Thursday, April 03, 2008

U.S. House passes big hike in global AIDS funds -- unconstitutional!

This may be a fine charitable cause for private donors, but the U.S. government has no Constitutional authorization, and therefore no business, spending our tax dollars in this sort of fashion.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to more than triple spending to fight AIDS in Africa and other parts of the world, one of President George W. Bush's foremost foreign aid quests.

U.S. House passes big hike in global AIDS funds | International | Reuters

In 2004, Congressman (and current presidential candidate) Ron Paul wrote:

The question nobody in Washington wants to answer is this: What gives the Congress the right to send American tax dollars overseas in the first place? Certainly not the Constitution. Why should American taxpayers, many of whom are poor themselves, be expected to fund foreign welfare? Remember that the poorest Americans are hardest hit by the inflation tax, which is the direct result of deficit spending and the printing of new money to service federal debts...

Even the worst domestic program is better than useless and meddlesome foreign aid.

Saving the World With Your Money by Ron Paul

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