Dear President Bush:
For too many years, the United States has tried to buy friendship around the world through the means of foreign aid. Judging from the voting records of our so-called friends in the United Nations, we have not been very successful.
I suggest the following:
Politely inform the U.N. that the lease in New York will expire in five years, and they are expected to move out of the United States to another country. We have borne the burden too long. It is time to share.
Slowly begin to reduce foreign aid to all countries, perhaps by 5 percent per year.
Ask faith-based organizations, or other charitable groups, to pick up the slack by donations, if they so desire.
The fact that each and every American worker is currently on the hook for about $375,000 (See David M. Walker, U.S. comptroller general) for the promises made by our “spend it without regard for the future” Congress makes it mandatory that we start to reduce our outlays.
Reducing payments to the U.N. and gradually reducing foreign aid are two good places to start.
Stephen D. Bailey