John Kerry is simply doing what is best for the United States of America. First and foremost, he is doing his job as the Secretary of State to keep the budget allocated to him in the best condition possible. We need to keep our alliances strong and a strong budget is the best way.
Secretary Kerry has every right to defend the foreign aid budget. Military might and power are not enough to hold sway around the world, and it takes money to get people's attention. Other governments take what we say seriously because of that foreign aid. Threatening to reduce or revoke is an effective form of intimidation.
I don't think it's fair to give up foreign aid to those who have no other way of getting help. We're a very rich country, even during these hard times, and these people need help more than we do. At the same time, I think we should restructure the budget to make sure all of our funds are being spent for valid reasons.
The 2013 foreign aid budget was $56.1 billion, which is money we do not have. We are wasting taxpayer money on countries that are seeing no long-term change. The United States could be helping our school systems, or medicare, or jobs, but no, we have to help other countries first. We are $17 trillion in debt, and we are just giving our money away to other countries, putting them in debt to us. IT IS NOT RIGHT
We just don't have the money to be handing out that kind of money. Yes, some people really need the money and aid, but a lot of that money isn't being used properly. It would be better to re-evaluate the current budget and only give aid to those who truly need it. Besides, we have our own economic problems to deal with in the United States. We could use the jobs.