What poorly funded systems in the US can be funded by the  the money the government gives out for foreign aid?i am asking what systems in the US are not funded as well as they should be and how...

What poorly funded systems in the US can be funded by the  the money the government gives out for foreign aid?

i am asking what systems in the US are not funded as well as they should be and how the money that the US gives out to foreign aid can help those systems.

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Many, many systems and programs are "poorly funded" in this country and could benefit tremendously from an influx of capital. Take for example, the health-care industry. Medicaid and Medicare are funded by the government and year after year have realized cut backs insofar as what they will pay for. Ask any practicing physician about this and you will get an ear full so to speak.

Another area that lacks funding is the Department of Transportation. Our infrastructure of roads, highways, and bridges are in desperate need of repair. Some authorities believe that this system is on the verge of collapse.If this happens it will have far-reaching socioeconomic implications.

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Most Americans think we give out too much foreign aid, although those same Americans probably couldn't tell you how much we do give.  It's relatively small, about $30 billion per year.  About $5 billion is in military aid - weapons systems built in the United States, so to cut that aid is also to cut American jobs.  I'm not arguing for or against a cut, just wanted to add some perspective to my answer.  The $30 billion is about 1% of the total US budget.  If I had $30 billion to add to our spending priorities, these would be my top five choices of programs I think are poorly funded:

1)  Federal financial aid for college students

2)  Veterans Administration - spending for wounded vets' medical treatment, and pensions

3)  Alternative energy research and development (actually it is well funded, but I think the need for rapid advancement of this technology is paramount)

4)  Energy efficiency tax credits for homes and vehicles

5)  Public school construction grants

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The phrase "poorly funded" is one that is a very loaded term.  In other words, the only way to tell if something is "poorly funded" is to know how much money you think it should be getting.  A person who thinks that the military should get more money than it does could say that the military is poorly funded.  A person who thinks welfare programs should get more money can say they are poorly funded.  In both cases, it does not matter how much money is being spent already.  This means that there is no way to objectively say that some system is poorly funded -- it is totally a matter of opinion.

So if I were you , I would just pick some area that you think is really important.  Then you say that it needs more money and that the money we give other countries should go to it.

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