And why are we tithing so generously to Israel when our infrastructure at home sucks? Of course there are the doomsday comments about what a great ally Israel is in the Middle East. For what? The oil industry? I say tax the oil companies and have them deduct those expenses from their ledgers, rather than the US treasury. I don’t give a rat’s tush about the evangelical lobby who want to preserve Jerusalem and environs as a religious museum of sorts. Sell some Miracle Water and use it for your private religious crusade. As realtors say, “location, location, location”, but that stone ridden landscape can hardly be of much value except to zealots. The most expensive real estate in the world. Are we renting a dust bowl for 4 billion dollars a year?
So maybe we should sharpen our pencils and cut back on the welfare for Israel. If they can afford to build entire new communities on Palestinian land, why should we subsidize that misdirected thumb in our eye. This is where my pencil would start. Despite all of the happy talk about the mutual loyalty between the US and Israel, the support at the current level seems as welcome as a relative in your family who had mooched for decades and then tells you to kiss his ass and open your wallet again.
Charity is great, but when your national infrastructure is bleeding, donating more blood seems like a very bad health decision. Maybe both sides of the Israel-Palestine mess are whacked, but that is no reason for us to be nutters as well. Beggars should be more deferential. The Israeli Prime Minister is a brash flake.