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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 9, October 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 9, October 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date unknown
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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Title File 038
Transcript Washington yearly to demand more money for relief spending. He gave your money to writers, and artists, and college teachers who propagandized you in favor of big spending. He gave your money to unemployed in the districts of the right political bosses. Now it may surprise you when I say foreign aid has been made into a vast political machine. You would never guess that from the official handouts aboul our spending abroad. Foreign aid requires a huge staff which operates all over the globe. This staff gives away your money but only in the right way— to people who will be useful in building up a political machine and a vast propaganda at home. Rememner, what we call foreign aid buys American coal and books, wheat and radio services; it gives orders to American manufacturers and farmers. It gives insurance lo firms operating abroad. It gives guarantees against loss to American magazines and newspapers. It gives business to shipowners and airplane companies. It gives pleasant grants and travelling expenses to college officials, religious leaders, women's clubs presidents and businessmen. The name of the agency changes every year or so. Ambitious leaders struggle for the top control, but thc purpose of foreign aid spending is always the same—to build a political machine which, by bringing gifts and business orders, makes pressure groups helpful to the man who directs it. Many people do not realize that even our military aid is under the boondoggles. Since the global welfarists are usually one-worlders. their control of our military aid is doubly dangerous. Mr. Harold Stassen and the foreign operations administration were given tbe money for military aid as well as for global welfare. They wrote their appropriation bill so our money could not be allocated to our own military for aid to our allies unless it was in accord with the United Nations. They interpreted this to mean, naturally, that no military aid could be given to any country for a purpose which the United Nations—that is, Soviet Russia—might object to. We agreed to give our allies guns if they promise not to fire a shot. Now you can see whv vve give millions to the Free Chinese on Formosa, but they do not have the weapons to deter the Red Chinese. Now vou know why we spend billions in Korea for shiny new guns, but they won't give the Koreans ammunition for more than a day or two. If the Red Chinese break through the cease-fire line, Americans will have to detail part of their fighting forces to deliver ammunition to the Koreans. Now the spenders have nothing to spend but your money. The taxes pinch you whenever you pay your milk bill or go to the dentist, or your wife needs a winter coat. Only you can stop this Page 36 spending if you and your friends gel together in your congressional districts and nominate senators and representatives who will safeguard your money as they would their own. You can restore the American design for freedom in which government is limited and no one has easy money with which to build himself a political mac-bine. That is the only kind of government which will restore America's true leadership in the world. Senator Sparkman Speaks: This question can perhaps best be answered by considering another question: Do our foreign aid programs benefit the United States? In my opinion they have brought and are bringing great benefits to us. Unfortunately, the term foreign aid means to some that we are squandering our hard earned substance in the interest of some other nation or nations. If this were a correct interpretation, we would all oppose the program. But suppose the program is not just foreign aid. but primarily national aid? Suppose that it is absolutely essentia] for the security and welfare of this country? Who would object to it then? I believe that we're dealing with just that—national aid. and if we ask ourselves a few questions honestly and answer them honestly, I believe we shall see that that is the case. For ten years two presidents, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, have been calling on the American people to spend billions of dollars to build up the armed forces and to develop the atomic weapons of this country. They have also asked us to spend a fraction of that amount to strengthen free countries abroad in order to keep them free. As long as it was a Democratic president alone who recommended foreign aid, isolationists and political opportunists at the worst accused him of treason; or at the best, explained il simply by saying that a Democratic administration just can't help squandering the taxpayers' money. These people are out on a limb now that a Republican president wisely asks that this worthwhile Democratic program be continued. These expenditures to help free nations to build up their armed forces and economic strength have had one overriding purpose. That purpose is to strengthen the total defense of this country and thai of the other free nations against aggressive communism. To those isolationists, largely Republican, who believe expenditures on aid abroad arc unimportant to us, let me quote from a recent statement of President Eisenhower's Chief of Slaff, who ought to know something about these matters. This is what Admiral Radford had to say about foreign aid (and I quote his words): "The provision of mililarv assistance to our allies when combined with the resources which they contribute results in the development of collective military strength much larger than the United States could provide or maintain on its own." Now let's ask ourselves a few more questions. Is it in our national interest to disarm South Korea? Discontinue this aid program and you have all hut disarmed the South Koreans. Is it in our national interest to lay open Greece, Turkey, Italy and oilier countries in Western Europe to Communist conquest? That is what would happen if we discontinued this aid program, and I am sure that no stalwart opponent of communism wants that to happen. Do those who oppose foreign aid think it in our national interest In abandon Indochina? Do they think it in our national interest to give up our military bases in Japan, thc Middle East, North Africa, Great Rritain and France? That, in effect, is what they suggest when they say, "Terminate the aid program." And that seems a strange way for people who yell the loudest about communism to be fighting communism. Let's look at a few statistical fails. In fiscal year 1954, to use that year as an example, our governmenl extended about five billion, two hundred million dollars in foreign aid. Three and a half billion, or 67 per cent of that was military; 21 per cent was in form of loans, and 12 per cent outright economic grants. The military aid given abroad should mean jusl thai much less military expenditures needed at home. So far as tbe taxpayers' burden is concerned, the same holds true for that part of the loans which are paid back. As for the approximately half billion dollars of outright economic gifts, our reliirn there is expected to come from the advantage of having stronger friends. During fiscal year 1954 the amount of gifts of ihis sort was less than one-seventh of 1 per cent of the gross national product in the United States. What we're talking about in short is national aid more than foreign aid. It i- necessary to fight the cold war, it is necessary to prevent a hot war. ll is necessary to win a hot war if one should be thrusl upon us. We may move toward peace as the result of the Geneva milling. If so. Il will be beeause the groundwork for peace has been laid by the foreign aid programs of the Truman administration and because President Eisenhower in spile of the strong opposition from the isolationist wing of bis party, recommends their continuation. And even if lhe Russians again frustrate lhe hopes of people for peace, this aid will have served lo add to out FACTS FORUM NEWS, October.
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