The most generous people in the world

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Intelinvestor, May 14, 2008.

  1. US media always brands its people as the most generous people in the world.

    China donated 5 million dollars to U.S. over the Katrina disaster.

    When China had earthquakes like this magnitude which killed more than 20,000, U.S. offered 0.5 million back.

    How generous is this?

    U.S. should at least give back the 5 million dollars to China.
  2. Hopefully the 0.5 is in bonds.
  3. sho-tim


    "The need to paint Americans as a greedy, selfish, war-mongering superpower cannot be disturbed by facts. It matters not that, in the year before the tsunami, the US provided $2.4 billion in humanitarian relief: 40per cent of all the relief aid given to the world in 2003. Never mind that development and emergency relief rose from $10 billion during the last year of Bill Clinton's administration to $24 billion under George W. Bush in 2003. Or that, according to a German study, Americans contribute to charities nearly seven times as much a head as Germans do. Or that, adjusted for population, American philanthropy is more than two-thirds more than British giving.",25197,23693121-7583,00.html
  4. As the richest country on the planet, it always offers laughable amount of money to other countries in disasters.

    How pathetic.

  5. US offered 80 thousand dollars in the beginning in tsunami disasters. This brought a lot criticisms from the world.

    Do you still remember somebody at UN called US "stingy country" over this?

  6. December 31, 2004
    we are a stingy nation: on tsunami cluelessness

    I watched six hours of tsunami news the first night, dousing myself in CNN reports. I was rubber necking, only i'm not sure if i was trying to see the tsunami wreck or the CNN wreck. I was in complete awe by the coverage, utterly angry in fact. Although there were loads of interviews with survivors, not a single survivor's voice shown on CNN was brown. In other words, all we saw were the rich white American tourists. Reports babbled on about what would happen if America was hit with a tsunami, complete with little simulations. As the death toll rose, a special report was given from Alaska where the US last experienced a tsunami. Comparisons were made about the magnitude, the harm, the horror. Less than a dozen people were killed in that one. Reports were given about how to protect yourself from a tsunami if it were to hit New York. Dear fucking god we are a selfish nation.

    So, our country was guilted into supplying more money for the relief and Bush gets on TV to defensively resist accusations that we are a stingy nation. Of course we are a stingy nation - we always have been. ::sigh::

    Then i woke to the following email in a thread on a mailing list:

    what i'm looking for is an organization who will take my volunteer efforts in SE asia. i'll fly out there, no problem. i'll perform hard labour for 2 weeks straight. but i can't afford to get my own lodging and food. no one wants my help. anyone know of any organization that would?

    First, this man's intentions are really good - he really wants to help, but his help is constructed in a typically American way. He's willing to give up time - one precious American commodity - but not money. But let's think about this. He wants to go to a devastated region that is devoid of food, shelter and water. He wants to put in hard labor to help a starving, dehydrated, homeless population and he's demanding these amenities!?!?!? You have got to be kidding me. Now, i am guessing that most of the villagers in these regions are putting in hard labor to repair their communities. And they're doing it without food water or housing. What kind of selfish, clueless request is this? But of course, in America, we want to help with any commodity other than money. We don't like giving money. That's fucking ridiculous when almost every NGO and NPO needs money more than anything. They need to buy things in the local regions, help the people there. This is not just true for the tsunami relief situation, but in general.

    Consider the clothing drives that are currently going on in the States. You want to ship off your $30 white branded T-Shirt. This was most likely created in an Asian country for maybe ? ten cents ?, sold to a manufacturer for maybe a quarter. You want to package this up, spend a bazillion dollars on shipping and send it back to Asia!?!? If you sent $10, at least 40 of your beloved T-Shirts could be bought. More importantly, the organizing NGOs could buy the most economical T-Shirts, support the local region's economy and make certain that people got what they needed.

    So when you think of donating blood or donating clothing, what are you really saying? You're saying you're too damn cheap to donate money. Money is what is needed, money is how these organizations can make certain to buy the maximum amount of needed materials and distribute them in the best way possible. Considering that time equals money, if you've read this far, you've probably spent $.50 assuming minimum wage only. Consider how much time you spend reading blogs or about the tsunami - donate that time multiplied by your hourly wage. Or, given that it's New Year's Eve, why not donate the amount of money that you spent today on champagne, food and party tickets.

    We are a stingy nation.
  7. It's because most donations from the US are not given by the government they are donated through private avenues.

  8. So, our country was guilted into supplying more money for the relief and Bush gets on TV to defensively resist accusations that we are a stingy nation. Of course we are a stingy nation - we always have been. ::sigh::
  9. Sandra Bullock donated a million out of her own pocket.


  10. Joke.

    How much did you donate?

    Don't tell me you donated to your church
    and your college. It has no business to

    In one issue of Money magazine, more than 98% of US charity donations are used within US.

    Less than 2 % goes to overseas, where Israel gets 60% of it. Close to zero goes to the poor African, Asian and Latin American countries.

    #10     May 14, 2008