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Unread postby fiona1964 » 16 Apr 2011 17:17

Do you think it is Ok for your Government to send money to other Countries ?
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Unread postby robi » 16 Apr 2011 18:13

We should only send stuff to other countries when we get our own country in order, how can one send one billions of pounds when we are ten of billions in debt it does not make any sense.
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Unread postby Medora » 18 Apr 2011 04:25

The problem is not so much that aid is given to those who need it in other countries (most especially during a disaster), but that the money often ends up in the hands of those who do not need it and for purposes that are less than philanthropic. (I cannot help but recall the following sentence included in a political cartoon by Johny Hart titled "B.C.": "Foreign aid: when you take money from the poor people in a rich country and give it to the rich people in a poor country.")

Relatedly, worldwide organizations set up by supranational corporations (e.g., the World Bank) give money with the agenda of supporting a certain economic worldview, which is far more apt to help repressive regimes in power than the powerless desperate for help (or made desperate for help as a result).

You see, plenty of money is available and spent for the country itself, but often to support the powerful and wealthy rather than those who most need the uplift that can be given by putting money to use with their needs in mind. Sometimes, someone may say something like, "How can you find that much money to support government health care?" Interestingly, the government routinely finds money to help the rich (bail outs, say, or George H.W. Bush's seaside property, $300k of $400k in damage paid for by taxpayers).

In addition, you have a health care program like Medicare here in America that is giving the government surpluses and yet Congressmen keep trying to undermine it (probably especially because of its efficiency, as it undermines the corporations (particularly the health care industry, in this case) that they have to thank for their deep pockets, on the unusual occasion that a distinction can easily be made between them and the corporations that support them (read: "revolving door")).

A more specific example may be the money several times over than the world combined used for military here in America that can instead be invested in the needs of the majority who do not own most of the property and money.

On the other hand, America may be preparing for the alien invasion, and then the world will thank us when it takes place.

Remember: if you hold your breath for too long, it may not be good for your health.

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"As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance."— John Dewey, American educator and philosopher.
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Unread postby J.A.D.E » 21 Apr 2011 06:39

I would say, send people/goods instead of money.

If a country gets hit by a cyclone or tsunami, governtments should arrange to employ (and pay) skilled labourers who are willing to work overseas. If boosts the job market and still benefity the stricken country. Sending goods would also help boost manufacturing & industry.
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Unread postby Richazey » 21 Apr 2011 22:55

Simple, sort your own affairs out before helping others. I don't mind giving aid so long as we have no issues. Right now our country is on its backside so the last thing we should be doing is helping others.
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Unread postby J.A.D.E » 26 Apr 2011 02:08

Richazey wrote:Simple, sort your own affairs out before helping others.


Robi wrote:We should only send stuff to other countries when we get our own country in order


...and when you you all agree that your country is in order? I cannot think of any country or any citizen admitting that "everything is in order". It is more like giving a bit to charity though you have a mortgage.

Secondly, it has to do with economics. For example Japan economy falls to the recent disaster, then it would affect the world as a whole from manufacturing to steel to oil. So it is better for every country to play a stabilising role to their own indirect benefit.
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Unread postby Joel » 26 Apr 2011 06:28

Yes i think its OK. We are helping others after all right?
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Unread postby sazhazey » 26 Apr 2011 08:27

Nope can think of better things to spend my hard earned money then helping other countries
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Unread postby Joel » 26 Apr 2011 08:45

OK sorry if i got this wrong, but the Government is spending the money, and you aren't going to lose anything right? Its not like they ask you to contribute anything right?
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Unread postby sazhazey » 26 Apr 2011 09:21

And how do they get that money joel?

Via taxing its people in other words me
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