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Are we really generous?

Post Independent Writer

Dear Editor, The Bush administration tells us that we are the most generous nation in the world. Not so. In 2003, for foreign aid to poor countries., we gave 15 cents for every $100 of national income. Denmark gave 84 cents, the Netherlands 80 cents, Belgium 60 cents, France 41 cents and Greece 21 cents. Private donations from Americans increases our giving to 6 cents, raising our total to 21 cents on the dollar. After some chiding from a U.N. official, we raised our initial pledge for tsumani relief from 15 million to 35 million and then to 350 million. Japan and Australia are giving more than we are in real dollars. On Jan. 20, we will see the most lavish and costly inauguration in our history. Is Mr. Bush aware that this is an inauguration and not a coronation? Would he realize that were he to cancel the festivities and instead give the 40 million dollars to victims of the tsunami and to repairing our terrible destruction in Iraq, he might be doing something to improve our tarnished image around the world.Jane Baker VeitCarbondale


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