Ian Vasquez is the Director of Cato’s Center for Global Liberty and
Prosperity. He appeared on Washington Journal on March 13,
2011 and said that we should question the effectiveness of much of
our government’s foreign aid spending (about $50 billion a year).
He also noted that it would be wise to make a distinction between
humanitarian emergency aid and long-term development aid; the
latter usually doesn’t do a very good job of relieving poverty and
sometimes ends up in the hands of dictators.