Ron Paul on International Aid
Congressman Ron Paul opposes foreign aid to all countries on constitutional, practical, and moral grounds. Constitutionally, Congressman Paul notes that the document that created our country does not grant permission to Congress or the President to authorize funds to be taken from the national treasure and given to foreign countries. He also cites the statements of some of the founding fathers who warned the US to steer clear of foreign entanglements.
On a moral ground, Congressman Paul opposes foreign aid as it takes money from poor people in rich countries and gives it to rich people in foreign countries. Congressman Paul notes that the morality of taking money from people of the United States to be given to those in other countries is not moral or benevolent, especially when the US does not have enough money to pay for it's own needs.
From a practical standpoint, Congressman Paul notes that the amount of foreign that actually reaches those who need it is dramatically reduced after the numerous levels of bureaucracy within each government is paid for the distribution and any corrupt politician then takes their cut.
Congressman Paul notes that because foreign aid comes from governments, it usually has political strings attached to it, and as such is really a cover for political interventionism. As examples of this, he cites the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Millennium Challenge Account. He stated that the National Endowment for Democracy funds are usually spent trying to manipulate elections overseas so that a favored foreign political party wins "democratic" elections. This result is not beneficial to those seeking a truly democratic state. As for the Millennium Challenge Account, which sends U.S. aid to countries that meet U.S.-determined economic reform criteria, Congressman Paul notes that countries that enact solid economic policies will attract many times the amount of private foreign investment on international capital markets than they receive through the Millennium Challenge program.
Congressman Paul has spoken about how the use of foreign aid creates instability and promotes an anti-American view. He cites examples such as Egypt, where the US was spending billions of dollars to prop up a regime that was opposed by a vast majority of the people there. He notes that for the money we spent there, the US received a nation of people who opposed our involvement and are now untrusting of the US. Congressman Paul notes that the instability and corruption that foreign aid fosters only serves to discredit the US and lower our moral standing in the world.
Deficits and International Aid
In November of 2005, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address a recent package for international aid while the US is running huge deficits and is unable to address the Katrina aftermath.
True Foreign Aid
In June of 2006, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss what he called "True Foreign Aid."
Annual Foreign Aid Rip off
In June of 2005, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss the various programs funded through foreign aid.
Foreign Aid to Israel and Egypt
In November of 2007, Congressman Paul was asked about foreign aid to Israel on CSPAN. Congressman Paul stated that he supported ending aid to Israel and Egypt.
Foreign Aid and Africa
In March of 2008, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address foreign aid in Africa and why it won't help Africa.
The Revolution; A Manifesto
In Congressman Paul's book, he notes on page 99 that foreign is simply taking property from Americans and giving it to the leaders of foreign countries.
Morally, I cannot justify the violent seizure of property from Americans in order to redistribute that property to a foreign government - and usually one that is responsible for the appalling material condition of its people. Surely we can agree that Americans ought not to be doing forced labor on behalf of other regimes, and that is exactly what foreign aid is.
Foreign Aid to Egypt, Jordan
In January of 2010, Congressman Paul appeared on Fox News and discussed the effects of foreign aid to Egypt and other countries.
How Foreign Aid Creates Instability and Isolates America
In February of 2011, Congressman Paul used his radio message to address the effects of foreign aid on the US and the rest of the world.
Letter to Colleagues
In February of 2011, Congressman Paul wrote a letter to his colleagues in the House urging them to end all foreign aid.
Borrowing money from China — or printing it out of thin air — to hand out overseas in [an] attempt to purchase friends has been a failing foreign policy, as we see most recently in Egypt where there is not even a government in place! We should seek friendly relations and trade overseas, but we cannot justify lavish gifts to foreign leaders when American taxpayers are increasingly feeling the pain of our economic crisis…. We cannot afford to have ‘business as usual’ when we are bankrupt.
At that same time, Congressman Paul appeared on Fox News and spoke about his desire to end international aid and the negative effects that aid has on the US.
2011 CPAC Speech
In February of 2011 Congressman Paul spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee. He stated during that speech that foreign aid was taking money from poor people in a rich country and giving it to rich people in a poor country.
Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country. And there can't be a better example of that than what we did with Egypt. We took money from you, it made people poorer, it contributed to our debt, billions and billions of dollars and all we get is chaos from it, and instability. There’s nothing wrong with what the founders talked about. They talked about having friendships and trading and getting along with people and with staying out of entangling alliances and the internal affairs of foreign countries when it’s none of our business.
Buying Friends Creates More Enemies
In March of 2011, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to again discuss the effects that international aid has on creating more enemies.
The Western Debate
In October of 2011, Congressman Paul participated in the Western Debate in Las Vegas. He states that foreign aid should be cut to everyone.
CNN National Security Debate
On November 22, 2011 Congressman Paul participated in the CNN debate on national security. He stated that he did not support foreign aid. He also stated that it would be beneficial to the nation to avoid spending aid on other countries in an attempt to promote ideology.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.
 Website: AntiWar.com Article: True Foreign Aid Author: Congressman Ron Paul Accessed on: 02/27/2011
 Website: Daily Caller Article: Ron Paul calls for end to foreign aid, applauds House for not extending PATRIOT Act Author: Matthew Boyle Accessed on: 03/22/2011