Senators Leahy and Sanders and congressman Peter Welch recently supported the Vermont Law School for receiving a $1.5 million grant from the US State Department to support a three-year project designed to improve environmental and public health in China. Welch lauded this project and stated, “This project will empower China’s citizens to participate in and use legal avenues to address local environmental issues and to strengthen their communities. Vermont Law School continues to positively and practically influence the impact of the law on the environment in China.”
Upon hearing about this, I was incredulous on so many levels. At a time when our country is in so much trouble economically, can we really afford to use taxpayer money to pay for projects in another country?
How about the fact that China already owns most of this country’s debt? We are now borrowing money from China, putting our children’s future in jeopardy, to pay for a project that is going to benefit the very country from whom we are borrowing money?
Can’t China “improve environmental and public health” in their own country?
I further contemplated this and thought about how many other US projects that need funding, yet Vermont’s Delegates and the US State office find it in their heart to send the money to China?
Doesn’t our Vermont delegation constantly rail against “outsourcing jobs” or “sending jobs overseas”? I am constantly amazed at the hypocrisy of these three and the bad decisions of our federal government.