President Barack Obama is moving to increase military aid to Israel to $3.15 billion, including $205 million for a short-range missile defense system. With cities and states in the United States selling off parks and closing programs (and the federal deficit reaching disastrous levels), it is astonishing that the Administration is still gushing out such money — particularly for one of the wealthiest nations on Earth.
Israel is experiencing an economic boom — unlike the United States, which has a debt problem that is now triggering international concerns, here. Recently, there have been objections that an astonishing percentage of Israelis do not pay taxes, particularly Orthodox families. Nearly one in five Israeli men between the ages of 35 and 54 do not pay taxes. Nearly 27% of Arab men and 65% of ultra-Orthodox Jews don’t work. Many ultra-Orthodox Jews are given a subsidy for religious studies. The non-employment rate for ultra-Orthodox men has tripled since 1970.
We have been following how cities and states are shutting down programs, increasing school class sizes, selling off public lands, and even considering eliminating whole grades to deal with shortfails in taxes. Yet, the Administration still believes that American citizens should subsidize the defense systems of foreign nations — on top of spending billions each month on Iraq and Afghanistan.
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