Thursday, December 30, 2004

The tsunami was NOT our fault.

It was only a matter of time before someone blamed America for the tidal wave in South Asia.

Is anyone else getting tired of the way people demand handouts from the US government in the wake of tragedies? Charity is great -- and it has nothing whatever to do with the duties of governments. If a private school building burns down in NYC, do the administrators of that school go running to other private schools and demand assistance? (Well, nowadays, probably.)

NRO's Jim Boulet is irritated by the inability of left-wing humanitarians to just shut up and give:

Seems like liberals are all full of ideas on who should be giving money. Bonus-rich Wall Street brokers are a popular choice. The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins nominated America's football-playing colleges: "The big football schools should take all that ill-gotten Bowl Championship Series money, $14.3 million each, and send it to Phuket. Come on guys, feed the world."

Not one of these articles insisting upon enormous generosity by others has begun thusly: "While personally donating my own money to the relief effort, I had an idea ..." Too many liberals seem to believe charity should begin anywhere but from their own purse. Or as a smart man once defined liberalism as "where A meets with B to decide how much C will give to D."

Kind of reminds me of something that struck me deeply as a kid, long before I read Atlas Shrugged and got sucked into politics. I grew up in an east-coast suburb peopled with educated, left-wing professionals. In town was a huge charity organization that chose its division leader based on who donated the most each year.

For two years in a row, the leader of the "young physicians" division was a quiet, self-effacing Republican. Believe me, this man was of average means. He had a small bank account and, unlike his left-wing counterparts, a big heart.

I'm not endorsing huge charity-dispensing, least of all when you can't really afford it. Just thought that story was worth telling.

6 comments:

Adam Scavone said...

if john kerry was elected the tsunami never would have happened.

just kidding.

hey did you hear the joke about Kofi Annan finishing his SKI VACATION at Jackson Hole, Wyoming after the most massive loss of human life in a natural disaster ever? Oh, wait, it's not a joke.

Dan said...

Pierre E. Biscaye
Palisades, N.Y., Dec. 27, 2004
The writer is a special research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

...Isn't that a Columbia institution?!?! Why am I not surprised...

Clara said...

Ask Adam; he's the Greenie among us. Earth First, baby!

Clara said...

As for the Columbia guy's thesis -- that global warming caused the tsunami -- does he really believe that the gradual melting of ice caps causes random HUGE waves that kill 60,000 people? Oh -- and, what's the make of his car?

Adam Scavone said...

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory website:
http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/

I'll take that as a "yes," it is part of columbia..

Wow - that guy is a wingnut.

Well, I'm going to go find some stuff to recycle now..happy new year everybody!

marco said...

Recycle well, and happy new year.