Target: Larry Bucshon, Indiana Congressman
Goal: Denounce Larry Bucshon for suggesting that the United States cut aid to foreign countries in order to fund a Navy stunt pilot group
Recently, Congressman Larry Buschon (R-IN) suggested that the United States cut its foreign aid budget in order to keep a Navy stunt pilot group in the air. The Blue Angels perform air stunts in shows for people across the United States and are a very expensive act. Cutting foreign aid abandons struggling countries in need, and could even lead to the death of displaced families and refugees. Don’t let entertainment stand in the way of humanitarian aid – denounce Representative Buschon for suggesting cuts to foreign aid in support of the Blue Angels.
Though President Obama recently pledged an increase in funding to Syrian refugees, fleeing to Jordan, Buschon wants to cut aid to both countries. With over 500,000 refugees that need help, Obama’s increase in funding still falls over $500 million short of what is needed. And of course, our foreign aid goes to many countries being rebuilt after our occupation of them during war.
In an interview with a local television station, Buschon expressed his disbelief that “we can give millions of dollars in foreign aid when we’re holding back on our own citizens.” Holding back is a relative term – it costs $37 million a year to keep up the Blue Angels team. The pilots tour the United States, in hopes of enhancing Navy and Marine Corps recruiting. . It seems ridiculous that Rep. Buschon would use talented Navy pilots for entertainment rather than the improved aid to victims of war and genocide.
U.S. foreign aid goes to millions of suffering people all over the world, and to suggest that we cut that in order to entertain the American people is disgusting. Condemn Rep. Buschon for recommending that the United States cut foreign aid to keep the Blue Angels in the air.
Dear Representative Buschon,
Recently, in an interview with WJTS, you suggested that the United States cut its foreign aid so that the Blue Angels do not have to discontinue their shows. Currently, the United States helps dozens of countries, their refugees, and rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts. The Blue Angels cost $37 million a year to entertain and attempt to recruit civilians.
The continuance of entertainment does not seem worth stripping foreign countries of their aid and is an insult to the countries in need. Furthermore, we may lose allies if we suddenly seem disinterested in helping other countries. I am disappointed in your suggestion and hope that you will consider publicly denouncing what you previously said on WJTS.
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