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Even by Washington standards, the Biden Administration’s recent request for \$33 billion for military aid to Ukraine was shocking. Surely a coalition of antiwar progressives and budget-hawk Republicans would oppose the dangerous and expensive involvement of the US in the Russia/Ukraine conflict? No! Not only did Congress not object: they added nearly seven billion MORE dollars to the package!

In the end, not a single House Democrat voted against further US involvement in the war, and just 57 Republicans said “no” to funding yet another undeclared war.

On the Senate side, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) both demanded immediate passage of the huge giveaway to Ukraine. That’s Washington’s bipartisanship for you.

Then the junior Senator from Kentucky came to the Senate Floor and did the unthinkable in Washington: he delayed the vote.

“My oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America,” Sen. Rand Paul said. “We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the US economy.” He went on to point out that the US has spent nearly as much on Ukraine’s military as the entire military budget of Russia and that the US government has sent more military money to Ukraine than it spent in the entire first year of the US war in Afghanistan.

Sen. Paul put the package into perspective: this massive giveaway to Ukraine equals nearly the entire yearly budget of the US State Department and is larger than the budget of the Department of Homeland Security!

Schumer was furious with Paul, accusing him of “preventing swift passage of Ukraine aid because he wants to add at the last minute his own changes directly into the bill.”

What was he trying to add to the bill? In his own words, “All I requested is an amendment to be included in the final bill that allows for the Inspector General to oversee how funds are spent.”

He wanted at least a bit of oversight on the nearly \$50 billion in total that Washington has sent to what Transparency International deems one of the most corrupt countries on earth. Is that really too much to ask?

For Washington, the answer is “yes.” The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) was an endless thorn in Washington’s side, because he actually did his job and reported on the billions of dollars that were stolen in Afghanistan.

In its final report on the 20 year Afghanistan war, SIGAR reviewed approximately \$63 billion of the total \$134 billion appropriated to Afghanistan and found that nearly \$19 billion of the amount was lost to waste, fraud, and abuse. Nearly one third of the funds they reviewed were outright wasted or stolen by corrupt Afghan officials. Does anyone think it would be any different in Ukraine?

Maybe that’s why they were so furious that Sen. Paul proposed that we perhaps keep track of this \$40 billion to make sure it’s not wasted: Washington doesn’t want to know. And, more importantly, Washington doesn’t want us to know.

The temporary pause is important. It gives Americans a little time to let their Senators know that they do not support this ridiculous and wasteful giveaway to Ukraine. Inflation is ripping through the country. Gas prices are through the roof. Our infrastructure is crumbling. The dollar is teetering. And we’re giving money away?

The vote appears set for Wednesday. Time to let your Senators know what you think about it!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Ukraine is the excuse. The 40 billion will never leave the country. It will go to the makers of bombs, bullets, and other things that go boom. Of course, there will have to be a 10% kickback to The Big Guy.

  2. jconsley says:

    Rand Paul is correct in demanding that an inspector general oversee the U.S. tax dollars provided to the Ukraine. How much harm could it do to the tax payers of the U.S. to know exactly how those hard earned dollars are used? Exactly what frightens Schuster and McConnell that they are resisting an inspector general? Would the tax payers be informed perhaps? First congratulations to Rand Paul that he knows the defense budgets of both the U.S. and Russia. This generous \$40 billion is almost half of Russia’s annual defense budget. The U.S. budget is approximately \$830 billion versus Russia’s \$105 billion; or for every 8.30 dollars the U.S. spends. Russia spends 1.05 dollars. Considering the damage and refugees of Ukraine, the demand for countless tax dollars will continue. After all, Ukraine cannot lose when receiving from U.S. tax payers more money than Russia spends on its entire defense budget However, the U.S. Senate has decided that accounting for the money is not necessary.
    Where is the “news media”?

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  3. Jokem says:

    Open societies conduct public business in the open.

    • Agree: animalogic
  4. What good is Rand’s amendment?

    A few days of delay before passing this steaming pile of ……

    “SIGAR reviewed approximately \$63 billion of the total \$134 billion appropriated to Afghanistan and found that nearly \$19 billion of the amount was lost to waste, fraud, and abuse. Nearly one third of the funds they reviewed were outright wasted or stolen by corrupt Afghan officials. Does anyone think it would be any different in Ukraine?”

    Was there any consequences to this massive fraud other than hurting the feelings of the crooks?

    I appreciate Rand’s effort, but I get the impression he would actually vote for the \$40 billion if the over site was included in the bill.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  5. Durruti says:

    Who says there is no hope for our country, or for our world?

    Statesman Ron Paul is proud of his son, and rightly so! This article involves Family as well as National History. Ron Paul writes:

    Even by Washington standards, the Biden Administration’s recent request for \$33 billion for military aid to Ukraine was shocking. Surely a coalition of antiwar progressives and budget-hawk Republicans would oppose the dangerous and expensive involvement of the US in the Russia/Ukraine conflict? No! Not only did Congress not object: they added nearly seven billion MORE dollars to the package

    Ron Paul writes the History:

    In the end, not a single House Democrat voted against further US involvement in the war, and just 57 Republicans said “no” to funding yet another undeclared war.

    On the Senate side, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) both demanded immediate passage of the huge giveaway to Ukraine. That’s Washington’s bipartisanship for you.

    And then in comes the respect for Son and country: First the facts-next the complaint-and-last comes the Resistance. Ron Paul continues:

    Then the junior Senator from Kentucky came to the Senate Floor and did the unthinkable in Washington: he delayed the vote.

    “My oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America,” Sen. Rand Paul said.

    There it is. Nobility, our only SENATOR, and his proud father, fighting the good fight, the brave fight for our Future, for our LIBERTY!

    I do not have to invent this. Here it is. Beauty, Love, Honor, above all, BRAVERY. Senator Rand Paul (we all know how he was almost beaten to death by a politically triggered attempted murder). He has read John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, and understands his duty as Our Only Senator.

    He stands in the path of the Zio/American/Nato/Nazi/Imperialists. He blocked them. He resists. He is fighting against overwhelming Terrorist power. Rand Paul is clearly cut from the same cloth as his Father.

    Humans are rarely praised these days. We fear to bring harm to those we support. Imagine: our only Senator had to remind his colleagues of their OATH, which is that they serve “the national security of the United States of America.” There is no reference from our Senator to serving any Foreign Power. The others, such as Chuck Schumer, gauleiters for the Foreign Zionist & Domestic Military Financial Complex, and the international Money Changers, slavishly follow their directives, and bring even more shame on our Country, as they Launder our \$wealth and Industry for whomever gives the order, to whoever is to receive.

    Oh! What is a little corruption? But what if the corruption leads to Betrayal, and an intensified World War III?

    Do you understand now? Do you understand, that Our Only Road to a positive future, is to Restore Our Republic! [And with our Republic, we regain our Sovereignty and our Honor]

    Dr. Peter J. Antonsen – nom de guerre, Durruti

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
    • Replies: @George Kovachev
  6. meamjojo says:

    Because he is a prick?

    • Replies: @Jefferson Temple
  7. Rich says:

    The insane rush to send cash and weapons to Ukraine in the hopes of getting Russia caught in a quagmire has no benefits for the American people. Whatever fad the msm decides is important, America’s political whores spread their legs for. The Russia-Ukraine War is of no importance to the US and prolonging it will only cause more suffering, destruction and death. I applaud Sen Paul’s attempt at trying to slow this rush to madness, but, sadly, it looks like our country has gone off the cliff. Shame there are no patriots out there capable of saving it.

    • Agree: Mark G.
  8. Jokem says:
    @Sam Hildebrand

    Does anyone think it would be any different in Ukraine?

    One reason is most Moslem countries have a tradition of Baksheesh.
    We would call it bribery with the associated stigma attached.
    Over there it is not considered corruption, instead it is a normal part of doing business.
    I cannot speak to what it is like in the Ukraine. I suspect similar culture.

    • Agree: Sam Hildebrand
  9. Dr. Paul seems to be a person who actually cares about people. He has himself suffered violence from so many leftist idiots. I believe he did not do this lightly. He knows that nothing has been done for American citizens by these morons, who did not spend one dollar on border security in the U.S. yet are willing to blow another forty billion, much of which will be stolen by corrupt Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. The uni-party has zero concern for the citizens of the U.S. and exclusive concern for the rest of the world. Americans will pay and pay down the road.

  10. Charles Schumer, never met a corporate raider he didn’t like–the phony.

  11. Charles Schumer, never met a corporate raider he didn’t like–the phony. What has he ever done to save or create a job for a single American? His party abandoned the chances for Americans of all types to get work when they needed it, in favor of foreign nationals, who have not paid a single cent into the system. I’m not saying I blame some of these people but they have not been given permission to be here and are use by the left to mess up citizens. Think about it. For most of the time the U.S. has been around, a person could always find some job in case of an emergency, like losing one. A man or woman, could apply to temporarily wash dishes, do other work to survive and get by. Uniparty swamp politicians, have made this almost impossible today for American citizens. It’s utterly sickening, their lack of concern. The MAGA movement is NOT about Trump. Trump has always been known as an arrogant and unbearable businessman to many. But that is not the same as saying that the ideas he has propagated for years have not rung true with many people who could see beyond his nuttiness. Trump was practically the only business personality who had been warning politicians about China and others for years, taking gross advantage of this country. That is what many have finally come to realize and is why he is now taken so seriously. All the rest that is said or written about him is mere fog, meant to confuse those who can’t or willfully will not see the situation this country is in.

    • Agree: Sam Hildebrand
  12. @meamjojo

    Seems that you’re just projecting.

  13. @jconsley

    Ukraine cannot lose

    Of course it can lose. You did say “receiving”, so we assume all the money arrives in Ukraine (it won’t). Convert those billions into F-35s. Does that mean Ukraine wins? OK, convert it into a mix of weapons, lots of ammo, and training: Ukraine loses every which way. Ukraine has been shooting itself in the foot since before 2014; now it’s crippled.

  14. 40 BIL’ dollars.
    How much is that money worth?
    For imperial ambition it’s a very modest sum.
    But if it’s for average Americans it’s a monstrous cost — Jesus! We can’t afford that ! Are you mad? Deficits! Deficits! Deficits!

    • Replies: @Emslander
  15. Cowboy says:

    You know we have come to the end of history when crazy old uncle joe and his junior high administration is successfully implementing the nihilistic secular environmental religion without prejudice. Ukraine is just the proxy to stop naughty Putin from making the proles dependent on his gas when they should just quietly walk off the cliff to save the environment. It seems half the population in the west is so thoroughly nihilistic and brainwashed they would gladly walk off that cliff for their false god while the other half stands with mouth agape wondering what happened.

    Thank you for standing in the breach Sen Paul. If only we more had leaders with your courage.

  16. Notsofast says:

    it is interesting how one man can stop a juggernaut merely by asking for accountability and transparency in spending. the congress is like a mansion filled with vampires. rand paul cracked open the front door and let a sliver of light in and all the vampires hissed fled back into the darkness.

  17. tosca says:

    Ze said he wanted to make Ukraine a second Israel. Now you know where that money is going to land.

  18. SteveK9 says:

    The most corrupt country in Europe, what could go wrong? Of course, those who point out that most of the money will go to various ‘big guys’ are not mistaken.

  19. @Durruti

    If given chance, Sen. Rand Paul could become the US version of Vladimir Vladimirovitch. Unfortunately, given how the politics is played in The Swamp, I consider it unlikely.

    • Replies: @Durruti
  20. Emslander says:
    @animalogic

    40 BIL’ dollars.
    How much is that money worth?

    No one ought to delude themselves into believing that this money is for some poor people defending themselves from Russia. That’s the cover. This money is for a new army of affirmative action bureaucrats in the Departments of State, Defense, Agriculture, Justice and the intelligence apparatus in D.C. A good chunk, of course, also goes to the arms industry and any number of little suppliers located in critical Congressional Districts out there where incumbents might be sweating a bit.

    This is the usual crap. Democracies don’t last long. Adolf made it clear in his political autobiography that a legislature will NEVER advance the interest of anyone other than its members. NEVER!

  21. Durruti says:
    @George Kovachev

    If given chance, Sen. Rand Paul could become the US version of Vladimir Vladimirovitch. Unfortunately, given how the politics is played in The Swamp, I consider it unlikely.

    Thanks for the intelligent response. Our version of Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, served as President from 1961-1963. He worked hard to slow inflation, protected our productive industrial economy, supported an end to old fashioned colonialism, was the first President to insist on the Legal Equality of all races and cultures, had served heroically in the ‘Great anti-fascist war,’ showed Americans humor with confidence and competence, and in cooperation with Nikita Khrushchev, postphoned WW III.

    The Oath of all Citizens must be to defend their country, (never serve other foreign powers). Our Rand Paul and Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Jesse Ventura, Cynthia McKinney, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Kennedy’s brother – Robert Kennedy, and a few other political leaders, have bravely defended our Country, and our Honor. For those actions, they have all paid a price.

    The Russian people, once again, have been forced to defend their EXISTENCE. They will not, cannot allow a Nuclear armed Zionist-Nazi-NATO Army at their borders. Russia’s leaders, who still call the Western Powers, their “partners,” have made the correct choice. It is their only choice. One day America will join them, and the world will be at peace.

    Dr. Peter J. Antonsen – nom de guerre, Durruti

    *[the Zionists created the Nazis – but that is a topic for a separate essay]

    • Replies: @SafeNow
  22. SafeNow says:
    @Durruti

    Thanks for the JFK comment. About two years ago on Unz the question arose: What was the turning point, the point of no return, for the US? The most frequent comment was the killing of JFK. With the death of JFK came LBJ, Vietnam, the great society, immigration and so on. Now, all is lost. If the \$40 billion did not go to Ukraine – – metaphor alert – – then instead Tesla screens would be 50% larger and more complicated.

    • Replies: @Durruti
    , @Jokem
  23. Durruti says:
    @SafeNow

    Thanks for the JFK comment. About two years ago on Unz the question arose: What was the turning point, the point of no return, for the US? The most frequent comment was the killing of JFK. With the death of JFK came LBJ, Vietnam, the great society, immigration and so on. Now, all is lost.

    Your kind comment earns you a piece of personal history. Decades ago, I and a few others, helped Mark Lane move into his 5th Avenue office. He had just finished his Rush to Judgement. He gave me an extra copy of his Manuscript – wrapped in a colorful ribbon.

    Yes, our Republic was overthrown in a Coup D’état, and our History has been all downhill from there. The Only Road for our United States, is to Restore Our Republic, with all its bells and whistles, and make it even better.

    Dr. Peter J. Antonsen – nom de guerre, Durruti

    • Thanks: SafeNow
  24. Jokem says:
    @SafeNow

    I claim it was the War Between the States. At that point political expediency won out over constitutional government.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  25. @Jokem

    I claim it was the War Between the States. At that point political expediency won out over constitutional government.

    And a 97% white Union. The rest mostly Indian.

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