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We throw away billions of dollars in foreign aid

On March 1, a set of automatic budget cuts went into effect because the president and Congress couldn’t come to a compromise on how to reduce the budget. Apparently, these Draconian cuts are going to negatively affect numerous social programs and erode our national defense.

The government has a constitutional mandate to promote the general welfare and provide for the common defense, but there is no requirement to provide any type of foreign aid to any other nation. In fact, George Washington specifically warned us about these entangling alliances in his farewell address.

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