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Why do people complain about the U.S. helping other countries when most of the money is collected by donation, not coming out of our budget?

It's your choice whether or not you want to donate money to those victims in Japan, Haiti or where ever. So why do people complain about us helping victims of disasters?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:02 PM on Mar. 17, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • To the Anon(s) who repeatedly said that other countries didn't and wouldn't help us in the event of a natural disaster - you're dead wrong.

    Afghanistan Donated $100,000 to the hurricane victims.
    Albania Donated $308,000.
    Argentina Made offers of help and assistance. Argentina also dispatched an elite team of bilingual mental health professionals.
    Armenia Pledged $200,000 and made offers of help and assistance.
    Australia A$10 million (approximately US$7.5 million), and a team of 1,000 emergency response officers immediately. Donated $20 million to American Red Cross.

    etc, etc, etc. Over 90 different countries either donated money or offered help in the form of manpower.

    As a matter of fact, Japan offered $200,000 to the Red Cross, offered up to 1 million dollars worth of emergency supplies, made private and corporate donations of over $13 million, and so on.

    Answer by DusterMommy at 11:52 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • OP are you blind to how much wasteful spending goes on with our government???? My taxes are already through the roof, and yet this country is still IN MASSIVE DEBT (state and federally). I can't agree with taking care of our neighbor if that means digging a deeper economic hole for ourselves. WE CANNOT AFFORD THE AMOUNT OF AIDE WE PROMISE. That is a FACT.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • most of the money is collected by donation, not coming out of our budget

    Anyone else sad at how many clueless people are still allowed to vote?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:14 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • And 97 countries, yes NINETY SEVEN offered and gave aid during hurricane Katrina. That sure sounds like help from "them" to me.

    Answer by Astraea_79 at 11:43 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • Japan is only secondt  to China in buying up out debt

    We owe them billions, if not trillions of dollars.

    I think we can pay them back some by helping them in their time of need.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:57 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • You are totally speaking of two different things.

    Everyone likes personal charity. This is good.

    Opinions vary on foreign aid. In this case, I'm saying it out loud, we need to help Japan. When you need to spend money, you need to spend money, and Japan has lent us plenty to help out where we needed it. We need to help them.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:27 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • You don't realize when the government steps in to offer aide it comes from our tax dollars?


    Answer by tiddliwinks at 8:43 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • The problem most people are having is that we are in such bad shape financially as a country. Also, there are private charities that are more efficient at getting aid to the people who need it. Sometimes going through the government results in aid NOT getting to people who need it (like in Haiti and Darfur and other areas of Africa.) I think there are people who WANT to give but who literally cannot afford it. In addition, with tax money, if you give, let's say, $1 billion to Japan, that's $1 billion that you DON'T have to give for domestic funding.

    We in the USA are stretched to the limit. There will come a day when we will have NOTHING to give.

    Answer by tinamatt at 9:33 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • What angers many is the fact that we seldom receive any more than lip service from governments or the people of other countries.

    Google is such a wonderful thing. The US is offered aid all the time. Millions during Katrina. We were offered help during the oil spill. The US turned most of it down.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:32 AM on Mar. 18, 2011

  • When charities give money - it comes from donations. When the government gives money - it comes from our taxes. Plain and simple we have enough of our own problems, and we just give it away to other contries, but will those contries help us when we have a natural disaster-NO they wont.

    Exactly. Donate all you want but our government needs to be taking care of the people here first, not others. Our schools are down the toilet, our healthcare is in turmoil, our poverty levels through the roof, unemployment the highest in decades. And we send billions to aid others. But when Katrina happened... yep, that's right, nothing. We worry too much about other countries. Private donations? don't have a problem with them. Our government? Should be helping us first.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 11:15 PM on Mar. 17, 2011