Posted by Run for America?, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2009 at 11:43 pm
Africa has had wars, slavery, poverty, and violence for millenniums. (Africa had wars, slavery, poverty, and violence before the Europeans arrived and they still have wars, slavery, poverty, and violence today.) No amount of money will stop the wars, slavery, poverty, and violence until the Africans love their children more than they love war.
Zimbabwe was the breadbasket of Africa until Mugabe came to power. He encouraged the people of Zimbabwe to beat-up, kick out, or kill the white farmers. Zimbabwe has caused its own demise.
Africa has tons of natural resources and so does Latin America. The world has poured trillions into Africa, Mexico, and Latin America, but the continents/countries are still violent, corrupt, uneducated, poor, etc. In <i>Three Cups of Tea,</i> Greg Mortenson built schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan from the donations given by Americans. Currently, schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan are being blown up or burned down. It would have been better for people to donate money for college scholarships in the US, than to throw money away on schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Our house is burning down and we are sending our water and firefighters overseas. Does anyone hear our cries? Does anyone feel our pain? Does anyone care about the United States anymore?
We would be appalled if a mother allowed her children to starve while the mother fed homeless people in the park, yet that is what is happening in the US. Too many groups/charities/religious organizations are sending money and resources overseas meanwhile:
47 million Americans do not have health insurance
30+ million Americans go hungry every day
The US has a $10+ trillion dollar debt (more than the combined debt of all of the countries in the world)
Millions of Americans are homeless
20+ million Americans are unemployed
Our educational system needs immediate help
Our health care system is collapsing
Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt
Our inner cities are war zones
Our roads and bridges need fixing
We are in the midst of an economic meltdown and our banks/businesses are on the ropes
And the list goes on…
Taxpayers can no longer shoulder the burden of more taxes and our government can no longer afford to lose billions of tax dollars from charitable donations that are going overseas.
We have so many needs in America that it is almost criminal to neglect America’s needs while helping other countries. We do not have the money or resources to fix the rest of the world. We do not even have enough money and/or resources to take care of America.