Comments on: First draft: Talking to Afghans, Pakistanis Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: MaryAnne B. Phillips Sat, 09 May 2009 17:43:13 +0000 I realize the importance of foreign diplomacy but not to the extent that billions of tax dollars are spent overseas to support foreigners. If that is necessary, that the United Nations should shoulder the cost, not the US taxpayer. We have given and helped all over the world yet we still get 9/11 and our own citizens still go to bed hungry and our disabled are routinely denied Social Security and live below the poverty level. I have e-mailed our elected for years about this, and Senator Cornyn did respond, stating that foreign aid is only 1% of the budget. I consider that a sarcastic reply and say that if people in America are in need, than even 1% is far too much.