It always shocks me when people call for reducing the amount of foreign aid as a program that is either unnecessary or that is an unjustifiable drain on the budget. The amount of aid the we give out in this country, while substantial, is the tiniest fraction of our national budget. And, compared to many other countries in the western world, we provide less aid per capita. It seems like a big number but it is actually small by the world's standards.
So we should stop complaining about how much is being paid because its not that much. On top of that the rewards are huge. Helping the sick, supporting the progressive, feeding the poor, providing shelter and water, anything which helps pull people out of dire circumstances contributes to global stability. The cost of not providing aid is exponentially higher.