Hi Rain, Now and then I make a mistake. Some time ago you kindly took issue with one of my blog notes. As I recall it involved a few things a righty (Greybeard?) sent to me, not something I wrote. I remember thinking that perhaps you protested too much. I usually avoid comments about comments - and apparently set the matter aside. Big mistake. I really don't remember why you got mad at him, only that you decided not to write about politics for a while - and I took it that you would rather I not stay in touch. Maybe you just mean't Greybeard?
I'm going to get back in your good graces. I just read one of your really excellent books "Round The Bend". I found it absolutely terrific and plan to order the other three in the series asap.
(1) government purchases (welfare?) benefiting all Americans. Military, infrastructure, National Parks and etc. Most often this is coupled with government payments for an individual(s) benefit - or the benefit of all American citizens? These payments are considered welfare by most Americans.
(2) How much money is drawn from the treasury and given in some form to foreign nations - or - used to purchase life supplies (wheat, corn, barely, bandages, drugs, and etc.?
Question 1. When The L.A. Times say's the United States spends close to $1 trillion dollars each year to "fight poverty". Do they mean ALL welfare including that spent for foreign nations?
Question 2. In the same set of statistics they say that spending a total of $1 trillion dollars means that every poor American family of three is paid over $60,000 yearly. That can't be right. Our population is now about 320,000,000. If half of the population is 160,000,000, and those people were ALL part of a family of three.
If I've got the math right America has about 54,000,000 families of three. If each family is receiving $60,000 per yr. of welfare the total would be about $3.4 trillion dollars.
P.S: Wouldn't it be interesting to know just how many of our tax dollars are given out to foreign individuals, how many go to foreign governments for distribution as they see fit, and how much of these tax dollars are spent on military weapons for foreign governments?