Those of you slamming government assistance seem to be missing the point that
government assistance is what brought the refugees to the US and gave them the
opportunities in the first place.
Popeye1250 criticizes foreign aid, but is ignorant of the fact that the United
States has received hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid over the past
5 years.Dut, is a great example of a person who see's humanity
without borders. Being a U.S. citizen is inconsequential to being a good person.
The world needs more people like Dut who work hard to help others, and less
Popeye1250's that sit back and criticize their good deeds.
It's not the job of the U.S. to "provide" anything to foreign
countries.This is just the same old thing, they always have two (2)
"solutions" to foreign countrie's problems;1. More
immigration to the U.S.2. More money from the U.S. to foreign
countries.There's nothing new here.When are those foreign
countries going to stand up for themselves finally?As a U.S. Citizen,
Voter, Taxpayer and Military Veteran I just don't care about foreign
countries like those mentioned. I don't want them bringing their problems
to my country.It's not my job to provide anything for them nor my
government's.This whole "foreign aid" thing has been going on
since the Marshall plan and that's WAY too long!Some countries have
been sucking "foreign aid" out of us for 20, 30, 40 years! WHEN does it
end?If they can't get off (welfare) by 5 or 6 years then we need to
walk away and let the chips fall where they may.
I worked with Dut as a 'low-level computer support person,' a position
we both saw as a path to something better. He is a good man trying to do some
good in the world.If we brought every needy person here we would be
too overwhelmed to help them, that is why there are limits on immigration. If
the few who come to the US reach back like this and help the many who remain we
can give them the tools to lift their nations out of poverty.
I am convinced that there is always hope -- and usually in spite of government,
and rarely because of it. There is in many people a spark of
determination -- determination to rise above "the way it is" and work
towards the way it could be. It was that determination that led a group of
people to discontinue "aid" from King George and instead establish a
union that relied upon the merits of individual responsibility, self
determination and hard work.As this young man has done, we all need
to get out of the "victim's" category and start once again to push
against those immense rubber tree plants which will eventually give way.It begins small, a few dollars, a few minutes, a few people. If we wait
for majorities and million dollar awards, we'll be waiting a long time.
You knoe I don't want to sound insensitive to Dut's needs but there is
one issue that won't allow this to blossom. The people here are broke,our
government has seen to that.Just look at the national debt and these fools want
more and they stiffle the job market with their over regulations and they still
want more. Then you have all these scandals that have surfaced in the last 5-6
months,the mess at the GSA,the mess in Columbia,the Hawaii trip involving the
courts and they do it with impunity because they can get away with it.
I've known Dut for several years and have heard his story. He's one of
the kindest most genuine people you'll ever meet. The troubles in his
country are simply unimaginable, and he wants desperately to help make a change
for good. Dut reminds me of the saying, "Some men see things as they are and
say 'why?' - I dream things that never were and say 'why
I agree with Lasvegas. When I was in Sudan I saw how the US Government aid was
misused. Very little gets to those that need it as too high of a percent makes
it way to the pockets/bank accounts of the government officials. We should
encourage more of this personal aid and cut back on US government foreign aid.
Notice that each person mentioned in this article is, themselves, working hard
to achieve goals, while at the same time “giving back” to help
others. This is indeed the perfect model.This is also why
government welfare fails. Rather than encouraging a person to set goals and
work toward them, it backfires and can result in generational welfare and
continuing poverty. When are we as a nation going to recognize this?“We want to provide a safety net, but we don’t want it to become a
hammock.” (Ronald Reagan)