I'm not embarrassed to be an American !

  1. I wanted to reply to the thread "embarrassed to be an American" but it quickly disappeared. Things move really fast around here ! Anyway, I agree the U.S. could do far better than to donate 15 million to flood relief and I feel sure that we will. If you are irritated and want to help raise the level of relief go to:
    http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html and make a difference. It's easy to go out to eat and spend $25+ dollars. I am forgoing my weekly trip to Red Lobster and donating my dinner to those who are doing without today.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Way To Go!!!
  4. by   fergus51
    I think that's very nice of you
  5. by   Tweety
    Awesome. While 15 million does seem a drop in our trillion dollar budget, it's a start. Also, I think private citazens organizations are going to come up with much more in the near future.
  6. by   Roy Fokker
    Guys, honest perspective here::

    ONE US DOLLAR will buy me THREE good meals back home when I covert it to local currency.

    Just chew on that.

    EVERY dollar counts!
  7. by   kitty29
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Guys, honest perspective here::

    ONE US DOLLAR will buy me THREE good meals back home when I covert it to local currency.

    Just chew on that.

    EVERY dollar counts!

    I'm extremely proud to be an American...and I (like many Many others) try to help out in the world...I do support The Red Cross and many other programs that send to such events through out this world.
  8. by   Tweety
    I heard on ABC News this morning the US was donating 35 million. But is getting criticism for not doing enough. President Bush will address the situation today and is exercising caution. Mr. Powell did mention that no one has donated more money around the world than the US.

    What I don't appreciate is the criticism I heard on the news that we spent 11 billion in relief in Florida this year after four hurricanes and only want to start with 35 million over there. To me it's a no brainer, American tax dollars to American people first.
  9. by   gwenith
    Australia boosts tsunami aid efforts

    The Federal Government has announced a further $25 million in emergency relief to help tsunami-affected nations in Asia.

    More than 65,000 people are believed to have been killed across Asia, with many thousands more missing and feared dead.

    Nine Australians are among those killed and the Foreign Affairs Department says it still has serious concerns for the wellbeing of another nine.

    Australia has committed $10 million to Indonesia's Aceh region to buy emergency equipment and supplies for people displaced by the weekend waves.

    More than 32,000 people are confirmed dead in Indonesia from the tsunami and the undersea earthquake which sparked it.

    Australia will also give $5 million in aid to Sri Lanka, while another $5 million will be donated to aid agencies.

    The remainder of the new spending will support the relief efforts in Thailand and the Maldives.

    The Government's overall contribution to emergency aid in the wake of the tsunami now totals $35 million.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...2/s1273599.htm

    Before someone jumps down my throat and accuses me of America bashing I am only posting this to show that it is not only America that is stepping up to the line to help.
  10. by   kitty29
    Quote from gwenith
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...2/s1273599.htm

    Before someone jumps down my throat and accuses me of America bashing I am only posting this to show that it is not only America that is stepping up to the line to help.
    I don't see this a bashing, in fact we are good friends with you in the "down under"....good going!
  11. by   renerian
    Thanks for posting the link...........

    renerian
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from gwenith
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...2/s1273599.htm

    Before someone jumps down my throat and accuses me of America bashing I am only posting this to show that it is not only America that is stepping up to the line to help.

    Austrailia has more ties to the region, I don't see it as America bashing at all (only off topic, but who cares about that). Obviously it's going to be a worldwide effort. I noticed supplies from Japan being early to arrive as well. The US doesn't have the market on charity by no means.
  13. by   Mkue
    I agree the US doesn't have the market on charity and considering that we have a trillion dollar deficit here in the US I will not complain about any amount of money that is donated for this tragedy and I think this will be an International effort as it should be.. IMO.
  14. by   tntrn
    I am among those who are not ashamed to be an American. Nor am I ashamed of my government, although I do not always agree with everything that is done in Washington (both DC and the state). MY husband and I are leaving on Sunday for Kerala, India. This trip was planned several weeks ago and Kerala, while suffering death and destruction, was spared if you compare it to the other areas.

    In our correspondence to our hosts in India we asked what we could bring that would help. Just our offer of help was "heartening." We are, instead, taking our good will and will conduct ourselves as Americans who are trustworthy, intelligent, concerned, dignified and as we go about our intended activities there, we will be on the lookout for ways we can help out in the future. My church's women's group is always wanting a mission project. I will report back to them, maybe even before we return. Our little church does amazing things when challenged, and perhaps we'll adopt a challenge that we can personally identify, with the help of our hosts, while we are there.

    Many countries donate to causes such as this: it is an international outpouring. Keeping track of who does what really defeats the purpose of giving, don't you think? We just had Christmas. Do those of you who keep track of what America (or others) "gives" also keep a tally of who gave you what and how much it cost. I would hope not.

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