Antelope Valley Press

Biden, Schumer, Romney foreign aid budget buster

- Stephen Moore Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at FreedomWor­ks and cofounder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity.

President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and a handful of left-leaning Republican­s (led by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, of course) have just agreed to a near $100 billion foreign aid bill for Israel and Ukraine.

Is the spending addiction so severe that there is NOTHING Congress will not spend and borrow money for?

Not one penny of this aid package is paid for with offsetting spending cuts from a near $6 trillion budget. President Donald Trump has sensibly suggested that the foreign aid funds — if any — should be in the form of a loan to be paid back by the recipient countries over time. The Dems wouldn’t go for that.

The Dems and the White House have even resisted audits of where the first tranches of money to Ukraine have gone — which naturally makes us suspicious.

We’ve argued from Day 1 that, by far, the single most effective way to stop the Russia war machine is to drill and drill and drill for oil and gas here at home to drive down the world price of oil. BOTH the aggression­s by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Hamas terrorists were aided and abetted by Biden’s insane war on American energy. Is it a mere coincidenc­e that Putin moved Russian troops and tanks into Ukraine AFTER Biden entered the Oval Office? Both of these warriors are funded with petrodolla­rs.

Where is this “bipartisan” agreement for more drilling and more pipelines? Biden called for taxpayers to make a sacrifice and do “our duty” to defend our allies, but the one thing he won’t sacrifice is his green agenda.

I know that Americans of goodwill have very different opinions on the wisdom of intervenin­g in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. But what we all should agree on is that the greatest threat to American economic and national security is out-of-control government debt spending, which will soon exceed $35 trillion. This bill adds another $1,200 per household to our debt, as calculated by the Heritage Foundation. And just the interest payments on the additional borrowing will add billions more to the river of red ink.

When challenged on his reckless financial policies, Biden blames Trump and “Republican tax cuts.” But the table below compares the deficits added by Trump versus Biden (excluding the two COVID years when the economy was shut down and being rebuilt from the pandemic).

Neither was tightfiste­d when it came to controllin­g spending, but Biden’s annual deficits per year were $1.5 trillion — twice as high as Trump’s $750 billion. And these dismal Biden numbers don’t even include the $100 billion this foreign aid bill adds to the national credit card.

If spending more on Israel and Ukraine is such a vital priority for America, surely we could cut a mere 2 cents out of the dollar from every other program to pay for it.

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