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Aaron N. Tubbs

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Well, it’s finally happened. The dollar has fallen so much that it is now impacting my dreams:

The dollar is at an all time low against the Euro, therefore it will be necessary for us to raise our price to $1,395.00 once our current inventory has been depleted. We have just 30 remaining that we can sell at the current price [$1,249.00].

It’s true, my dream prosumer home espresso machine and its Italian brew group is getting more expensive.

Ok, seriously though, according to this article, Bush is saying that America will spearhead the disaster relief effort for Asia. Forgive me for being skeptical, but America’s track record for providing foreign aid isn’t exactly stellar. Bush has pledged $35 million, with more to come “as damage assessments are completed.” Let me be the first on record to say that I wholeheartedly agree with Jan Egeland and his feeling that America “is stingy with foreign aide.”

Sorry to all of you folks who seem to think we’re generous, let’s play the numbers game. Let’s see, America gives $35 million after the worst natural tragedy in over a decade (there is a nice chart to remind you how infrequent these sorts of things are), in which as many as 100,000 people could die. Contrast the war in Iraq, supposedly brought about because of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 … even if we pretend the real reason was not to win daddy’s war and make some positive press … we’ve spent roughly $150 billion to kill roughly 15,000 civilians. Imagine if we hadn’t invaded Iraq, hadn’t killed five times the number of Americans as died on 9/11, and used just $1 billion to help out the devastated people across the world. I think it would make the world a better place.

Obviously all of these links are opinionated, but read between the lines — anybody still feel that we are being generous with our help for the devastated Asian nations and their people? Remember, we have a terrible, unforgivable, and obvious history of this sort of thing. Tired of the biased leftist radical sources on this? Well, then let’s just look at the facts, because they make all of the partisan arguments superfluous. For a developed nation, we’re about as stingy as it gets. Good job, Mr. Egeland, for calling us out and stating the truth.

If you have trouble getting to the red cross site, Amazon.com is also facilitating one-click donations to the red cross. That’s pretty neat.