So, for all those who agree with the US sending aide to our enemy, let me ask you this...What if this was Nazi Germany? What if back then Nazi Germany had had a disaster like this? Would you people still say: "Yes, we should put aside our differences and help them. It doesn't matter how many Jews they've slaughtered, they need our help."
Yup, I would. People are people, and they're suffering and we can help them--we can be the better person and put aside political and cultural differences and lend a helping hand. And we essentially did. See also: The Berlin Airlift
America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be, in a country of such wealth that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Then a representative of the NAAGB (The National Association of Green Bugs) shows up on Night Line and charges the ant with "Green Bias" and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of greenism. Kermit the frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when he sings "It's Not Easy Being Green."
Wow . . . that's really kind of offensive . . . but more importantly, it has little to do with this discussion. We're not talking about welfare and social programs, we're talking about lending emergency aid in a disaster. The Iranian victims of this disaster, though some may be our enemies and their government hates us, are hard-working people with hopes and dreams and fears, and they need help because their country can't cope with something this big all by itself.
Ah, so that's why our national deficit is so high. And that's also why we are so interested in obtaining oil and other raw materials.
The national deficit is so high because our government can spend more than it takes in by issuing bonds and other securities. These are held by the public and help to strengthen the economy by creating a safe and reliable investment option. Futhermore, our currency is based on an abstract concept of "faith and credit" in the United States. It isn't backed by anything with actual intrinsic value, so that creates a deficit of sorts as well. Foreign aid has little to do with the national debt.
As for oil, the U.S. has huge amounts of oil reserves in our own country. It's just a lot more expensive to drill our own oil, because no one wants a rig in their backyard, there's lobbying, labor costs are higher, etc. We'd have to tie up and gag all of the environmentalists, build tons of rigs, etc. and we'd all have the pleasure of paying $10 a gallon at the pump for 100% made in the USA gasoline. But in theory, we could do it.
To each their own, but we're helping them, and I agree with it.