Quote from chase4myheart
I can understand what you are saying, but I would like to know how our government can spend millions sending it overseas in relief aid while we have people living in cardboard boxes in the US. IMO charity begins at home. We need to clean up our own mess that we have here and then donate what we have left to others. I also think that all of the perks that our politicians get for political lunches, business meetings, and that hefty salary that they get each year should be donated to help the homeless. I also think that it should be a requirement for every political leader, including our president, to have to live for one year on what a middle-class citizen grosses. Personally, I think that they would cave within the first week, but it would sure give them a better understanding of what our country needs. Please don't take this wrong. I think that it should be true for all political parties. Our country is in trouble and we need people in control who understand how the real world lives.
Is it really so black and white? The US actually sends less aid than many other countires far poorer than we are to countries in distress. I don't remember specifics, but I have read examples like for the Tsunami... Hopefully someone can tell me I am full of crap, and I will take back this thought. :trout:
It's a matter of not behaving as isolationists, and the fact is aid overseas is a necessity for world stability. We don't have a true social network in this country because we don't want to be labeled as socialists. We do better than some, worse than others. Human disease, suffering, mental illness are difficult problems that aren't always solved by just throwing gobs of money at it....sometimes it's in the attitude of the people towards others too.
Many times there are complicated issues involved, such as drug addiction and substance abuse. Additionally, as a country, if we want a strong social network that makes a civilized socieity, we have to stop ******** about taxes
. Yes, it involves more than just $$$, but can't have something for nothing.
Many politicians don't make a salary near what an executive in the private sector makes, and they have far more responsibility often times (for ex. the president makes, what, $250,000 per year with benefits?).
Who really likes paying taxes? On the flip side, who likes homeless drug addicts sleeping on their streets with who knows what disease? In this country, we have a "sink or swim" attitude. Unfortunately, there are just going to be people who cannot swim for whatever reasons. Do we feed them to the sharks?
JMHO of course