blogenlust
12.28.2004

Tsunami Relief


update: US aid has increased to $35 million... You might have already seen this at Eschaton, but if you haven't, let me reiterate how disgusting this is:
Link: The Bush administration yesterday pledged $15 million to Asian nations hit by a tsunami that has killed more than 22,500 people, although the United Nations' humanitarian-aid chief called the donation "stingy." Context, context... The war on terror will take center stage at next month’s second inauguration for President Bush in Washington, D.C. ... The estimated budget for the event is $30-40 million, but that will not cover security costs.
The deathtoll has risen to over 50,000 people and officials are concerned this number could double once disease sets in. Yet, the United States of America, the richest country in the world, is sending pocket change. Rob at AMERICAblog asks a good question:
How Christian is George W. Bush? Evidently not very. In one of the largest natural disasters in recent years, the Bush administration response of $15 million is the equivalent of what George Bush spends in Iraq in TWO HOURS. That's right, at $177 million a day in Iraq, $15 million is a pittance. Those are great Red State Values. What would Jesus do? I expect that he would have spent more time and money trying to help people in a natural disaster than the pathetic response the Bush administration has provided. Democrats should be on television right now calling on the Bush administration to do right in this human disaster. That's what I call Blue State Values.
Qubit has a list of relief organizations where you can donate to the relief efforts.