h. Head Start and Early Head Start These programs help 1.1 million disadvantaged children get an improved chance to do well in school.
2. International Assistance Foreign aid is less than 1% of the total federal budget although according to national polls Americans wrongly say that foreign aid is 25%! When asked what would be an â€œappropriateâ€? percent, they typically say 10%. In the last several decades, effective American foreign assistance has saved tens of millions of lives and helped improve the educational and economic opportunities for millions more. President George Bushâ€™s PEPFAR program alone has saved millions of lives. On Sept. 30, 2010, 3.2 million people worldwide were being kept alive because the US directly funded life-saving anti-retroviral treatment. Since 2006, 19 million people in 15 countries have received insecticide treated bed nets and 40 million people have received anti-malarial treatment. (US cost: $500 million). We do not face a debt crisis because the U.S. spends $500 million on mosquito nets and treatment that helps save the lives of tens of millions of people.
April 13, 2011