Letters to the Editor

Foreign aid works

Since the Democratic National Convention wrapped up, there has been much discussion over Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s domestic policies on taxation, healthcare reform and student-loan debt.

However, it is also important to look at their plans for abroad. In particular, as it pertains to foreign aid.

Foreign aid has been maligned. It’s often called ineffective or corrupt.

Then there are those who argue that the United States already spends too much on aid.

In truth, less than 1 percent of our budget goes to foreign aid), and what little we do spend often has the power necessary to transform developing countries.

Using federal dollars to respond to these issues of poverty doesn’t only put the United States in a position of international leadership.

It’s also clear that poverty reducing international aid directly comes back to positively impact American jobs.

The National Security Strategy of the Bush administration pointed out that “poverty, weak institutions and corruption can make weak states vulnerable to terrorist networks and drug cartels within their borders.”

We must call on government officials to fight global poverty — and the desperation that often comes with it.

Sabrina Santos,

Boynton Beach