EXCERPT: Doing my part to help save international aid

This excerpt was originally published on CC Chapman’s website. To read the full version, go here.

In the coming days and weeks, we are going to hear a lot about the “fiscal cliff” that we as a country are approaching.

I’m not an economist or a government expert, so my over simplified summation is that there are a pile spending cuts set to happen unless changes are made.

What especially got my attention was that there will be no exemptions for International Affairs programs anticipated and there is no flexibility permitted to protect certain programs (PEPFAR,Feed the Future) by cutting other programs more deeply.

A year ago, this wouldn’t have mattered much to me or even got my attention, but after a week inGhana with the ONE Campaign earlier this year everything changed.

It use to bother me seeing all the commercials on television asking for my money to help feed starving kids in Africa. Sure, I wanted to help them, but what about all the starving kids living right here at home in the United States?

I still want to see us as a country doing more to help the poor here at home. We should not have hungry kids in this country! But, I also know that after seeing the level of poverty in other parts of the world, what we have here doesn’t even compare.

At less than 1 percent of the budget, America cannot sort out its fiscal problems on the backs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We need to protect that small percentage from any cuts that need to be made.

Read the rest of his blog post here.