Each year, the United States spends more than $1.5 billion feeding starving people overseas. But our charity comes with a catch: The food has to be bought in America, and much of it must be shipped on American ships. Researchers estimate that buying food closer to where needy people are costs about half as much. We could feed millions more people on the same amount of money, without these rules. At a time of budget cuts, you would think that one thing Republicans and Democrats could agree on would be making sure every tax dollar stretches as far as it can. Everyone knows how wasteful the system is. Why don’t we just change it?
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