Letters to the Editor

Budget: Invest more in international affairs

The U.S.’s International Affairs Budget could be the alternative to threats of warfare and the solution to many current issues.

There is a common misconception that this budget is dramatically more funded than it actually is, according to a 2013 Kaiser Family survey of Americans. On average, people believe it made up 28 percent of the federal budget. It actually accounts for one percent.

This makes it an easy target for budget cuts. However, increasing it could improve homeland security and international relations, and grow the economy.

The investment we make would strengthen relations between the U.S. and foreign countries, creating a healthy relationship that could soothe possible tensions.This has been proven before from countries that have been recipients of American aid such as Japan, Germany and South Korea.