Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Americans came under fire, both from foreign governments as well as left leaning citizens, shortly after the Southeast Asian Tsunami last year, and now the question raises itself again in our actions on African aid. Doug Allen at Catallarchy examines some of the real issues at hand here.

The question that dissenters need to be asking is not why the U.S. government gives so little, but rather why individual Americans give so little (in fact, of course, neither the government nor individual's contributions can be described as little; rather, the U.S. gives quite a bit). If foreign countries "need" aid, then it doesn't fall to a government to extort the funds out of its people; people in America are able to decide how much aid is needed themselves. Federal charity is always extortion and theft, and should not be tolerated.


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