How many billions of dollars each year are spent "helping" other countries? There are thousands of folks in America who are homeless, many of whom suffer mental illness or drug addiction and cannot take care of themselves. Until a couple decades ago we had "mental hospitals" to house these people who are incapable of providing for their own well-being. I have heard the asylums were terrible places, where patients were mistreated horribly, so much so, that people might claim the poor bastards are better off in the street than locked in the loony bin. I disagree.
I will claim the country is full, and we need to close the front door. Currently we have too many people immigrating to the USA, legally and illegally, and we spend too much of our valuable resources in a good-natured attempt to help every other poor country in the world. And we help a lot of not-so-poor countries, too. That needs to stop. Before we send another dime to a foriegn country, we need to spend the money building good, safe, clean, healthy, well-run mental hospitals. We need to pay good people good salaries to work in the asylums, to take care of the thousands of broken people that are already living (barely living) on the streets, and alongside railroads, and beneath overpasses.
I know many of you here on voat would rather the homeless, mentally ill and drug-addled vagrants just die or disappear down a hole. No matter. My point is, if the government insists on spending our tax dollars for humanitarian aid to make the world a better place, then so be it. But charity starts at home. While there is a bum in a sleeping bag under the freeway, blocking the sidewalk when I am walking into work, our government needs to make helping our own citizens the FIRST the priority. These people have just as much "right" to receive humanitarian aid as the poor villagers in Shitganistan. Homeless Americans are already here. Charity begins at home. We need to take care of ourselves first, and in doing so we will make our country stronger; and a stronger country is going to be in a much better position to reach out and help other countries, LATER.