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A Brilliant Idea

Updated on September 17, 2017

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Brown is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Sunday, September 17, 2017. We have a new friend in the insect kingdom, and his name is Brown. He is a beetle by birth and an intellectual by design. Please join Brown this morning for a delicious serving of Egg Nog French Toast, one of Brown's specialties. Our new friend would like to discuss Senator Rand Paul's idea about how to fund disaster relief. I believe you may find the Senator's plan interesting. We hope to see you soon.

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Money, Money, Money

Thanks so much for joining me and Pop this morning. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have opened a path of destruction across our nation. Digging out from these disasters is going to be difficult and costly. A breath of fresh air has seen the light of day. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) has proposed an amendment that just might solve the overwhelming amount of money we are going to need to help the victims of these and future disasters. The Senator has suggested that we fund disaster relief with foreign aid money. After all, the U.S. pours billions of dollars into the coffers of other countries with very little return for our generosity. In fact, some of the recipients of this aid enjoy biting the hands that feed them. Those hands belong to you and me. Foreign aid is a bit like helping out some needy relatives who quite openly hate you. The gesture isn't appreciated and the money goes who knows where. We send millions of dollars to Mexico and Mexico sends us Gang members. If we used much of the money wrapped up in foreign aid to relieve our problems, our growing national debt might get under control. Now that would be the true meaning of "killing two birds with one stone." I'll probably get picketed by PETA for that remark, but I'll take my chances.

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Keep the Coins Here

Not everyone is on board with this proposal, but there is no surprise there. Senate Majority Non-Leader Mitch McConnell has already made a motion to table Paul's proposal. That shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. Senator McConnell knows how to waste money, and apparently he is intent on continuing the practice. He wasn't alone in his disdain for the proposal. McConnell's proposal to kill the bill passed 87-10. Had the American people been the deciding factor in implementing this proposal, I believe it would have passed. Most people are sick and tired of seeing their hard earned tax dollars fall into the hands of dictatorships that would love it if we fell off the earth and disappeared.

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Funneling the Money Away

Washington pretends to be horrified by the amount of debt we are shouldering. They are used to giving away our money with great abandon. They are also used to giving away money that doesn't really exist. This insanity has to stop. Sen. Rand's plan is loaded with common sense. Sadly, Washington doesn't understand common sense approaches to problems. It is possible that President Trump does, because he is deliberately holding back refilling jobs in Washington in an effort to downsize government. Unfortunately, he is only one man, and those who oppose him are on both sides of the aisle. Rand's proposal should make sense to our president. He can fund the wall by eliminating much of the wasted aid we give to Mexico. He can, at least, hold back the amount required to fund the wall. Sounds like a plan to me.

The Big Question

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Foreign Aid 101.

As far as governments are concerned, foreign aid is a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another. There are a variety of reasons why such a transfer takes place. Among them are bolstering an ally, rewarding a government for behaving like we want them to, or supplying humanitarian aid. Years ago, such aid was provided to stop other countries from turning into communist entities. The practice didn't work then and it certainly isn't working now. Why not keep the money here and help those who really need our assistance? Imagine the concept, if you will, of Americans helping Americans. I like it. Do you?


Brown's Song

Don"t know when I've felt so down

Money wasted out of town

Don't it turn my brown eyes blue

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    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      19 months ago

      Good Morning Dianna,

      It is great to see you at the table. Hope all is well.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      19 months ago

      Just popping in to read your article. I found it interesting, as always!

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Good Morning Jennifer,

      What a novel idea, America helping Americans! I'll save you a seat at the Inn.

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      Jennifer 

      20 months ago

      Why is it so foreign to think America first especially when dealing with Mother Nature. I love the idea, to think our money helps our fellow Americans

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Good Morning Chriss,

      ,

      This time around, I think we did learn. President Trump was proactive and ahead of the storm. His response was considered to be the best ever. Having said that, Mother Nature always wins especially when people don't heed the warnings. I also wonder why we continue to build homes in areas that are prone to flooding, Many homes and buildings are not built to withstand such enormous winds. We need to have tons of money put away on a regular basis to deal with these situations, so that we can help people immediately. We are getting better at it, but we are not there yet.

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      CHRIS57 

      20 months ago from Northern Germany

      Dear Pop,

      getting around on this planet quite a bit and personally witnessing situations makes me a little immune to fear and worries. Especially, when there is nothing behind but a little political rant.

      I seldomly comment and argue on matters, where i can´t relate personal experience. So the Harvey and Irma hurricanes remind me of a visit to the South of the US in 2005. I ran into lots of refugees and victims from Katrina and i ask myself why authorities don´t learn? Why is nothing done in advance to prevent damage?

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Dear Lori,

      Your youngest son is very astute. Very little makes sense when it comes to Washington. The one thing most of them detest is the truth. See you at the Inn.

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      Lori Colbo 

      20 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Rand's idea was sound and I think it would have done a lot to help our own. I can't understand what the reasoning is for the 87% who voted against it. But then that's our political system. My youngest son always says "Common sense isn't so common."

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Dear Chriss57,

      The U.S. is the most generous nation in the world. It is time that we evaluate what we are doing and who we are doing it for. There is so much to be done in our country. I believe you are German. Perhaps you should worry about your future and the safety of your nation.

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      CHRIS57 

      20 months ago from Northern Germany

      Yes, it is the 50 billion, that i was referring to. A tiny fraction of GDP.

      Try to compare this to the Netherlands for example. They donate 3 times as much per GDP while doing yearly investments of similar size for preventive coastal flood protection.

      Shouldn´t we expect from a grown up, advanced and civilized nation like the US, that their people are not left helpless and unprotected like people in Bangladesh?

      What about doing something in advance and not only afterwards? What about preventive measures?

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Good Morning CHRIS57,

      How does 50 billion dollars sound to you? We could do a lot better with that money than throwing it away on countries that despise us, and who use it to benefit themselves and not their citizens.

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      CHRIS57 

      20 months ago from Northern Germany

      Please, what foreign aid are you talking about? Do you mean this tiny fraction of GDP that makes the US aid comparable to that from Greece or Slovenia?

      I can´t take this discussion seriously. You make of Brown an elephant.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Dear Francine,

      Imagine what we could accomplish if "we the people" were really in charge. Those we elect accomplish nada. President Trump has great ideas and intentions. Now all he needs is his own party to stand behind him and us. Is that asking too much?

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      Francine19 

      20 months ago

      It's a great idea, and makes way to much sense for it to be approved by our politicians. Why help our own people when we can give to countries that have only disdain for us!!

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Good Morning Robert,

      You are on the money. The funds we give to other countries always goes into the hands of a precious few. Rarely, is it every used to improve the loves of the people. This old way of dealing with the world is outdated, useless and self defeating. It is time for a big change. See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Good Morning Paula,

      You're right of course, as usual!

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Good Morning Carol,

      What an absolute pleasure it is to see you at the breakfast table. I hope you and yours are doing well.

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      carol stanley 

      20 months ago from Arizona

      Hi: I just saw an article by you and dropped in to Hub. As always well written, clever and meaningful. Hope you are doing well...

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      Paula 

      20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      It might be faster to name a few who have their heads attached correctly, but I can't imagine just those 2 individuals could handle our entire country...can you?

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      Fiddleman 

      20 months ago

      Brown and Rand are genious! I have thought much about how we have given so much to foreign countries and see how they have used the funds to build arsenals of nuclear weapons while many in their countries continue to starve and suffer from incredible diseases for lack of proper nutrition and care. Have you notice the flood of help from foreign countries sending help to recover from the two majo hurricanes that have devastated so much of the Texas coast, New Orleans and the entire state of Florida? Me either. Something that needs to be thought about not tabled.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Dear Paula,

      It might be fun to name them all on a rainy day. We would probably run out of ink, but I wouldn't mind trying. It might to faster to name the few who seem to have their heads attached correctly and get rid of the rest. See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Dear Tom,

      UN expenses should be at the top of the list, and I would like to see it happen soon. Our country is being played for fools, and it is time to put an end to the stupidity. See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      20 months ago

      Dear Bill,

      It is about time that common sense took over Washington. The mess that has been going on for far too long is stagnant. See you at the Inn.

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no problem with that. It's not going to happen, but if it did I would support it.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      20 months ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Brown,

      Sounds good to me. We must remember to count UN expenses as foreign aid.

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      Paula 

      20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Pop & newcomer, Brown.....I really REALLY like Rand Paul and I'm not surprised he came up with a fabulous, rational idea for funding disasters. I'm also not surprised the usual morons are against it. Some things never change.

      I could list all the OLD (as in staying way over their welcome~~not to mention usefulness) codgers in politics whose already comatose-like brains have rendered them totally brain dead....but I don't have all day.

      One utterly disgusted American, Paula

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