Leftist Americans would get pretty upset if they saw our government spending money to repair churches and temples here at home.
Yet for the past decade we’ve been funding building repairs for mosques, churches and temples in other countries.
You can read a list of the 2010 foreign grant recipients here. As you can see there are places of worship on the list, as well as a bunch of other things none of us wish to repair with our money.
Constitutionally I don’t know how the federal government gets away with funding mosques. Perhaps John Yoo can tell us if there is some exemption the federal government has in giving money to a religion so long as the building is called “cultural” or “historic.”
Legal or not, it’s still financially repugnant. America has an unemployment rate over 9%. What does a head of household in that statistic care if the Golden Mosque in Pakistan or the Public Baths of Lebanon need paint jobs?
I’m raising money for youth football in my hometown here in America and I wouldn’t want one dime of tax dollars to pay for it, even though it would actually be a help to some of the unemployed parents who have children who want to play. There's no help to any American when we spend $47,000 preserving Khazakstan's carpet weaving traditions.
Some may argue this spending is an arm of diplomacy. I say cut that arm off. If I have to pay for your stuff to be your friend, we aren’t friends anyway.
If Obama and Boehner are looking to make cuts – cut this.