JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH – HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LAUGHED OUT OF THE ROOM – A WORD ON FOREIGN AID   Leave a comment

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

State of the Union: Donald Trump suggests UK among ‘enemies of America’ after UN Jerusalem vote
US foreign aid should ‘only go to friends of America’, says President

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Response to a comment suggesting Trump was being logical:

Why comment when you have nothing to say?

“Enemies” is a very strong word, and it is totally inappropriate in this context.

Because someone disagrees with you doesn’t turn them into an enemy, unless you are an ignorant, loud-mouthed coward like Trump.

So, by this 3-year old’s attempt at logic, her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition are enemies?

His speech should have been laughed at with a laughter reflecting contempt.

Only there’s nothing funny about the abuse of power and stealing what’s not yours – the very things his dirty little Jerusalem deal with the corrupt and murderous Netanyahu supports.
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Response to a comment saying foreign aid is supposed to be about helping need:

Actually, foreign aid has always reflected influence peddling.

Real needs take a back seat, always.

You see, those payments represent something which can be ended or just diminished or increased as the donor wishes, and what the donor wishes depends on whether the recipient does as he is asked in international organizations and votes.

It has never been any different. Indeed, back in the late Middle Ages, the common practice of granting a “pension,” as by the King of Spain to an important court personage, say, in the Court of England, served the same purpose.

Of course, we should always bear in mind that Israel gets a slice of foreign aid fatter than everyone else on the planet. It literally floats on American subsidies.

Just the annual formal aid package – not including the many other subsidies and favors given – provides each Israeli with about $500 each year, a top-up only to be wished for anywhere else.

Posted January 31, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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