I feel bad that I have not donated more to help out since this disaster. I agree
that the leaders there have not shown gratitude for U.S. help, but most of the
people suffering from this disaster have had no say in the political actions of
their leaders. I have limited retirement income and rental income that shrank
noticeably in the past year with increased expenses. Still, I hope to donate
again, and think it wouldn't hurt any of us to figure out ways to share
more freely. Eleven members of our family ate Thanksgiving dinner in a shack
with no running water and wood heat. It was good for us, but we still had a much
easier time than people in the disaster area who can't even dip water out
of a ditch to flush the toilet, and carrying in water from a clean source
isn't possible. Having a comfortable bed in a warm place is a blessing many
people never experience. Let's dig deep and help alleviate suffering.
Boy. The DN raises a legitimate issue, but all the one-note posters can do is
look for a new way to recycle the same nastiness. Note to Moracle: given
everything the GOP has done or tried to do to impede progress on ANY issue, it
would seem that their fear of being called "racist" is about zero. In
some carefully drawn districts, it might even HELP a candidate to be known as a
Being a little self centered is what stress does to a person. You start feeling
sorry for your self, self preservation is the most important thing in life. Hard
not to be effected by the contagious dis-ease.
"Americans acting stingy?" Sorry, charitable contributions
are something which no person or nation has any entitlement to, nor which can
ever be judged in a negative way. Americans are the most generous
people in the world, buth domestically and towards foreign countries.However, charitable contributions often reflect the prior attitude of the
recipients, and their initial responses to new donations. In the case of the
Philippines, the U.S freed them from Spanish rule in 1898, suppressed a Muslim
insurrection there in the early 1900s, freed them again from Japanese tyranny in
WW2, and have been making major contributions to their economic prosperity all
along the way, as well as supporting their democratic government, and their
current fight against a new generation of Islamic radicals.In
gratitude, the Philippine government essentially kicked the U.S. out of the
country, or at least the key Pacific bases, Clark AFB and Subic Bay naval base
in 1991.Sorry, Filipino people, we are pretty well tapped out in the
charity department, and are tired of helping an then getting kicked in return,
even though this may be Manila politicians, not people in the barrios. We got our own big problems to solve now.
Any wonder with the state of the economy that our illustrious president and his
gang of socialist/communists have brought us to?
Hard to paint a complete picture of this issues without some objective measure
of how the media is covering this disaster compared to the others cited in the
article.My subjective sense is that those other disasters had a lot
more airtime on major television outlets than Haiyan has had. It's much
easier to "follow closely" a story that's on the news all the time.
People are finding out that the Affordable Healthcare Act, AKA Obamacare, is not
actually so affordable. Much of the discretionary money people would normally
use for donations is now needed to cover their own healthcare needs. Sad, but
true. Also, this continued bad economy is taking a toll which allows
people fewer options to donate to charity. Almost half our citizens are
receiving government aid... the highest percentage in history.
Must be some big donations rolling in from the big hearted folks in the Middle
Another consideration may be that Americans have less money to spend than in
previous years. Times are very hard on many of us. Many would likely contribute
if they had the means. There are many on fixed incomes while the
cost of living keeps climbing, but their incomes stay low...how do senior
citizens cope under such conditions as this? Payments to those on Public Welfare
may increase with the cost of living, but not so with Social Security payments.
We have an impotent congress, afraid to stand up for U.S.
citizens if it means opposing anything Obama does. Some say they fear they will
be branded as "racist" if they oppose him -- and lose their next
election. Too bad that this nation is going down the tubes because our congress
is too afraid of being called "racist" to do what's right for its
The supporters of the current political climate do not believe in "self
charity". They believe the government will take care of it.
I wish we could see some improvement after the tragedy in Haiti.
Perhaps in light of our constrained American economy, we are withholding to
protect our own, personal houses first. But not to worry, our elected leaders
will take it all away and donate it to Iran anyway.