I Have a Gripe

January 17, 2010

The United States to the Rescue as Always

Filed under: government,United States government — alvb1227 @ 9:58 pm
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We were all horrified by the images coming out of Haiti this week. And as always, both the people and the government of the United States were quick to offer their prayers, their dollars and military support to those in need. This is just one of the things that makes me proud to be an American.

Then you have countries like China have donated one million to relief efforts. The three million dollar donation from golf pro Tiger Woods is a larger donation than China and India combined. However, I haven’t seen much of that reported in the news. Considering the size and GDP of these countries, their small donations are inexcusable. Some may say that China’s small donation is due to Haiti’s issue with acknowledging the current Chinese government, however, the U.S. was quick to offer aid when Iran suffered a serious earthquake a few year ago. As Bush 41 said, this is not an issue that should be politicized.

However, after all the United States has done around the world, a majority of the world can’t stand us. Many on the left will say it is due to the last eight years of the Bush administration, however, I disagree. This anti-American sentiment has been going on for quite some time. In my personal opinion, you will not find a more caring and compassionate people than those of the United States. Even now, in the midst of an economic downturn, people are digging deep and donating what they have. A large majority of nations around the world look at us as the ugly empire, however, when disaster strikes, those same countries look to us to lead the charge…and we do, without hesitation.

In the last five years, the U.S. has given Haiti approximately one billion dollars, most of which has been more than likely lost to the wide-spread fraud and a corrupt government. I wonder if down the road Haiti will go the way of American Somoa and become an unincorporated territory. In the long run, it may make more fiscal sense, especially now, given the shambles the nation is in due to the earthquake.

If you are considering a donation, I hope you donate to a well-vetted organization. Personally, I do not donate to any organizations run by the United Nations. In my opinion, they are one of the most inept organizations and should have been disbanded decades ago. I also do not donate to the Red Cross ever since their 9-11 debacle.  I recommend organizations like Doctors Without Borders, which has a four star grade from Charity Navigator and the newly created Clinton-Bush Haitian relief organization. These groups work hard to ensure that the funds donated are not wasted and get the most out of every dollar. For more information on different charities, check out Charity Navigator.

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