Tired of attacking the poor and destitute in the U.S., the GOP now seeks to take out the poor in other countries all in the name of the holy budget. Undaunted in their advances, they are now willing to severely reduce funding for USAID. Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy explains:
“We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 would lead to 70,000 kids dying,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee.
“Of that 70,000, 30,000 would come from malaria control programs that would have to be scaled back specifically. The other 40,000 is broken out as 24,000 would die because of a lack of support for immunizations and other investments and 16,000 would be because of a lack of skilled attendants at birth,” he said.
This has effects to national security as well. Rogin continues:
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), said that national security is threatened by instability in other parts of the world as well.”Drastic cuts to USAID would risk a great deal in stability and security around the world which could spawn the kinds of threats that cost this country the lives of men and women in uniform and billions in treasure,” she said.
Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan are testament to this. Al-Qaeda only came to Iraq when the U.S. upended the stability of the regime, and Somalia has been a haven for terrorists for decades since it has no cohesive government.
Mark Bittman of the New York Times also explains it will have little effect on the budget:
These supposedly deficit-reducing cuts — they’d barely make a dent — will quite literally cause more people to starve to death, go to bed hungry or live more miserably than are doing so now. And: The bill would increase defense spending.
The biggest irony of this, of course, is that the Republicans claim to be the party of evangelicals. Yet as Bittman succinctly concludes:
Though [David] Beckmann is too kind to say it, he and many other religious leaders believe that true worship can’t take place without joining this struggle: “You can’t have real religion,” he told me, “unless you work for justice for hungry and poor people.”
While they are willing to fight so hard to protect the rights of fetuses, children in other parts of the world are of no concern to the Republicans.