Originally posted by aape
i found it funny that the sum of aid that usa gave was
less than the cost of the parties for celebrating
george w second term.
Wow. I wonder if this anti-Bush comment from a foreigner
came in record time? The author of this thread was saying
how nice it was that people were giving donations, and
wham, first out of the starting gate we get this junk.
Hey buddy ... the inauguration is paid for by private donations.
In America, people are allowed to donate to what ever the hell
they want to. While I'd rather see the money going to other
things, it's theirs to do with as they please. They earned it,
they can spend it on what they want to. AND I'm sure that if
John Kerry had been elected, his coronation would have been
just as costly, if not more so.
AND NOT TO JUMP ON THE 'WHO GAVE MORE' BANDWAGON (BECAUSE
IT MAKES ME WANT TO THROW UP) -
but considering the sneer, I'll just say that the American government
gave 350 Million (that's from OUR tax money so it came from US).
In addition our military is there using helicopters and personnel
all at a high per-dia cost. Major corporations have donated
tens of millions, not to mention the airplanes donated by UPS and
the pharmacuticals donated by Johnson and Johnson. Boeing
donated 1 million and promised to match any employee donations
in addition to that initial 1 million. There are jars on every store
counter across America filled with 'spare' change from Americans.
Schools are having bake sales and kids are bringing their allowances
in to donate. Churches such as the Catholic Relief Services and
Lutheran Family Services (and others) are collecting millions of
dollars here in America for tsunami relief. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts,
Swim Teams, Soccer Teams, and the list goes on and on. The true
amount that Americans donate is so much, from so many sources
within this country, it will never be able to be counted.
[edit on 1/18/2005 by FlyersFan]