Quote Of The Day: Stingy? Like Hell!
You know, I was pleased, but not the least bit surprised to hear about the enormous amount of aid being given to the tsunami victims by the US gov’t (350 million — so far), American citizens (44+ million to the Red Cross alone), & our corporations (40+ million in goods and services).
However, I was not pleased, nor regrettably, surprised, to hear whining and moaning about what we were doing,
“President Bush should have gotten on TV sooner, we’re not giving enough, America’s ‘Stingy’,” wah, wah, wah,…”
The last thing anybody wants to hear, particularly someone who lives in a generous country like America, is kvetching about the amount of money we’re giving and how we’re giving it.
So, my first order of business when I got back from vacation was going to be replying to the critics of what we’ve been doing, but Charles Krauthammer beat me to the punch….
“We are six percent or less of the world’s population, yet we give almost half. We are a very small number of people, relatively speaking, and we carry the weight of a dozen countries. Secondly, we maintain a military structure that keeps the peace of the world…..Who is in the Indian Ocean with the aircraft carriers, helicopters, skilled personal? No one has the infrastructure in the world, we spend almost half a trillion dollars a year on our military structure, which is essentially the fire department of the planet and is it always at the disposal of people hit in a national disaster…..Incidentally on food aid, we five 60% of all the food aid in the world. It is simply irresponsible to talk about the U.S. as anything other than the most generous nation on the planet.” — Charles Krauthammer
PS: I wouldn’t normally mention this, but since the lefties are likely to ask in the comments section, yes, I have donated to two different charities for Tsunami relief and the Unicef blogad is a freebie.