Monday, April 6, 2009

Don't Spend It All In One Place.

The United States has pledged a whopping $50,000 to the relief efforts in Italy. Maybe we should have just sent some flowers.

Now, Italy is a wealthy country that can probably take care of itself. Nevertheless, to put it in perspective, $50,000 is the amount that Djibouti pledged to the United States for Katrina relief.

For its part, Italy pledged mainly supplies (which the U.S. let rot!) and boots-on-the-ground assistance after Katrina.

To bring it full circle, the Bush Administration was widely criticized for its pledge of $15-35 Million for tsunami relief. Admittedly, Thailand and Italy is an apples-to-oranges comparison. Still it will be interesting to see whether a similar controversy arises over the less-than-generous pledge.



  1. Ah yes. Yet another post wherein our intrepid blogger attempts to point out that the government is still the government. Film at 11.

  2. The sad thing is, Aaron, there are lunatics everywhere that think the government should be doing more and more stuff, when the government (being the government as you point out) can't even handle the simple stuff.