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NEWS: NY Times calls U.S. aid for tsunami 'miserly'

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posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 12:19 PM
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No one gives more than U.S.
Toronto Sun



Although oft resented, the U.S. is the most generous country the world has ever seen -- which brings to mind the Chinese proverb: "I don't know why he so hates me -- I never tried to help him."

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell took umbrage at Egeland's "stingy" quip.

He noted that U.S. aid in the tsunami disaster will top $1 billion and that the U.S. has given more aid in the last four years than any combination of developed countries.

President George Bush, also miffed at Egeland's remark, said the U.S.'s $2.4 billion in disaster relief last year was "40% of all relief aid given in the world."


While the tsunami is a catastrophic reminder of the power of nature -- it is also a reminder of America's enormous generosity.

Something for which it gets little thanks from people who should know better, like Jan Egeland.


Peter Worthington of the Toronto Sun has laid out the case well of what I said in one of my ealiar posts in this thread.

Valhall's comment about no expectation of praise is also well noted,

In a reversal of that sentiment I would also say criticism of aid, any aid is also not expected nor well recieved.




posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 12:22 PM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to increase its aid to victims of Asia's devastating tsunami to $350 million from $35 million, CNN reported on Friday.


now thats more like it.

...and i will gladly pay more taxes for this cause instead of some bogus war anyday.



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 12:23 PM
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Actaully I already posted an ATSNN story about this here:
www.abovetopsecret.com...




WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to increase its aid to victims of Asia's devastating tsunami to $350 million from $35 million, CNN reported on Friday.

abcnews.go.com...



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 12:26 PM
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``

in keeping with the conspiracy concept

i guess that as time goes by it will become apparent that
the massive death toll numbers were/are massively inflated

daily, groups of supposed victims are found not to be washed to sea,
sure there are mass graves, hurredly fashioned--
sure there are creamations happening also....
and these actions are made newsworthy, and covered many times by many
different reports as reporters and internet blogs contribute to this hyper-
inflation of a widespread (but moderate?) tragedy.

Governments see a bonanza of relief aid & $$ the more the tragedy is multiplied!
Individuals can reap aid, $, and even insurance claims...for relatives that were supposedly creamated.
the scam artists are dancing in the streets.
The businesses too can reap insurance claims...
i can see, the forces of greed and spoils running dizzily thru the minds of
the displaced...the business world...even governments.

El Cynic !

~$~



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 12:27 PM
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LOL, Fred..I beat you....


Its good news, though! Very good!



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 01:06 PM
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Originally posted by dgtempe
LOL, Fred..I beat you....


Its good news, though! Very good!


Nah I got you by 15 minutes:

posted on 12/31/04 at 10:12 Post Number: 1058619 (post id: 1080512)

vs

posted on 12/31/04 at 10:27 Post Number: 1058646 (post id: 1080539)

I win
Acutally the people in Asia win!



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 01:10 PM
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Originally posted by marg6043
Actually if the money comes from the private donations then the geneours private organizations that donated the money for Mr. Bushes extravaganza inagural ball, should be generous enough to help with the needy in our own country. Right? NO.

By the way he will be wearing a cowboy hat for the inaguration ball.


As much as I'd like to see the donors of the money donate to
worthwhile causes instead of the inauguration of ANY president,
it is their money and they have a right to do with it as they please.

I certainly hope he WILL wear a cowboy hat for the ball. I doubt
he will, but I'd LOVE for him to. People snear at cowboys, but they
represent honor, tradition, helping the helpless, and are all around
American. I'd LOVE IT. I know you'd hate it, but I ... and many in
the fly-over countryside would LOVE it.

You mentioned $$ getting to people in need in time. CNN, MSNBC
and FOX are all now reporting that the Rebels (terrorists) in the
region have set up illegal check points throughout Indonesia and
are shaking down the aid workers and stealing supplies and $$$.
So ... the bad guys are continueing to hurt their own. It's very sad.



[edit on 12/31/2004 by FlyersFan]



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 01:30 PM
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Originally posted by FredT

Originally posted by dgtempe
LOL, Fred..I beat you....


Its good news, though! Very good!


Nah I got you by 15 minutes:

posted on 12/31/04 at 10:12 Post Number: 1058619 (post id: 1080512)

vs

posted on 12/31/04 at 10:27 Post Number: 1058646 (post id: 1080539)

I win
Acutally the people in Asia win!


Nawwww I beat you both...... and you are right Asia wins



posted on 31-12-2004 at 05:55 AM Post Number: 1058583 (post id: 1080476) edit quote

Well maybe someone listens out there after all

"The United States will increase its aid from $35 million to $350 million for tsunami victims, CNN has learned"

more to come

www.cnn.com...



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 01:52 PM
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Everyone wins!


I heard the other night the survivors in the hospitals hadnt had a bite to eat in 2 days...i could hardly eat myself!


I hope by now they've had something.
How sad



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 02:01 PM
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www.nypost.com...

New York Post slaps New York Times upside the head
for calling the U.S. Aid 'miserly'.



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by dgtempe
I heard the other night the survivors in the hospitals hadnt
had a bite to eat in 2 days...i could hardly eat myself!


Yeah, me too.
It's all I've been thinking about for the past
4 or 5 days - once we really started to understand how bad it was.
I eat something or drink water and I think about the poor folks who
have nothing over there ... I sleep in clean sheets and I think about
those who are wrapping their dead in sheets (or plastic or whatever).

It's weighing heavy. I'm sooooo glad that we've got places to
donate to (Catholic Charities, Amazon.Com, etc.) It helps knowing
that we can at least give something. But you are right ... the
heart is still heavy.



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 03:44 PM
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FlyersFan

I am not joking, it was on tv this morning, the preparations for the inaguration activities and a place in texas has been order to make a hat for Mr. Bush inaguration ball, a cowboy hat, to represent texas I think.



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 04:37 PM
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As of today, the total amount of money pledged by the Government to the disaster fund is $350 million. That money is coming from the budgets of a number agencies and Congress will have to find ways to replenish their budgets. This does not include money from the private sector.

The State Department has said all along that there would have to be assesments before the total amount of funding could be confirmed.

The "Grey Lady" has become a colorful tramp.

abcnews.go.com...


[edit on 04/12/31 by GradyPhilpott]



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 04:48 PM
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Ok, I know that the money is going to a good cause, but its our world leading countries in some kind of competition now?



France has promised $57 million, Britain has pledged $95 million, Sweden is sending $75.5 million and Spain is offering $68 million, although that pledge is partly in loans.


These countries increased their donations too. US now is on top with 350, what is going on?

Thanks Mr. Grady for the link.



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 04:48 PM
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Slow played poker game
And Bush trumped!

The anti-Bush New York Times, better known as 'Slimes', calls virtually anything that Bush and this administration does as "miserly". This article is nothing new.

Oh...btw, pray tell, how much has the Times contributed?




seekerof



posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 05:02 PM
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Has this turned into a penny-pissing contest?
Amongst all the countries of the World?

On one hand, it's excellent for the countries in need.

On the other hand, It may just be a way for countries to boost
their percieved status on the World stage.

How do we know that any given country has followed through on thier pledge?

With a huge influx of cash like this, how do we know that bureaucratic wallets aren't being lined?

Or even the pockets, indirectly, of terrorist groups..

Who is minding this giant piggy bank?



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