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Examining Arguments For Increased U.S. Foreign Aid Spending

Writing in the Washington Post’s “Wonk Blog,” Dylan Matthews highlights a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey on Americans’ views on global health that “finds that the average American thinks the United States spends 28 percent of the federal budget on aid to foreign governments,” when “[i]n reality, we spend only one percent on foreign aid.” He writes, “This gap between perception and reality is ridiculously large,” adding, “That’s depressing, but it also presents an opportunity.” Matthews examines arguments for increased spending that he calls “the simple case,” “the equality case,” and “the nationalist case” (11/8).