I was reading a thread about our gov threatening to stop aid to a group in the Middle East because this group wasn't negotiating with another group.
The aid we send is monetary. It's our tax dollars and it will most likely never be repaid.
One argument is that "why do we spend all of this tax money on Them instead of Us?"
Another is "why do we give them money when all they do is buy weapons or corruption?"
Well, I had an epiphany. Please comment (be kind) if you have anything to add or correct.
Instead of giving "group X" money to spend on "product Y," why don't we simply CREATE and GIVE them "product Y"?
If some backwoods yucks in Ethiopia need grain, instead of giving them money to buy it, why not just give them grain?
If "country Z" needs lumber for homes and bricks for schools, why not ship them loads of lumber and bricks?
The cost-accounting would work this way:
A request for X amount of assistance for "product Y" comes in from "country Z". The US, having already allocated a set amount monetarily for
"country Z", valuates the pricing of their request and if available, fulfills it at RETAIL VALUE.
The items are created, packaged and shipped.
This will then put people to work by making these products for shipment, not only as hands-on manufacturing but also shipping and logistics.
It will save money in the long run if I'm considering this correctly. I'll build an analogy here to better explain my point.
Say Billybob needs some lemonade.
He goes to his favorite soda-shop and orders 10 dollars worth. The soda-shop, not having anyone there to make lemonade, hires Buffy the Lemonade
Slayer to make his order. She buys a dozen lemons at $2.50, adds 50 cents worth of sugar and gives it to Billybob. It took her 10 minutes to do
this and she makes around $12/hour.
Total cost to make $10 worth (retail) of lemonade = $6 dollars give or take.
Buffy also has federal tax withheld from her wages so the realized savings are even greater.
So - which makes more sense?
edit on 29-6-2011 by TXRabbit because: spelling
edit on 29-6-2011 by TXRabbit because: (no reason given)