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With echoes of Trump, GOP splinters over $40 bil for Ukraine

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By LISA MASCARO

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The USA has always had its isolationists, which was impractical in the 19th century and even more so today. This smacks more of petty party point scoring than any purported principled stand.

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The former president, whose “America First” strategy sought to pull back from U.S. commitments around the world and criticized the NATO military alliance confronting Russia, complained that Democrats are “sending another $40 billion to Ukraine, yet America’s parents are struggling to even feed their children.”

How much did his administration send abroad in foreign aid?

Spoiler; It was much more than $40 billion.

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Vance, who quipped some months ago that he doesn't really care what happens in Ukraine, tweeted last week that Ryan “is pushing billions in foreign aid while the communities he serves in Congress have been decimated.”

And what does the elitist "J.P." Vance propose to help the common hillbillies of Ohio? The current GOP has no interest in any kind of infrastructure spending. In fact, the current GOP has no economic plan whatsoever, except to lower taxes even further on people like J.P.'s billionaire patron Peter Thiel.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his show last week he was calling every senators' office to see where they stood on the issue, putting pressure on the lawmakers.

Tail wags dog.

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I can guarantee that if for some reason that $40 billion aid package for Ukraine was withdrawn from consideration the very same Senators claiming not enough was being done for Americans would find all kinds of reasons not to spend the same $40 billion helping Americans. I guarantee it !

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The GOP is free to create "America first" legislation that helps the poor for the same amount as we're sending to Ukraine.

But they won't.

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that helps the poor for the same amount as we're sending to Ukraine.

But they won't.

cant, the money is going to Ukraine. 54 Billion dollars.

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cant, the money is going to Ukraine. 54 Billion dollars.

Better than throwing paper towels at them. Maybe Paul and Hagerty can get started on their plan to feed the poor children of America in the meantime, they need to know what they’ll block later.

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Much of the tax-payers' money that will go to Ukraine will find its way back to those senators who are voting in favor of the aid.

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Simple question- where does the $40 billion come from? Ask the Dems where they are willing to cut in order to finance the Ukranian aid.

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The President had a choice of priorities, feed American poor people or send money to Ukraine.

He chose Ukraine as a priority over the American people. now no money left.

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It’s so refreshing to see Republicans advocating for the poor instead of telling them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I had almost given up on them.

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And what does the elitist "J.P." Vance propose to help the common hillbillies of Ohio?

A lot more than the entire administration.

The current GOP has no interest in any kind of infrastructure spending.

They do, but with what money? We don’t have any money at this point. That why we are in an inflation. We are spending more than we are taking in. At this point we are printing money and devaluating the dollar.

In fact, the current GOP has no economic plan whatsoever,

That’s coming

except to lower taxes even further on people like J.P.'s billionaire patron Peter Thiel.

I sure hope so, helps employees, small businesses and growth. Never punish the job creators.

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They do, but with what money? We don’t have any money at this point. That why we are in an inflation. We are spending more than we are taking in. At this point we are printing money and devaluating the dollar.

We are the wealthiest nation this world has ever seen. We will figure out a way.

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The world is a small place and isolationist policies do not make sense for the worlds largest economy. The world is still dealing with economic issues related to covid and the conflict in Europe has now effected the worlds supply chain of basic food stocks. The US will be effected like everyone else is in the global community. Sticking your head in the sand provides no protection. The US wants influence in the world and to get the most from that requires leadership, participation and supporting laws, rules and working to ensure all nations have safety. Allowing Russia to invade and conquer free sovereign states in Europe is in nobodies best interest with the exception of Russia itself.

Putin is anti America, anti NATO and anti Western Europe. He is known for rigging elections and eliminating any popular opposition prior to elections to help ensure he wins easily. He manipulates those countries still aligned with Moscow and wants Russia to rule all of Europe.

GOP politicians are splitting on this issue and many are now finally figuring out that Trump is a dead end for their party and their country. Some still cling to the misguided notion that Trump is the messiah when he is the worst of American politicians and desires the death of democracy in America and the removal of freedoms along the lines Putin has enforced in Russia. No free press able to report the truth, only the lies he wants them to report, just like Putin and Xi do.

It is a good sign that there are troubles in the GOP, it shows they may have hope for the future after all. Failing to help Ukraine by stopping funding to help them remain free and independent of Russian influence is not in the best interest of the US.

By contrast the US spent over two trillion dollars in twenty years in Afghanistan while under both GOP and Democrat leadership. This conflict in Europe has much more meaning and the outcome is more vital to the future of the US and Europe than that in Afghanistan, yet no US lives will be lost and the cost in USD will not come close to that of the Afghanistan conflict. In addition, when the dust settles, the opportunities for US companies to assist in rebuilding infrastructure and industries will mean a boost to the US economy in many area's. Ukraine will welcome the US with open arms, and there will be competition with other European nations for projects but after all the assistance provided by many, the resulting economic activity will benefit all.

Sticking your head in the sand now will greatly reduce any possible benefits when the war is over.

Rebuilding Europe after WWII was a time of low employment and helped make the following years good for the continent after so much heartache and destruction. Be a part of that. Position yourself by being active now.

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"Quid pro quo."

Trump as president to Ukraine

Such a president and the party he represents cannot be trusted.

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Simple question- where does the $40 billion come from? Ask the Dems where they are willing to cut in order to finance the Ukranian aid

Fiscal conservatives.

I always respected them for calling out Bush 2 and Trump along with Democratic presidents for thinking money grows on trees.

Principle over partisanship.

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Isn't $40 billion about the total military aid the US gives to other countries in the world?

The former president, whose “America First” strategy sought to pull back from U.S. commitments around the world and criticized the NATO military alliance confronting Russia, complained that Democrats are “sending another $40 billion to Ukraine, yet America’s parents are struggling to even feed their children.”

Seriously, liberals can say with a straight face it is more important to support Ukraine than to support fellow US citizens?

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I always respected them for calling out Bush 2 and Trump along with Democratic presidents for thinking money grows on trees. 

Not under Trump

Principle over partisanship.

Not expecting anything from the career Washington establishment

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*Rebuilding Europe after WWII was a time of low Unemployment

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It's Putin's Puppets against the RINO NEOCONs....welcome to the Great Repub Civil War...

It will tear the party apart...

Meanwhile, on the other side the Democrat Targaryen civil war of who will reign over the party, the progressives or the radical far left socialists.

Get the popcorn

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