Why Funding Ukraine Is Just Dead Wrong

Article publisher: 
Revolver
Article date: 
13 May 2022
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National News
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Quietly, thoughtlessly, and ominously, America is sleepwalking towards a nuclear war.

Two weeks ago, the Biden Administration asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia. But in a divided Washington, the Uniparty has united in agreement that $33 billion is not enough. On Monday, Republicans and Democrats in Congress struck a deal to send Ukraine $40 billion in aid. Leaders unveiled the bill text on Tuesday, and voted on it within hours....

Full List Of The 57 Republicans That Voted Against The Democrats America Last $40 Billion Foreign Aid Package For Ukraine pic.twitter.com/tkvybRqpqQ ...

For now, the aid package has been held up thanks to a gutsy objection from Sen. Rand Paul. Still, one senator can’t block it forever....

Huge numbers are always getting thrown around in Washington, so it’s worth pausing to evaluate just what $43 billion means.

  • The $43 billion is roughly three times the final cost of President Trump’s unfinished border wall with Mexico.
  • If this U.S. aid were a national military budget, it would be the 10th-largest military budget in the world, just ahead of South Korea and well above countries like Italy, Australia, and Iran. Even if one excludes the non-military portions of the package, it exceeds the defense budgets of Israel.
  • Speaking of Israel, this six-month aid package exceeds all U.S. aid to Israel over the past decade.
  • $43 billion is more than the cost of any of the first eight years of the war in Afghanistan
  • $43 billion handily exceeds the current budget of the Department of Justice, which has some 113,000 employees. It’s almost double the budget of NASA.

And keep in mind, this is only to cover through next September. If the war is still grinding on then, and... Biden comes back asking for another $40 billion to cover another five months, America will end up spending $83 billion in one year on a war that our own soldiers are not even fighting in. For comparison, 1991’s Gulf War, which the U.S. actually fought in, cost the country just $14 billion in 2022 dollars.

Yet incredibly and depressingly, the consensus at the top of the GOP is that $43 billion for Ukraine is the single best and most important use of America’s dwindling wealth....

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Rand Paul Blocks Swift Passage of $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package, American Greatness, 14 May 2022:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday threw a wrench in the Senate’s plans to swiftly pass the $40 billion Ukraine package this week, delaying the vote until at least next week, and possibly beyond...

“We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy,” he declared, arguing that the historic inflation the nation is seeing is due to the regime’s profligate deficit spending.

“Americans are feeling the pain, and Congress seems intent only on adding to that pain by shoveling more money out the door as fast as they can,” Paul said.

“It’s not like that we have that money just laying around. We’ll have to borrow money from China to send it to Ukraine,” he added. “With a $30 trillion debt, we can’t afford to be the world’s policeman.”...

 

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