Another week goes by and the war in Ukraine is still going. In relation to other wars, this one is still on the shorter end, but it feels like its been forever.
I am all for doing what we can to stop the advance of Russia, but we do have to be mindful of what it costs us.
Ukraine needs help to win this war. That much is true. But how much of that burden should be exclusively on the United States?
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Biden just tried to pass another $40 BILLION in aid to Ukraine and Congress has tried to fast track this and get it out the door ASAP.
However, one Republican has something to say:
Senator Rand Paul objected to a deal offered by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that would have set up votes on Thursday afternoon on the funding and on an amendment from Paul, who wanted to include language in the bill to expand an Afghanistan inspector general role to include oversight of the Ukraine funds.
Paul blocked the votes because he wants to add in more language that allows for extra oversight into how the funds are spent.
Instead of just fixing the current bill, the rest of Congress wants to make an amendment after the fact and then vote on it. The only issue being, that amendment vote might not pass.
Many are criticizing Paul for being the sole senator to hold up the bill, but you have to admire his conviction and standing up for what he believes.
Rand is not doing this because he is Anti-Ukraine. But rather, because he is America First.
Paul, however, warned about the pace of spending, arguing that “we cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy.”
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And he’s got a point. The American economy is in a very unstable position right now. Do I think we should help stop Russia? Absolutely.
Do I think that spending money to stop Russia now will save money in the future? Absolutely.
However, why does it seem like it always just the United States that takes it upon ourselves to do something about this? I know that other countries are helping out some and sending supplies, but most of the time its the US carrying the majority of the burden.
“Americans are feeling the pain [from inflation] and Congress seems intent only on adding to that pain by shoveling more money out the door as fast as they can,” Paul said.
I think Paul makes an excellent point and I also feel for the people of Ukraine. So the decision is a difficult one.