Friday, December 31

NYTimes OpEd - "Are We Stingy? Yes"

"We hope Secretary of State Colin Powell was privately embarrassed when, two days into a catastrophic disaster that hit 12 of the world's poorer countries and will cost billions of dollars to meliorate, he held a press conference to say that America, the world's richest nation, would contribute $15 million. That's less than half of what Republicans plan to spend on the Bush inaugural festivities."

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: Are We Stingy? Yes

I believe I heard we are now up two $350 million and the first of our aid has reached it's destination.

It's about time the world governments learn that like real people you can't force countries to change for the better with a heavy hand. Fairness brings freedom and violence, tirany. Here we are completely preoccupied and entrenched in Iraq and very nearly missing the boat on other very important things going on in the world.

I have a visual in my head that I'd draw a cartoon of if I was a cartonist. It's of Uncle Sam in his big hat and beard spanking a little guy (Iraq), hand raise while looking over his shoulder with surprise to see the rest of the world powers with their hearts and muscle helping those around the Indian Ocean. I don't know what exactly it means or if it's right or wrong, that's just what popped into my head. If somebody is good with the pen they should feel free to ink something up and call it there own.

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