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While Trump Cuts Food Stamps, USAID Bankrolls Venezuela Regime Change

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From 2017 to December 2019, the Trump administration spent at least $654 million on Venezuela-related aid schemes. While Washington claims this spending assisted humanitarian efforts, much of the US taxpayers’ money financed efforts to destabilize and ultimately overthrow the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

This is the name of “democracy” when the supposed “president” appointed by the US has not even won an election but didn’t receive a single vote in the recent election.

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Dennis Kaiser is an author and consultant focusing on individual rights. As a US citizen Dennis is deeply concerned over how our nation has fallen from being productive and full of hope to one where that hope is being stripped from the majority (more...)
 

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Thanks Dennis for your time. Thanks for your care.

Thanks for your contributions. There are some of us to read your contributions.

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Food Stamps are down because less recipients qualify. That's a good thing. The program was never supposed to just shovel out the money based on budgets. It's based on the level of need. The rising tide of our economy raised the income of some poor people. That's bad?

Submitted on Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 at 1:23:27 PM

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While over all the poverty rate has declined from 13% to 12% in the past 2 years according to Brookings.


The poverty rate grew in 30% of counties between 2016 and 2018, according to a Stateline analysis of U.S. Census Bureau county estimates released this month. The poverty rate is the percentage of people in households earning less than the poverty threshold, currently $25,750 for a family of four.


The fact remains, why are we spending over $600 Million for regime change when that money could either be saved or spent on our own status?

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Is there any evidence that direct payments to working-aged, non disabled Americans and all illegal immigrants are beneficial to our country as a whole? I can understand the utility of short-term assistance based on absence of strict and investigated options. I just can't chew and digest that more 25% of of America's entire budget is funding over 80 federal programs for welfare. Does welfare disincentive alternate forms of private resources? Of course it does. Is there an inventive for government bureaucracies to in the business of welfare at the present level ? Again, of course. Ask the 10's of 1000's of bureaucrats employed. And at good salaries with all the benefits afforded government workers. The problem is there is no productivity rewards for the dole. Another clue is we've been increasing dollars and numbers of people eligible percentage wise with no measure of success. The opposite is true. More people stay longer in welfare than ever before. When every sad-sack story is treated equally, it becomes a magnet. We need welfare, yes. But trying to make all people equally eligible, based solely on present income guarantees graft and always increasing recipients and cost to taxpayers. Is 25% plus of our entire budget too much or not enough? Does the fact that our budget deficit has for years tracked the cost of welfare. Is borrowing 25% of our governmental expenses sustainable? Of course not. Increasing taxes sounds good, but increases always diminish the total collected. Would more Socialism solve everything? I admit I don't understand Socialism except that is requires much force of law. Capitalism seem more like a natural way to trade to human resources for needs and wants. I believe our deficit is a signal that we've pilled too much Socialism on our Capitalism. All will be solved for those that believe in Jesus and seek Gods will above their own.

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I agree we should let Venezuelan under Socialism fail on their own. We could then help pick up the pieces. If an organized and significant Capitalist effort by citizens, we could backstop them with weapons and/or resist unfriendly nations jumping in. They do have the largest proven oil reserves. e could leverage our help with expectations of re-payment.

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