Just so y’all know, this is a rant. I’m kind of pissed right now.
Let’s talk about money for a minute. I know, I know, that’s one of those iffy subjects. You don’t break out your paycheck in front of your coworkers. It’s just in poor taste. And personally, I’ve always tried to keep politics (usually) and religion (sometimes) out of my conversations and blogs.
It doesn’t matter how polite or balanced you try to be, tempers flare, personal feelings come up and they often get hurt. Now I don’t watch TV much. I get my news from the ‘net. Every source possible. The left (CNN, what used to be MSNBC), the right (Fox), and as many outside sources as possible. Log on sometime to BBC or Al Jazeera. You’d be surprised at the different perspectives. Everything from the Brits isn’t snobbish and everything from the Middle East isn’t ‘Death to America’.
But back to money. The very first site I went to today was talking about how the US was reconsidering aid to Egypt and Syria’ in light of recent events’. Aid of course being money we send them to be our friends.
Here’s something that might interest you if you’re curious about American finances. Check out the page http://foreignassistance.gov/CountryIntro.aspx. It shows a pretty little map and gives a country by country breakdown of where the United States is sending money.
Some examples of what we’re planning to give in 2014:
- Egypt - $1.5 Billion
- Pakistan - $1.1 Billion
- South Africa - $445 Million
- Poland - $19 Million
- Mexico - $205 Million
- Portugal - $100,000 (Really?!)
- Tanzania - $552 Million