CREDITS: WSB-TV 2 Atlanta, Georgia

A friend on Facebook posted the link to the above video from WSB-TV Atlanta, Channel 2. It is well worth it to take the 3:06 to view it and listen to what Justin Farmer has to report.

Now, I’m a reasonable woman. I believe in preserving antiquities. I believe strongly in strengthening our international relationships with other countries wherever and whenever possible. I am all for humanitarian aid for those who need a helping hand, especially in times of disasters. But I do not believe in being played for a fool!

Can anyone in government from Capitol Hill to the White House explain to me, a US taxpayer, especially in our current economic conditions, why in the blue blazes we are funding renovations to the sewer system in Cairo in order to preserve a 13oo year old mosque??? Or any of these other types of projects being funded by US dollars given out by USAID?

To say this is an outrage is a gross understatement. People in this country are going hungry, losing their homes and businesses, living on the streets, going without many of the necessities of life, working two or three jobs in order to provide for themselves and their families. Some of them are dying because there is no one who can, or is, willing to help them. People who have worked their entire lives paying taxes and have finally reached retirement age have seen that retirement age raised to 67. The justification for this raise in age qualification was as a cost containment to compensate for the “baby boomers,” who ostensibly have such great numbers, the system is said not to be able to handle it. Those on Social Security have had no benefits increase in two years, in spite of the fact prices have been increasing astronomically in all fields, and there is no increase in benefits forecast for at least the next two years. People are going without essential medical care and essential drugs. The cost for health insurance has increased dramatically. Businesses and workers are expected to pay more and more for less and less. Whole regions and industries are teetering on the brink of economic collapse.  Our aging infrastructure is failing at an alarming and accelerating rate.

And we are paying to renovate ancient buildings in other countries.

I would demand an answer to the question “Are we crazy?”, but the conclusion is apparent.

It is high time we tell Washington that enough is enough. Bring the dollars home!!!

What Nonie Darwish’s said in her interview is true: they are laughing all the way to the bank. She should know. Daughter of assassinated Lt. Gen. Mustafa Hafez, she was born in Cairo, grew up and was educated in Egypt, became a Christian as an adult and is a staunch supporter of Israel, whose very IDF assassinated her father. She is also the recipient of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute’s “Woman of Exceptional Courage” Award.

As someone who has lived in the international community all of my adult life, I can assure you that throwing money at countries to secure their “friendship” not only is not working, but is having just the opposite effect: they look at us with disdain and derision. And rightfully so. They understand it for what it is: the US going whoring for clients among the nations. These countries will take our money, as long as it is to be had, and, at best, will walk away from us when it is gone. Some have, will and are using it to build themselves into much more formidable enemies than they have been, right in front of our faces. Will we never learn?

In this country, we have a system that we can use to tell our elected officials and government agencies that we, the taxpayers and citizens, are not satisfied with their policies and performances, that we are mad as hell at what is being done. But we do not do it. It is high time we did! It is well past “high time!”

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) addressed this very issue of reviewing US foreign aid programs in his 9 February 2011 speech on the floor of Congress. Of the 192 or so countries in the world, we give foreign aid to over 150 of them and military aid to much of the remainder. The impact of this map tells the story better than words ever could.

Contacting our governmental leaders and agencies is not just a privilege we have as citizens, it is also our responsibility. Every time we do not fulfill this responsibility, we cheat ourselves of our rights and abandon our futures and those of our children to the will of those who will step up and exercise those rights. This should not be so. Many people say, “It doesn’t make any difference! They are going to do what they want to anyway!” Maybe, maybe not. If our governmental leaders understand that we will not vote them back in office and we will not leave them in peace in Washington to ride out their terms, they will respond. Maybe not the way we would like or think is right and just, but they will respond. Even if they will not, it is still our responsibility to take a stand. It makes a difference in who we are and become as people, to our character and integrity. It makes a difference in what our children learn and who they become. If we are active and involved, chances are better that they will be as well.

There are at least four places we need to contact on the issue of USAID funding which is wasteful and not in the country’s best interest: the White House, both US senators for our state, the US representative for our district, and USAID. While we can call or write, I recommend doing both. We need to make as much noise as possible. We need to be respectful in what we say, direct and to the point, and we need to demand a response. Then we need to follow up our initial inquiry and make sure they understand we are not going to go away and we are not going to let it go.



The White House Comment Line is: 202.456.1111.

When writing letters, the proper form for the addresses and salutations is as follows:

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:


Find your state and select the senator you want to contact. That will bring you to their listing with a Web Form link. Click on that link and you will be able to send an email. If your subject category is not listed, use “Other.”

When writing letters, the proper form for the addresses and salutations is as follows:

The Honorable [Name]
United States Senate

Dear Sen. [Name]:


Find your state and select the representative you want to contact. That will bring you to their page. Many of the pages require you to enter zipcode + 4 information in order to insure you are a constituent of that congressional district. If you do not have that information, you can find it at the US Postal Service: When you reach the Web Form page, if your subject category is not listed, use “Other.”

When writing letters, the proper form for the addresses and salutations is as follows:

The Honorable [Name]
United States House of Representatives

Dear Rep. [Name]:

Phone listings and snail mail addresses for constituency offices for US senators and US representatives can be obtained by calling the phone number listed in the federal government section of your telephone book or on their homepages.


If your subject category is not listed, use “Other.” To contact a telephone information specialist, you can call 202.712.4810 and they will be able to direct you to the proper office. To contact the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs – Public Liaison Division, call 202.712.0825.

Rajiv Shah, Administrator

U.S. Agency for International Development
c/o Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs
Public Liaison Division
Ronald Reagan Building
Washington, D.C. 20523-0016
Telephone: 202.712.0825

When writing letters, the proper form for the addresses and salutations is as follows:

Dear Mr. Shah:

I live in Maryland, as do many of my readers, so listed below for your reference are the online contact links for our US senators and US representatives. Please contact them regarding the issue of wasteful USAID funding as well as any other issues you might want to voice your concerns or opinions.


Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD):

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD):


District 1, Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R-MD):

District 2, Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, III (D-MD):

District 3, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD):

District 4, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-MD):,52

District 5, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD):

District 6, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD):

District 7, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD):

District 8, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD):


— J. E. Clark |  8 March 2011

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  1. Christiana says:

    I agree. It is irritating to see my tax dollars going to fund foreign projects when we need the money at home for the public good. Just look at the site under USAID, and you’ll be shocked. Some of the stuff the agency is doing is good, but come on… We need the money here.


  2. Bill Denkler says:

    The fix is so simple….


  3. Sook Balistrieri says:

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