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Bush calls on American people for aid

The announcement came as the White House has been scrambling to repair an image battered at home and abroad by perceptions that US aid for the tsunamis lagged behind other countries - especially considering the outpouring of support for America from other countries in the hours and days immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Surfer Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 10:21 AM :
Screw him. The country's got 20+% of my wages in the form of taxes, made it dangerous for Americans to go outside of the country. He could have jumped on the bandwagon, but as he did at the school on 9-11, he screwed around until it was too late for it to look good.

Idiot.

Fix it yourself, Bush.


Nony Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 10:34 AM :
They got you for more than 20% Surfer, you are forgetting all the "little" taxes like salestax, tax on gas, beer, roadtax, real estate tax...


Juniper Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 3:27 PM :
Every day 25,000 people starve to death! This is not a natural disaster and can be prevented. Nobody collects money for that, nobody bothers with it ... no dramatic footage, no possibility to show off how generous one is.


Patriot Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 3:37 PM :
There are two different pockets our nation gives from - the government and the private sector. The report I saw last night indicated the government pocket is coughing up 350 million.

The private sector in this country - (which includes faith based relief), is expected to cough up another 100-200 million before this is over.

Our local news here in So Cal reported that the, the relief group - Doctors without Borders, is telling people to stop sending them money! I guess they have more then they can spend in the region.

I don't care if the president was on vacation when the Tsunami hit or that the journalists who critizice him for this were in Aspen on their own vacations. The important thing is that the resources get into the right hands - the people that need the blankets, fresh water, etc.

By way of comparison, China is in the region and is only pledging 60 million. Saudi Arabia - 10 million.

But somehow the perception is still that America doesn't give enough! So if our country is going to give more $$ for relief efforts like this, they will have to raise our taxes, and the rest of the world seems to think this is OK. I guess they don't understand the meaning of the word - "give".


Timmy Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 3:57 PM :
Juniper, juniper, uh, isn't a juniper some kind of bush?


NeoCon Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 4:02 PM :
Drudge is reporting that helicopters delivering aid have come under attack.


Golly Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 4:08 PM :
I read that too. Under attack from arrows.


Patriot Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 4:57 PM :
Is GNP a relevant factor to consider when gauging our charity, our world aid? How can we compare our economy to the others in the world when 90% of the rest of the world is as far from our economy as T-ball is from the major leagues?

Look at this in another way Juniper, in terms of world ecnonomies - our foreign aid package, if it were a country on it's own - would be the 12th largest economy in the world.


Surfer Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 6:17 PM :
So, where do you think that money for the government part that aid comes from?


Patriot Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 6:33 PM :
Not sure I understand your question......where do I think that money for the government part that aid comes from? If you mean - where does the government get their money? then I think you need to put down the bong.....but if you mean to ask at the expense of what other government programs does the aid program gain funding? I'm afraid, I'm not up to date on the history of this decision by congress. I'm sure if you know you'll tell me though!


PoPo Wrote the following on 01/04/2005 7:24 PM :
Simply put. Its so expected of Democrats to pumel this administration in any digree of charity and critisize the least or greatest amount of help offered. If tomorrow the administration pulled out every troop from Iraq the Democrats would then cry out not about the WMDs or terrorists, but what a huge mistake was made to leave so soon and how bad it was blah blah blah.....

Watch and see.


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