To: Steve Peacock
Doesn't congress have to appropriate funds?
posted on 07/14/2013 5:51:59 AM PDT
(There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
Congress arguably is equally guilty. But keep in mind that while it weighs & approves/disapproves each fiscal year State & Foreign Operations bill, it does not clear in advance every program. Congress, for instance, says "Yes, we approved [insert amount] dollars for USAID," and perhaps it specifies a few particular programs or issues. But then USAID, State Dept., USTDA, etc., then carries out a multitude of programs that Congress never heard of or simply ignores later on. For instance, how many congressmen would actually support a project to offer "trauma education" and "reflective workshops" to warring tribes and cattle raiders in and around the Kenyan border? (i.e: "USAID Pushing Kenyan 'Peace' Projects"
). No doubt some might say, "Yeah. Good idea." But perhaps if more of these men and women (in Congress that is, not Kenyan couples arguing about the value of reprisal attacks against rivals) actually took the time to look into these things they would not be so quick to write a back check to the White House.
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