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September 18, 2005

Charitable

Now that we’ve completely annihilated it, would y’all mind chipping in a few (more) bucks to rebuild it?

WASHINGTON - (KRT) - From the Indian Ocean tsunami to the church around the corner, Americans have shown time and again they are willing to open their pocketbooks for charity, for a total of about $250 billion last year alone.
But now, amid pleas for aid after Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration has launched an unusual effort to raise charitable contributions for another cause: the government’s attempt to rebuild Iraq.
Although more than $30 billion in taxpayer funds have been appropriated for Iraqi reconstruction, the administration earlier this month launched an Internet-based fundraising effort that it says is aimed at giving Americans “a further stake in building a free and prosperous Iraq.”
Contributors have no way of knowing who’s getting the money or precisely where it’s headed, because the government says it must keep the details secret for security reasons.
… “I’m a little skeptical, and the timing certainly isn’t the best,” said James Ferris, director of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. “It’s going to be a hard sell.”
… The effort is just the newest twist in the administration’s struggle to rebuild Iraq. Andrew Natsios, head of USAID, first predicted it would cost taxpayers no more than $1.7 billion. The tab has since risen to more than $30 billion, with congressional Republicans and Democrats sharply critical of the high cost and slow pace of progress.

As of Friday night, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Iraqpartnership site had generated contributions totaling $39.

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Charity - the government taketh, and the people giveth, so that the government may taketh, knowing that the people will giveth.

Every life that charity(in a first/2nd world economy) saves maintains the socio-economic basis for the death of a hundred others in the future. Time for some Effective, as opposed to Selfish, Empathy.

Posted by: Inquisitor at September 19, 2005 12:21 AM