Tuesday, December 28, 2004

 

UN official terms US aid to tsunami victims "stingy"

Unclear on the concept of giving

From today's Washington Times
"It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really," the Norwegian-born U.N. official told reporters. "Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become."

"There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy," he said, adding that politicians in the United States and Europe "believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It's not true. They want to give more."

Mr. Egeland is correct. We do want to "give" more though we want to "give" in the literal sense of the word. And we are giving more, only in a way that he, like many on the Left, cannot comprehend.
In response to Mr. Egeland's comments, Mr. Duffy pointed out that the United States is "the largest contributor to international relief and aid efforts, not only through the government, but through charitable organizations. The American people are very giving."

The US government may be the stingiest in the developed world in dispensing foreign aid. The American people are the most generous aid donors in the world. Contraty to Leftist dogma, the two previous sentences are not contradictory.




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