Wednesday, December 29, 2004
According to the New York Times:
Rejecting a United Nations official's suggestion that it had been a "stingy" aid donor, the Bush administration on Tuesday announced another $20 million in relief for victims of the Asian earthquake and tsunamis and dispatched an aircraft carrier and other ships to the region for possible relief operations.
The announcement brought the United States' total aid package to $35 million so far, and Bush administration officials said much more would be sent. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/29/international/worldspecial4/29aid.html?oref=login
Is $35 million stingy for the world's only super power?
Compared to the January 20, 2005 Inaugural?
Architect of the Capitol Alan Hantman... said $2.8 million has been appropriated for inaugural costs, although the total cost of inaugural events — the parade, parties, fireworks and security costs — is far higher. In 2000 President-elect Bush took in $40 million from campaign donors for his inaugural celebration. (Atlanta Journal Constitution http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/election/1104nation/04polissues.html)
Compared to the BCS college football games?
Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post points out that each of the the big-time college football teams will earn $14.3 million and the total revenue will be around $93 million. She suggests that this money be donated to aid the tsunami victims .http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32292-2004Dec28.html?nav=headlines
If our government seems a little stingy what can individuals do?
The Washington Post has a list of organizations accepting donations:
I personally gave to Doctors Without Borders http://www.doctorswithoutborders-usa.org/donate/index.cfm?msource=AZD0408H1001 They are already on the scene in most of the affected countries and have an extremely low overhead. I distrust organizations formed for specific disasters (too much time and money involved in setting up). I also still have a bad taste in my mouth concerning the American Red Cross' 911 efforts. I gave them money to aid victims not to buy computers for their local offices. But the important thing is to do what you can...