The Senate's vote to acquit Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment this month brought a much-needed end to the tiring impeachment saga America has been subject to in the last few months.
The impeachment controversy arose when President Donald Trump initially withheld military aid from Ukraine unless President Volodymyr Zelensky provided revelatory information about political rivals such as presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's business dealings. After a whistleblower alleged that Trump may have abused power, the managerial class was off to the races to launch an impeachment inquiry against him. For the past few months, DC pundits have yammered on about the implications of impeachment while the rest of the country has been busy getting on with their lives the way that normal people not living off government largesse do.
Now that the impeachment trial is over, maybe we can actually talk about more relevant issues like foreign aid. For more than seventy-five years, foreign assistance has played an integral role in American foreign policy. In 2019, a total of $39.2 billion was spent on foreign assistance, and at a quick glance it has left a lot to be desired.
School textbooks tend to make foreign aid look like a simple process, but as with anything the government runs, foreign aid has its obligatory share of red tape.Fergus Hodgson of Econ Americas noted that"Little of the development funds trickle down to the target communities,"in explaining why countries like Ethiopia and Haiti remain backwards.More importantly, Hodgson provided an unpleasant depiction of where foreign aid money generally goes:
A confiscatory portion goes to the pockets of federal bureaucrats and U.S. contractors, and another sizable chunk goes to urban, middle-class, or affluent partners in recipient countries. Further, one-fifth of U.S. aid goes through local governments, which tend to be corrupt and incompetent.
As far as the countries where the bulk of foreign aid is going, they're not necessarily the most institutionally sound.War-ravaged countries such as Afghanistan ($5.1 billion), Iraq ($880 million), and Yemen ($565 million) received substantial aid in the fiscal year of 2018-be it in economic or military form. The first two countries have been subject to US invasions, in which the US government may have spent more than $5 trillion[Ron: allegedly] trying to turn them into Western-style democracies. In the case of Yemen, the US has been dragged into a proxy war all thanks to its "special relationship" with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After nearly two decades of nation building, there appears to be no end in sight to American involvement in the region.
Thanks to the ruling class's Russophobia, Ukraine was easy to side with in the Crimean conflictafter Russia ramped up its intervention in the Crimean Peninsula.
[Ron: This is a typical US propaganda LIE! US Jewess Victoria Nuland boasted that the US spent over five billion USD organising and financing the Jews' KIEV COUP in February 2014 which resulted in the resultant Jew infested Ukrainian COUP government killing, torturing opponents of the Coup as well as attacking Russian speaking Ukrainians and beseiging two cities in Eastern Ukraine and threatening to do the same to the Crimea. As a rsult the popualation of the Crimea voted in a referendum to join Russia and Russia accepted them. See eg: The Deep State, the IMF and the Fleecing of Ukraine -http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/The-Deep-State-the-IMF-and-the-Fleecing-of-Ukraine.shtml
None of the aforementioned countries are exemplars of clean governance. Transparency International's 2018 Corruption Perceptions Indexrevealed that Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, and Yemen have putrid corruption rankings of 172nd, 168th, 120th, and 176th place, respectively.
[Ron: Notice that the nations most responsible for global corruption and especially the corruption in ALL of the above mentioned nations, and most others, are not prominent inTransparency International's 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index
The truth is Pilgrims, that humans on this planet live, breathe and have their material being in a sea of lies which almost ensures the total corruption of what it means to be human. Human beings are defined by having “mind” (the ability to think), and free will, which entails the ability to think and act freely without coercion. However, the human mind has been covertly and almost universally corrupted on this planet by aeons of secrecy, coercion and disinformation. The result is that we are not free and barely human.
Transparency International's recently released 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index is a typical example of the nature and depth of the distortion and corruption it purports to chronicle.
'Corruptions Perceptions Index’ is also a typical example of the endlessly repetitive methodology used by our global matrix controllers to distort our understanding in order to vitiate human consciousness and freedom, turning us into mindless, passive slaves, in effect, zombies.
To see through the welter of FAUX history, news and disinformation besetting us to arrive at an approximation of truth, is the task set for all incarnates on this planet.That is what attaining higher consciousness here entails!That is our individual and collective task.We must overcome the false milieu that all but overwhelms everyone from cradle to grave in order to create a God centred Golden Age on this planet.
Given the corrupt nature of the planet's current global management matrix, attainment of the higher consciousness needed to progress into Light and Life requires us to become expert bullshit detectors. That requires constant mental effort. DO IT, Pilgrims! Do it for yourselves, each other and your Creator!
And remeber, help is at hand. Christ Michael Aton proclaimed the commencement of his 1000 year Millennial Reign on 5 February 2019 and he and his Universe Management assistants are here to ensure that we achieve Light and Life.].
Foreign Aid Encourages Bad Behavior
Foreign aid is not a get-rich-quick scheme for developing countries. Instead of building wealth, it comes with some not-so-pleasant consequences for the recipient nation. Also, such programs aren't free. Someone ultimately has to pay for them. At the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, former congressman Ron Paul famously declared that
Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country. [Ron: But as the Bidens' scandal in Ukraine also evidences, US Foreign aid also takes from poor USans and indirectly "gives" it to rich USans.].
Thanks to a steady flow of outside funding, governments receiving aid no longer have to be accountable to their citizens. Knowing that US taxpayers will bail them out, some governments have no incentive whatsoever to innovate or keep corruption in check. Like subsidizing American banks making bad decisions at the domestic level, giving foreign aid to corrupt governments or factions within a country only encourages bad behavior.
DC has become so detached from the concept of rational economics that it treats the blood and sweat of taxpayers as malleable inputs that can be squeezed out of the population and sent abroad on a legislative whim. All of this is done with complete disregard for the unforeseen consequences that these policies inevitably produce.
Economist Frédéric Bastiat's essay "That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen" offers various points to consider when approaching the subject of government transfers such as foreign aid. What is seen is the recipient government being propped up thanks to the aid injection, which pleases both the recipient country's elites and US foreign policy wonks.
However, what is not seen are the potential reform movements that would emerge under normal political circumstances. These movements often hold the key to breaking free of the cycle of corruption and poverty that many of these countries find themselves in. But when foreign aid enters the equation, the establishment government is artificially propped up at reformist factions' expense. Domestically speaking, foreign aid money is clearly coming from American taxpayers. In an ideal world, this money would be in the hands of American taxpayers and put to use in the private sector. Sadly, most political leaders will never take these concerns into consideration. The signing ceremonies of foreign aid agreements and the subsequent ego boosts are too irresistible to DC do-gooders, so they'll work diligently to keep the foreign aid gravy train in place.
[Ron: Actually the real reason US political leaders do not "take the said concerns into consideration is that they are getting a large slice of the aid money 'off the top" from the political leaders in the recopient nations.].
Let's not kid ourselves. It is the height of naivete to believe that developing countries will magically become rich via wealth transfers from First World countries.It ignores many of the institutions of freedom-private property and federalism-that enabled countries like the US to become the most prosperous societies in human history.
[Ron: I disagree. The US has become rich by stealing lands and resources from other nations AND by stealing the wealth of the Collateral Accounts of the Global Debt Facility controlled by the TTTGC from 1945 until 1995 and now by the International Treasury Controller.].
Policymakerswill have to think outside the box if they want to see more nations join the ranks of the developed world.
[Ron: Actually our world leaders need to eliminate usurious global central banks and corporate personhood which will enable the people of every nation to govern themselves and retain the benefits of their physical resources and the fruits of their labours. THAT will enable the elimination of global poverty in short order.].
Some Alternatives to Consider
Indeed, there are more practical alternatives to using heavy-handed state measures to help developing countires. First off, bilateral free trade is a much better way to handle the issue of economic development. Expanding trade relations makes sense with regions such as Central America, which stand to benefit from the inflow of North American capital. Increased trade and investment will raise living standards in these capital-starved regions while also providing American consumers and entrepreneurs access to a new market of goods and services.
[Ron: Nations must be allowed to create and distribute their own asset backed money. And all international financial transactions should probably be subject to a small Tobin tax. THEN so-called capital-starved regions" will cease to exist.].
Another foreign aid alternative to consider is the revival of exchange programs such as the renowned collaboration between the University of Chicago and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in the 1950s. This program helped create a new generation of free market economists who would craft the very policies that catapulted Chile into the highest echelons of economic development in Latin America. The exchange program between the two universities still exists, but these efforts could be replicated and expanded to other countries without much state sponsorship.
[Ron: Actually 'The Chicago Boys' were responsible, together with the CIA, for the murder of President allende and thousands of Chileans in the 1973 US instigated COUP.].
Neither of these solutions involve dumping foreign aid into these regions or using military intervention to help them. The key to beating poverty from Santiago de Chile to Kinshasa (in the Congo) is still to increase these countries' capital stock, not confiscate Americans' wealth and ship it off in the form of foreign aid packages. The only serious way to do this is through policies which reduce regulatory barriers, respect property rights, expand commerce, and otherwise facilitate capital formation.
But this may be too much to ask of Western politicians who are fixated on using the government to solve every conceivable socioeconomic problem they encounter.