(JustPatriots.com)- During his weekly General Audience at the Vatican last Wednesday, Pope Francis urged Christians to spend less money on Christmas this year so they could send money to the people of Ukraine.
The Pope said while it is always nice to celebrate Christmas and have parties for the holiday, “let’s lower the level of Christmas spending” by offering “more humble gifts.” He said the money people save can then be sent to the Ukrainian people “who are in need” and “suffer so much.”
He said the faithful should remember to keep Ukrainians in their hearts, but added that they should also “make that concrete gesture for them.”
Americans, who are struggling to afford groceries, are already scaling back on Christmas gifts because they can’t afford them. But now, thanks to Congress, they’re sending more money to Ukraine whether they want to do what the pope suggested or not.
This week, Congress finalized a mind-boggling 4,155-page 1.7 trillion spending bill supposedly to avert a government shutdown and fund the government through September 30, 2023.
And that $1.7 trillion boondoggle includes another $44.9 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine.
Why would a bill meant to fund the US government include another nearly $45 billion for Ukraine? The only government shutdown Congress should try to avert is our own, not Ukraine’s.
If this monstrosity passes, the United States will have sent Ukraine over $100 billion in taxpayer money since the Russian invasion in February.
According to the White House, the money is meant to ensure Ukraine has the assistance it needs to survive the winter.
Since October, Russia has been unleashing a barrage of missile attacks across Ukraine, primarily targeting the country’s energy infrastructure.
In his call for Congress to include additional Ukraine funding in a bill to fund our government, President Biden said he wanted to make sure Ukraine can defend itself against the “ugliest aggression” since World War Two.