national security as well as to the security of other free nations throughout the
History of Foreign
Views on Foreign Aid expressed before
U, S. House of Representatives by tion.
ilvin E. O'Konski, Congressman from
I want to submit for your consideration
this thesis: Every foreign aid bill the
I nited Slales of America has adopted
since 1919 has led to death and destruction for the United Slates of America.
I would like to start with Germany, in
1918 to 19H5. I wonder how many of
Veen read the debates in the Congress
during those years and how many of
ve.ei read the State Departmenl papers
that wen- wrapped up in a nice little red
book that they sent to your offices? How-
many of you read the communiques exchanged between the German government and our government from 1918 to
195>5. Everyone of those communiques
says, "Send us more monev into Gefr
many and save us from the Bolsheviks.
Thev did not use the word communism
then it was the Bolsheviks. And we
sent them lhe money. Vie bad the Dawes
plan. We had lhe Young plan and I
remember in 1930 and 1935 when we
had eis many as ten million unemployed
in th.- United States of America, we
were building steel plants and we were
building Sltika bomber plemls and sta-
diums in Germany. Sure we saved the
German people from the Bolsheviks, but
we gave them Adolph Shickelgruber.
Our foreign-aid program in Germany
led to nothing but death and destruction fur the 1 nited States.
From 1933 to 1936. when we recognized Russia, vve sent them boatload after boatload of farm machinery and in-
dii-iiieel equipment, .unl the Soviet 1 n-
ion under the lirsi live-vear plan was
built up by technical experts we sent
there. If it had not been for the first
five-year plan and the help received
from lln- United Stale's of America,
communism would never have survived
—or Bolshevism at that lime—in the
Soviel 1 nion. Wc saved Bolshevism bo
the Soviet Union. There again the- American foreign aid program led to death
mid destruction for the I nited Stale--.
In 1935 io 19:,'). we were shipping
Scrap iron and high-octane gasoline to
lhe- Japanese living to buy their friendship bv the carload. They had enough
high-octane gasoline ami enough scrap
iron from the United Slates in 1939
that they could fight tbe war for one
year without doing anything bv themselves for fuel or scrap iron. Much of
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lhal scrap iron is in the bellies of dead
United Slales soldiers.
Then from 1940 to 1946, we started
the lend-lease program and here we really made the enemy thai we are facing
in the world today. With thirteen billion dollars we took good care of Uncle
Joe before we took care of our own interest at that time. It was under this
lend-lease program that we also made
Communist China strong. That is where
Mao came into power with our lend-lease
equipment. They had better equipment
and better guns and tanks than we our-
selves had. Il was this lime also when
Ho Chi Minh, who conquered China,
came into being with the aid of the
American equipment handed out under
the lend-lease program.
In 1946, we started the UNRRA program. If the Communists believed in
God. they would get down on their knees
and thank God for the I'MM! \ program
because we did more to help them entrench communism behind the Iron Cur-
lain with UNRRA than anv program
that they could possibly conceive of
Then we had the Marshall plan in
1947. Do not be mistaken. When the
Marshall plan was first enunciated, we
invited the Soviet Union to come in
and get their billions. Originally, the
Marshall plan called for a foreign aid
program of ten billion dollars a year
and vve invited and begged the Soviet
Union to come in and take part of it.
In other words, the original Marshall
plan was to give it to everybody who
would come and help themselves. But
the Soviets turned us down. Then we
started the mutual security program and
said now we are going lo give money
only to those who fighl against communism. Now we have even changed that.
We now have a program saying we will
give the money to anybody who is not
only against communism, but anybody
who says thai they bate communism
jusl a little bit less than they hale us.
I say for your consideration that every
foreign aid program adopted by this
country has led to death and destruction
CAN WE WIN THIS WAY?
Excerpts from a speech hy The Reverend Louis II. Evans, D.D., LL.D., I..H.D., Los
Angeles, California; Minister.at-I.arge, Board of National Missions, Presbyterian Church,
delivered before the Economic Club of Detroit, Michigan, May 24, 1954.
These Communists are sea-ions. A man
told me this story sometime ago. He
was walking across the street ami a
man accosted him and said, "I would
like some money for a meal."
He said, "I won't give you monev leer
a meal. I don't know how you'd spend
il. But I will give you the meal. Come
"No, if you don't mind, don't waste
vour time. Just give me the money for
"No, I'll feed you." So he did and lhe
mail ale avidly. As they were going out
eel the restaurant lhe man asked of the
man who heul asked eilms, "You know.
you weren't going to spend that monev
for a meal, were you?"
"Whal were you going to do with il ?"
"Nou have been kind to me. I will
tell you. We have a Communist book
store two blocks down this slreel. We've
got the message all sel up in type bul
we ran out of paper, and three of mv
comrades and I said we would go withoul ceiting for four days and give the
equal of the money for four days of
fee.nl. lo get lhe message out. You see,
wc must get the message out!"
Does that frighten you? How many
ol us ever went without eating for one
day. lo get our "message" out? One
thing these Communists have taught us:
that any untruth like communism, whole.
heartedly propagated, will seem to get
the best of truth like ours, half-heartedly
propagated. At any given moment in
history, that moment belongs to the enthusiastic and the dedicated . . .
One GI, feeling that too many people
were "passing the buck," and too few
were carrying the responsibility, wrote
"Population of the United States 145.000.000
People over 65 years of age 47,000,000
Balance left to do the work in the
U. S. 98,000,000
People under 21 years of age, too
young to work 51.000.000
Balance left to el., the- work 44.000.000
People working for the Federal
Balance left to do the work 23,000.000
People in the Armed Services 10.000.000
Balance left to do the work 13,000,000
City and State employees 12,800.000
Balance left to do the work 200.000
People in hospitals and institutions 126.000
Balance left to do the work 74,000
Bum- em.I others who won't work 62,000
Balance left to do the work 12,000
People in jail 11.998
Balance left to do the work 2
—And I'm doggoned tired of working alone."