Cut, Cut, Cut the Budget…Just Don’t Touch Israel

If the GOP’s electoral wins next week are enough to take over Congress, one thing they’ve pledged to do is “stop out-of-control spending,” as their “Pledge to America” policy blueprint says.  But don’t even think about touching the over $3 billion in annual aid the United States gives to Israel.

Politico‘s Laura Rozen reports, via the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, that  House Republican whip Eric Cantor “would propose separating U.S. aid to Israel from the foreign operations budget, which the GOP may vote to defund”:

Cantor, of Virginia, said he wants to protect funding for Israel should that situation arise.

“Part of the dilemma is that Israel has been put in the overall foreign aid looping,” he said when asked about the increasing tendency of Republicans in recent years to vote against foreign operations appropriations. “I’m hoping we can see some kind of separation in terms of tax dollars going to Israel.”

Cantor’s statement was a sign that the Republican leadership was ready to defer to the party’s right wing on this matter. Some on the GOP right have suggested including Israel aid in the defense budget, and a number of Tea Party-backed candidates have said they would vote against what is known in Congress as “foreign ops.”

The Republican Party (as well as some Democrats) wants to decrease Social Security benefits, among other austerity measures, in their effort to reduce government spending.  But government funding of an illegal and racist occupation?  Keep the cash flowing.

2 responses to “Cut, Cut, Cut the Budget…Just Don’t Touch Israel

  1. Israel is why I won’t vote for either party.
    Why I changed my dem registration to unaffiliated.
    Why I write in names on election ballots.
    Why I no longer contribute to the DNC and instead seek out specific candidates like Moran and others who have spoken up about the Israel aberration in our government and send checks to them instead.
    When you have presidential candidates and politicians stand up and swear their loyalty to a foreign country and vow to dedicate every drop of American blood and treasure for the benefit of a foreign country, Israel, when the litmus test for elections is fealty to a foreign country for the quid pro quo of campaign money from the Jewish 2% of America’s population and votes of the religiously deranged christian zionist…well, then you know you have lost your own country.
    If there is a more outstanding example of US political corruption, immorality and total disregard for the American people’s own interest than the blood/ occupation/mini genocide of I/P allowed and aided by US politicians in exchange for political contributions and support from a minority of this country I don’t know what it is.
    The only light on the horizon is after this Orwellian aberration of foreign loyalty destroys us we can recreate our country, with a lesson learned.

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