Thursday, May 19, 2022

No debate on sending $40 billion to Ukraine

By Steve Otto

When Joe Biden was running for president against the former president Donald Trump, he said of health care for all: "imagine the cost of that!?"[1] Sure it cost money. But many poor people die much earlier than necessary since  they have no access to health care. They can't afford it so they don't see a doctor until it is too late. As a result—They die—pure and simple.

But now the US is strategically at war with Russia over Ukraine. And just recently the entire congress voted to spend $40 billion on weapons to be sent to Ukraine to counter the Russian invasion.

How much debate took place—ZERO—NONE. Both parties agreed to spend that money. That was money that could have been spent to provide healthcare to OUR OWN PEOPLE!

But instead it went to save other people in a foreign country. And now we see the expansion of NATO[2] to include Finland and Sweden.

According to NBC News:


"Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul defied leaders of both parties Thursday and single-handedly delayed until next week Senate approval of an additional $40 billion to help Ukraine and its allies withstand Russia’s three-month old invasion."


So the only Congressman to oppose sending all that money to Ukraine was a Republican. Not one Democrat opposed sending all this money to a foreign country.

The Democrats are selling out the American people. Spending money should come to the US people before spending all that money on arms for the people of Ukraine. Both US parties are addicted to war. Poor people in the US are treated as last class citizens and their lives mean less that foreign people in a country a long way off from this one. Also the idea of expanding NATO is the last thing this country, or any country, needs to do.

[1] "Many Democrats to his left, starting with Bernie Sanders and his “Medicare for All” proposal, called for scrapping the Affordable Care Act entirely in favor of a more sweeping government-financed single-payer health system. Biden resisted. He instead pledged to build on the existing law — a position that kept him in the center of the debate, while reminding Democratic voters of his role in passing the biggest health reform since Medicare."

[2] North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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