Show me a guy that will pay 100k a year to make friends and I bet he will have tons of them. But if he ever gets in a bind and has nothing more to offer all those people who were pretending to be his friend will just leave. You can not buy loyalty. Thats just not how shit works.
In contrast US charities received something in the area of 375-390 billion dollars last year (Depending on what sources you look at) from citizens, foundations, and corporations. Thats good shit. Thats Americans helping out because they want to while the government does their part by offering tax breaks for people who donate. I believe thats exactly how it should be. It makes extremely little difference what the government does but the things it does do reflects an immoral practice of forcing people to give their money to others. The key factor in any business relationship is that both sides have to benefit. When this is the case things go smoothly with each side happy. When its just one side helping the other it does not work out. We should allow the country to help people in the direct interests of America (Such as if we need more engineers, lets imagrate some over who can work to support themselves while providing a needed service to the country.) But demanding money from the citizens of a nation to go and give away to people who have done nothing for those citizens and without the express intention that they will start to contribute is fucked up. I really dont think we should be blowing our tax dollars to go and police the world when we can't even pay our bills. The climbing national debt is a very real issue.
As of April 2015 every tax payer in America basically owes One hundred and fifty four thousand dollars to foreign nations. The debt to GDP ratio is well over 100% which to put the nation in terms of a 'person' is like if you made 60k a year and owed 70 or 80k. Keep in mind that a 'good' debt to income ratio as viewed from lenders is no more than 38% of your income. This basically reflects the attitude of a 16 year old girl who just got a credit card. 'I can spend whatever I want because daddy will pay it off later.' The only difference is that our children will be the ones who pay because we wanted to put on a cape and save the world for a bunch of assholes who never really did anything for us in the first place.
I think America should help other nations. But I hate that direct government charity is justified in any way. I think that attitude reflects a generation with no concept of how money works with a ruling class exploiting it to get their jollys and get rich. Its going to be interesting to see what happens when people stop rioting over silly crap and start rioting over things that matter.