Sunday, January 02, 2005

Stingy in Our Response?

How pathetic is our bristling at the widespread observation that we, the wealthiest and only super power, have not been as generous as we could. Surely the dramatic increases now in US aid would seem to accept that our initial response was meager and paltry. Of course, we are stingy. That's one of the main reasons that we have so much and guard it so jealously. Some of have suggested that the Presidential Inaugural Festivities be made simple and those massive funds instead be donated to the tsunami relief. Why not? This is such a huge disaster and loss that it seems obscene for thousands of rich people to be dancing away the night at glittering and forgettable parties within a month of the tragedy.