Tuesday, December 28, 2004

 

U.S. official slams U.N. as 'stingy' over aid to Iraq.

Oops, sorry, that's not the headline at all:
The Bush administration yesterday pledged $15 million to Asian nations hit by a tsunami that has killed more than 22,500 people, although the United Nations' humanitarian-aid chief called the donation "stingy."
I saw this story this morning, and wow, did I want to comment at length.

Too bad that Ace commented first. So, go read his thoughts; I agree.

However, Ace seems to have missed the implications of one quote in the Washington Times story:
"It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really," the Norwegian-born U.N. official told reporters. "Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become." "There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy," he said, adding that politicians in the United States and Europe "believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It's not true. They want to give more."
And you know what? I bet we *will* give a lot more, only we won't be giving it via an inefficient government-run tax system. We'll be doing it as Americans always have: through charities and relief organizations.

In fact, if you want to give-- your choice-- here's a website set-up for that: The Red Cross.

I'm willing to bet this blog that Americans give more than $15 million via charities alone to this crisis. In fact, I'm almost certain that the United States government will end up giving more than that by the time this is all said and done.

Of course, the Euros could do the same, if they had things like "take home pay," and "employment."

Effin' Europeans. . .

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