Originally posted by a_greer
I didnt donate because it seemed like the only people that were effected were in New Orleans: that is all anyone outside of a few senators talks about: there were other states like Alabama and Mississippi hit just as hard, they just werent being run by as corrupt of polititions.
The race card was also played to an alarming extent: the media makes one think that the storm targeted "poor black people" and no one else, as if the storm knew the color of each buildings owner...
I was just afraid that with this as the mindset, the money would be horribly mis-allocated and unwisely used. We are all also donating something any way, $200 billion + in federal releife; you do know where the federal government gets that money...right...(for a clue,look at your paycheck stub)
You know what's the most fun part?
In private business, and also in private charity, if a business or relief organization fails to make a difference, other more capable people will get the contracts and the donations in the next crisis. Or the current crisis, if it's a long one.
If a government department fails, they more often than not cry being underfunded
to deal with the crisis and are immediately given more money to squander
. There might be one case in hundred where they really were underfunded and did not have their collective heads up their asses, but then there has to be a clear paper trail showing how they have recommended reasonable measures and asked for budget for such in advance. A lot to ask, huh? Let's contrast this to a private operation. You donate to a relief organization. Then they say they it's all gone, and there is absolutely no results because they are underfunded. Are you going to give them more?