Okay, so maybe Super Bowl vs. Foreign Aid was a misleading title for this blog. It's not about one versus the other, and many of us in the ACTION Secretariat will be cheering in front of our television this Sunday.
But this infographic from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition helps us break down how little the U.S. actually spends on the foreign aid programs that save lives around the world. During budget discussions in tough economic times, it's easy to call out foreign aid as a scapegoat, but this is because most people grossly overestimate how much, at least in the U.S., we actually spend. On average, Americans think the U.S. government spends a whopping 21 percent on foreign aid. Attention fellow Americans: The number is actually closer to 1 percent.