Sorry, foreign aid only makes up 1 percent of our budget
Republicans and people obsessed with tax breaks for the rich know that Americans hate “government spending” and “deficits.”
This hatred of Washington DC’s largess isn’t built on actual animosity for what government does; Americans actually love specific government services and have no desire to cut them in any significant way. The twin vague menaces of “spending” and “deficit” implicitly suggest that by helping “them” the government will eventually not be able to help you.
Beyond the guarantees of defense from invaders, protection from crime and clean water, Americans expect the government to enable our success and make life a little better with essential niceties like national parks.…