I'm glad the US is helping Ukraine, but the government knows us citizens are broke right? Where are these billion dollar packages coming from?

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There are some funny people on this thread. Yeah 3B small compared to the entire federal budget but do you know how much impact that would have if spent here at home? Especially in these rough times for the millions of people out there? Cant be spending "few rounding errors" outside when your own people are having financial hardships.

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Do you honestly think it's being well spent there?

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$3B is a tiny part of the trillion $ budget. Less than what we pay for military bands annually.

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$300M for bands. (I got curious)

But national defense is $800 billion. Russia is among our biggest security threats so it’s still a drop in that bucket

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If European countries aren’t paying for peace in Europe, we shouldn’t be.

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UK and Germany are each spending $2b … so those two countries alone exceed us aid

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Another approach to look at it is it's money spent towards keeping Russia from realizing its goals which achieves two purposes - stops them from trying this again (duh) but more importantly stops China from trying something like this with Taiwan. The costs if China was to pull something like this would be even higher than what has been spent so far.

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idc about ukraine

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We have a $20+ trillion economy and a multi trillion federal annual budget. A few billion is a tiny rounding error in the context of those two numbers.

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It’s not zero-sum, though. My point is that we have the most productive and prosperous economy in the history of the world. The US economy and government isn’t constrained by resources, only by the will power to do more.

Come out to Los Angeles, SF, Seattle and you will see some of the most miserable living conditions that you will never see in third world countries.

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Food insecurity is not the issue. Neglect of mental health and psychiatric care is.

What I see out here on the streets, I have never seen anything like this in my impoverished, third world country of origin.

Apologies for triggering you. I hope you are able to cope and level set.

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Imagine disregarding the lives of people viciously attacked because you don’t want to pay interest on a student loan that you agreed to that helped you get a good job.

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There are people in this country dying of poverty. There are also people being attacked in other wartorn countries and for some reason we don't invest in them nearly as much. The government needs to tell Europe to start pulling its weight.

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Yeah that would be effectively $10 per citizen

US citizens aren’t broke as a whole. But the war in Ukraine has made things a lot harder forcing up ag and fuel prices for all americans. So yeah, we can afford to make a big investment to stop the ahole and stabilize the global economy.

Print money, increase money supply, price of US dollar goes down. Force other countries to trade in your currency, increase interest rates/loans to developing economies through organised crime like syndicates that are actually NGOs to lend development finance to those countries in the US dollar. Hence keeping poor countries poor, increasing demand for the US dollar and returning it to the earlier equilibrium.

Quantitative easing is always solved by forcing trade.

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