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Rick Perry Says Foreign Aid Would Start At Zero, Even For Israel

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Published on Nov 13, 2011

Rick Perry says will cut all aid to Israel.

Published On Sunday, November 13, 2011 02:12:26 AM Yourjewishnews.com/Huffington Post Rick Perry called for a radical new approach to American foreign aid spending in the GOP debate Saturday night, proposing that all aid be reduced "to zero," and then be re-implemented only once the country made a good case for their aid. Asked later in the night if he included Israel in that plan, Perry said he did.

"Obviously Israel is a special ally, and my guess is we would be funding them at a high level," Perry said, "but everyone should come in at zero."
It wasn't quite calling for the end of foreign aid to Israel -- Perry was quite clear he supported it -- but the tricky question demonstrated the difficulty of the proposition he made earlier in the night.

Perry had been speaking about cutting aid across the board to zero during a conversation about Pakistan at the beginning of the debate.
"Pakistan is clearly sending us messages that they don't deserve our foreign aid because they're not being honest with us," he said. It was unclear what exact mechanism would be put in place to permit foreign nations to make their pitch
for the necessity of American foreign aid.
The U.S. gives about $50 billion of foreign military and political aid per year, including about $3 billion to Israel alone.

Even before the debate was over, Perry's official Twitter account began doing limited damage control, tweeting, "Perry is a friend to Israel, understands challenges faced by the country along with a link to Perry's position statement on Israel."
In an earlier debate, both Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain had pushed back
against a suggestion by Ron Paul that foreign aid -- including that to Israel -- out to be re-evaluated in light of America's spending priorities.

A spokesman for Mitt Romney, who said during the debate that he supported Perry's idea of starting all foreign aid at zero, has now walked back the implication that Romney would include Israel in that calculation.
"Governor Romney was talking about Pakistan when he said the foreign aid each year should start at zero," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams told Politico's Ben Smith. He added that he did not believe that Israel should see their foreign aid reduced to a starting point of zero.




In the world of Blogs, Twitter and Facebook, Rick Perry has a legion of nasty supporters who have spent the last month trashing all of the GOP candidates while declaring Perry to be the most inspiring candidate since Reagan. One, Clint Cox, works for Perry's PAC and is a "social media manager" in Washington state for Perry. Cox got Facebook to censor an event hosted by an anti-illegal immigration group and declared the group "deserved" to be censored. Interestingly yours truly, Clint Cox said last week when he declared that he would never vote for Cain or the other GOP candidates if they got the nomination. Clint Cox is one of dozens of attack dogs smearing the opposition in favor of Perry.

Perry has a major problem on his hands. He's a terrible debater and his positions on several issues important to conservatives don't sit well with us. He's down big in the polls as a result. His strategy seems to be right out of the Democrats play book. He's ruthlessly smearing and attacking all of his opponents in the hope that in the end he will be the only one left standing. This isn't how it should be in a party primary. This primary is a debate about issues, it's a debate on who can defeat Barack Obama. Rick Perry's campaign has turned this primary into a series of nasty personal attacks.

Has anyone else noticed that Perry is the only one personally attacking other Republicans. Sure Romney has had some nasty anti Perry ads but they've all been focused on the issues. Romney is focused on immigration, Perry is focused on who may have unknowingly had an illegal mowing the lawn. Cain is the conservative front runner, so Perry is leaking nonsense sexual harassment stories about him with help from one of Obama's Chicago henchmen. Is this who we want to be our Republican nominee? Rick Perry's debate's may have destroyed his chance at the nomination in 2012. His nasty personal attack campaign may ensure that he doesn't get the nomination next time around.

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