Target: Republican National Committee
Goal: Maintain foreign aid commitments and continue to provide relief to needy people regardless of their country’s current relationship to the United States.
When asked how much of the United State’s budget should go to foreign aid, most people say five percent. The truth is, we only give about one percent. Yet even though only one cent of every dollar goes to foreign aid, many prominent republican politicians want to cut it back even further.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed the idea of “zeroing” our foreign aid commitments. Countries that have previously counted on foreign aid for programs, such as AIDS/HIV prevention and disaster relief, will have to re-petition the United States for aid.
Mitt Romney concurred with the idea, stipulating that he would cut funding from countries that “oppose American interests.” Other proponents for this plan include Newt Gingrich. Why should a child born with HIV be punished because his or her government disagrees with the United States? International politics should not determine if someone receives first aid after losing their home in an earthquake.
The aid we give is so small that we could cut it entirely and do nothing to better our country’s deficit. We spend 13 times the amount on Medicare, and almost 20 times the amount on defense. Yet even though the amount seems minuscule to us, countries that receive US foreign aid count on it.
By signing the petition below you are saying that you disagree with many of the republican politicians who want to zero our foreign aid commitments. This is our tax dollars at work. How do you want your money spent?
Dear Republican National Committee,
Only one percent of the United States’ budget goes to foreign aid. This is not even a fraction of what we spend on defense and Medicare. We must maintain our current foreign aid commitments, regardless of the receiving country’s relationship with the United States.
The foreign aid we send abroad goes to programs that fund AIDS/HIV prevention and disaster relief. The people who receive that aid are more important than sending a message to the countries they live in.
I am urging you to maintain our foreign aid commitments. This is not a matter of politics, but a matter of human life and humanitarian efforts. I want my tax dollars to go to life saving programs worldwide.
[Your Name Here]
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