Cutting foreign aid pound-foolish

When you ask Americans where to cut federal spending, many point first to foreign aid. But a Roll Call commentary co-written by former Wichita congressman Dan Glickman (in photo) noted that diplomatic and development programs represent only 1 percent of overall federal spending and, among other benefits, serve national security and help connect American businesses to global markets: “Disproportionately deep cuts now would also reverse efforts by both the Bush and Obama administrations to make our foreign assistance programs more effective and results-driven.”