Reform welfare, foreign aid in one blow

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Here's a novel idea about reforming welfare.

While there are a number of problems in this country, the two I'm concerned with are welfare and foreign aid. Our country spends billions every year on foreign aid, pouring funds into an endless money pit. Closer to home, we also pour billions into entitlement programs that have proved to be for some an endless generational cycle as parents pass the welfare mentality on to their children and so on.

I believe that I have come up with a solution to both problems.

Considering that we have spent billions in some countries and have failed to substantially raise their standard of living, there needs to be a point at which we look for real change instead of merely giving it lip service. Most welfare recipients in this country complain that the amount given to them is substandard and insufficient for them to maintain a reasonable standard of living. If we meld these two problems, we can begin to see a solution where they intertwine.

If we form a cooperative program with the foreign beneficiaries of our labors and relocate our welfare recipients to these depressed areas where the daily wage is something akin to $2 a week, they could live like kings and queens. Their standard of living would instantly increase, and the host country would benefit by having a constant flow of funds pouring into their economy. We could even form further cooperative programs by forming welfare-to-work incentives for our foreign welfare recipients. It's a win-win situation.

Of course this idea would surely be resisted by some, and there will be those bureaucrats who say, "We won't be able to have enough control of our money." But do we really have control of either situation now?

Our politicians should honestly begin to search for solutions to problems -- no matter how unpopular they may be -- instead of merely try to get re-elected.

Dan Duncan

Aiken, S.C.

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TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 02/02/10 - 11:55 pm
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I love your idea Mr. Duncan,

I love your idea Mr. Duncan, but the left will never go for it because they would be losing their base. They keep those impoverished dependant on the government dole so they can gaurantee an unfair advantage in all elections. Great idea though!

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veritas14 02/03/10 - 12:07 am
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As a wise man once said " A

As a wise man once said " A politician thinks about the next election- A statesman thinks about the next generation." IMO the last honest politician we had in washington was Sam Rayburn and that was a long time ago.

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willie7 02/03/10 - 12:36 am
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Very few welfare recipients
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Very few welfare recipients vote. Check the data.Most local voters are 35 and over and are highschool or above graduates.

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BetanInyoe 02/03/10 - 01:50 am
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Dan, I love the idea! Way to

Dan, I love the idea! Way to think outside the box.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/03/10 - 07:14 am
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Dan...requiring people to
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Dan...requiring people to work? Are you crazy? Do you have any idea how many politicians use that money to buy votes? Its another great idea that will never see the light of day, especially with this idiot president and congress in power.

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Dixieman 02/03/10 - 07:25 am
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Yeah, this will be happening

Yeah, this will be happening soon.

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johnston.cliff 02/03/10 - 08:19 am
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Great thinking, Dan. I like

Great thinking, Dan. I like your idea better than my "subsidy reservation" idea. Maybe we could require our "deportees" to be employable to regain entrance to the U.S. .

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Ga Values 02/03/10 - 09:07 am
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If elected President one of

If elected President one of the first things I would do would be to END foreign aid. We are borrowing money from China to give to people who do not act in the interest of the USA. That won't happen because our government is run by the LOBBYIST.

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willienelson 02/03/10 - 10:56 am
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Good morning all. Guess

Good morning all. Guess who... Can we take this one step further and oh.....say we take the Haitians and drop them off in another country that we already support. Then we rebuild the infrastructure in Haiti with much wider roads, lots of bingo parlors and restaurants and excellent hospitals. then when one goes on Social Security he is given a free place to live, free utilities and free medical care. This can be where most internships are performed. We could acutally reduce the size of their monthly checks and these old geezers can live like kings. A smaller portion of the isle could be used like an all expense included vacation resort for folks from all countries and the profits could sustain both parts. Just saying....

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Chillen 02/03/10 - 11:11 am
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Agreed, all foreign aid must

Agreed, all foreign aid must stop immediately. The US is broke and we need to keep our money here to fix our own house. Plus, what it is doing for us? Do other countries view us more favorably because of it? No, they still don't like us. You would not believe the US govt foreign aid waste. For example, I lived in Africa for a while. There are tractors over there that have been sitting idle for many, many years. Many never even used. Why? Two reasons - one is they prefer their own traditional farming methods and second, they don't have access to gasoline in the remote areas - duh!

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TheFederalist 02/03/10 - 02:55 pm
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Hey Willie, you are wrong, as

Hey Willie, you are wrong, as usual. ACORN changed all that. You do remember acorn don't you? Yep..the group that had their funding cut due to illegal activities. They enrolled hundreds of thousands of poor folk across this great nation, so they could vote, dead or alive.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 02/03/10 - 02:57 pm
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Hey, seems to me that I

Hey, seems to me that I recall that Mr. Hussein was intimately affiliated with Acorn before he ran for office? Yep...perhaps the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree? Pun intended.

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Roeschen 02/03/10 - 06:36 pm
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This is a great idea - and

This is a great idea - and for that reason, it will never fly. I doubt if any of the welfare recipients will go for it. However, it would be funny to see what kind of country these people would have 10 years later. Total chaos.

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chascush 02/03/10 - 08:50 pm
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willienelson, you seem to

willienelson, you seem to begrudge the old geezers drawing social security. But not surprising you don’t seem very bright, a few bricks short of a full load. Old geezers like me were forced to pay onto SS for almost 50 years and still paying. All we want is some of OUR money back. But willie, like the wise old man said ‘don’t try to argue with idiots’.

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