Because our bloated government does not make enough transfer payments already, CNN is reporting that the United States Government may begin paying ransom for kidnapped Americans, thus creating a lucrative Welfare program for terrorist thugs.
This, if true, is the worst idea I have ever heard from ANY administration, and will surely be followed by a rapid increase in the number of Americans kidnapped throughout the world.
The only payment I would make to foreign kidnappers is in the form of a 30 cent 5.56 round from a smoking M-16.
*** Update ***
A reader notes that I technically incorrect when I call paying kidnappers a Welfare program. Were it a true Welfare program, the terrorist would have to do nothing for their money (see aid to Egypt). In this case, they will at least be doing something.