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December 31, 2004

The Speech He Ought to Give (by guest blogger Dorian Davis)

“If, actually, the foreign assistance of many countries now is 0.1 or 0.2 percent of the gross national income, I think that is stingy, really. I don’t think that is very generous.”
Jan Egeland, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief

Bush oughta hit back hard:

“How much have you contributed, Jan Egeland? How many executives in your office pledged a percentage of their annual incomes to help the tsunami victims? The fact is, America composes five percent of the world’s population and fifty percent of its foreign aid. We are home of the United Nations. In fact, that parking space you have is paid for by a guy in Idaho who works in a factory all day and misses his son’s baseball games so he can put food on the table and pay his taxes like a good American. He pays for your parking tickets too. He pays for people like you to come here and advance freedom. And he doesn’t complain about it. Because he doesn’t mind. He is American. And here in America, Jan Egeland, we don’t criticize people who stick their necks out for us. We say thank-you.”

Of course, it is a White House marked by caution and grace. That speech would not be given by President Bush. It would be “defensive.” It would be “unpresidential.”

It would be wonderful.

Posted by Dorian at 02:23 PM |
Comments

“The United States will provide $350 million in aid for victims of Asia’s devastating tsunami, a government official said on Friday.”
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Posted by: TOMO at December 31, 2004 at 3:23 pm

The Euro-elite are just cheap, arrogant loudmouths.

Posted by: d-rod at December 31, 2004 at 3:54 pm

Pledging and actually giving aid are two different kettles of fish.
Iran found that out last year. US pledges a fortune and delivers practically NONE of it.
How much money have you spent killing 100,000 iraqis, devastating fallujah and committing war crimes? a damn sight more than 350 $million.
See the neocons are in fantasy land again. la plus ca change

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 1, 2005 at 4:13 am

And another thing. You’re contributions tend to be largest in terms of amounts of money. Though Japan has pledged half a billion as of 2 hours ago according to CNN.
In terms of Donations/Aid as a percentage of GDP the US consistently ranks near the bottom. Most foreign aid budgets need to be dragged kicking and screaming through congress.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 1, 2005 at 8:02 am

Wow, this Nick Saunders guy sounds like a bigger idiot than Clare Short.
Happy New Years!

Posted by: d-rod at January 1, 2005 at 2:52 pm

the us is one of 22 countries that committed to funding aid to developing nations to the tune of 0.7% of gnp back in 2000. the us is ONE of SEVENTEEN nations not meeting that commitment.
several of those nations are european nations, so when egeland said that rich nations aren’t donating what they should he was referring to several countries. one of which was the us. many of which were european.
if you extracted your heads from your odd choice of hiding place, perhaps you might see that.
your speech suggestion is pathetic.

Posted by: kevin lyda at January 1, 2005 at 5:05 pm

Seeing as how loadsa you love the bible and christianity you are very forgetful.
Mark 12:41-44 makes describes the scene where Jesus observes the giving of charity. Observes many wealthy people making a show of giving money. Then sees the poor widow “who threw in two mites, which make a farthing”
According to Jesus the woman gave far more than the wealthy as she gave all she could.
Jan Egeland is spot on. If you believe the bible then surely we are the wealthy people giving a small proportion (percentage of GNP) and making a great show of it ala colin powell on CNN.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 2, 2005 at 7:14 am

Nick Saunders translated: “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I hate conservatives! They were the cool kids who wouldn’t play D&D with me! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted by: Radical Redneck at January 2, 2005 at 10:00 am

D&D would be what in moron radical redkneck terms?
I used to be conservative until i developed both a conscience and a brain. something you lack. Any comment to make regarding any points put across?
No didnt think so its too inconvenient for you to actually acknowledge a point. not surprising as i doubt you have the capability.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 2, 2005 at 10:55 am

According to http://www.bea.gov/bea/dn/home/gdp.htm
The US GDP in 2003 was $11,004.0 per person current.
According to http://www.photius.com/rankings/gdp_2003_0.html the top 10 rankings are.
1 United States $ 10,400,000,000,000
2 China $ 5,700,000,000,000
3 Japan $ 3,550,000,000,000
4 India $ 2,660,000,000,000
5 Germany $ 2,184,000,000,000
6 France $ 1,540,000,000,000
7 United Kingdom $ 1,520,000,000,000
8 Italy $ 1,438,000,000,000
9 Russia $ 1,350,000,000,000
10 Brazil $ 1,340,000,000,000
Foreign Aid for the USA in 2003 was a total of $9,339 million. 2004 it was $8,153 million. Drawn from site named below.
According to http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/trade/files/98-916.pdf
The 0.2% of U.S. gross national product represented by foreign aid
obligations the past two years, however, is among the smallest amounts in the last
half-century. The United States is the largest international economic aid donor in
dollar terms but is the smallest contributor among the major donor governments
when calculated as a percent of gross national income.
Defense spending. 19.6% of the budget. Foreign aid 0.9%. Will have european figures later.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 2, 2005 at 11:14 am

This may appear below a post listing top 10 nations by GDP etc. Below is the ranking of nations aid amount as percentage of GDP. Note figures are as up to date as I can find.
Nation: GDP Rank: Aid Rank$: Aid Rank %:
Qatar 108 12 1
Sweden 33 4 2
Japan 3 1 3
Spain 14 5 4
UK 7 3 5
Portugal 40 11 =
Australia 16 8 7
Canada 12 7 =
Saudi 30 12 9
France 6 6 =
USA 1 2 11
Netherlands 19 10 =
Italy 8 9 13
Germany cannot find a figure for aid contribution.
World Bank pledged $250 million dollars. EU excluding individual member pledges $44 million.
Dorian should Bush include this in his ideal speech? USA 3rd from bottom? Qatar 107 places below it in GDP is top?

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 2, 2005 at 1:11 pm

That didnt appear as was supposed to but guess you’ll figure it out.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 2, 2005 at 1:12 pm

We don’t care about your stupid Euro-stats. We and the Auzzies are busy saving lives and dropping food while your people are arranging more meetings. Get a clue.

Posted by: d-rod at January 2, 2005 at 2:42 pm

The United States does not “owe” any country financial assistance. We do it for investment purposes, for long-term alliance, out of human decency, and out of the kindess of our hearts.

Posted by: Dorian at January 2, 2005 at 3:07 pm

N(d)ick(head),
This isn’t a fucking contest. If it was we would win, bug, like always. If this Eurotrash you love so much is soooooooooooooo enlightened and progressive why don’t you go there. They’ll let you marry your boyfriend. And you can have a big fudge cake at the wedding!
Just think, you can have your fudge and pack it too.

Posted by: Radical Redneck at January 2, 2005 at 5:34 pm

Radical Redneck.
N(d)ick (head). OH the originality. I am stunned by your pithy comment and your articulative wit!!!
As you are a racist homophobic prick i know grasping a concept is hard for you. Perhaps you should bring out your KKK uniform and go back to what I am sure you love lynching people for such crimes as being black or gay. Better yet join the US army and go to iraq. Sure there are thousands of iraqis just waiting for more american torture and abuse from you and others of a similar ilk.
Dorian. No where did I say the US owes anyone anything. You made a post complaining about Jan Egeland’s totally fair comment that ALL the major industrialsied nations are stingy. We are. 0.4% of UKs GDP goes on foreign aid. Netherlands 1.2%. It’s embarrassing. You went on to detail how generous and selfless America is. Yet when pointed out to you that Egeland was right ad that if you scratch the surface the generosity you harped on about is crap. the US is one of the most tight fisted countries in the world. 5% of population? yes. 50% of aid? may well be. What you don’t mention is the 25% of the pollution you cause. For a guy who supposedly is knowledgeable of history you display an alarming tendency of ignoring opposing facts when they don’t conform to your own P.O.V. Radical Redneck that means point of view.
Lastly the stats posted above were taken from AMERICAN sites and news outlets. CNN, CNN.com, Yahoo.com and http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/trade/files/98-916.pdf

Posted by: Nick Saunders at January 3, 2005 at 2:25 am

“The fact is, America composes five percent of the world’s population and fifty percent of its foreign aid.”
This is a false statement. Check your fact better.
Japan beat the USA a few years ago as the top giver of Foreign Aid. Japan hasn’t been far behind in other years. How can America be giving 50% of the worlds foreign aid when we didn’t even beat one country, Japan? Combine the totals of all the other nations giving aid with Japan and it’s not even close to 50%.

Posted by: PAUL at January 4, 2005 at 3:08 am

The US thinks a few helicopters will look good on world news. It doesn’t. A few helicopters can not deliver aid to the 1million Sri Lankans alone, and that doesnt consider Indians, Indonesians, Malaysians and Thais who need aid.
The US also very kindly gave them DRIED food. But forgot to include the clean water and cooking fuels needed to use it. I bet not many Americans would fancy eating powder.
The GDP is great, it shows US as % GDP should give about 3* Japan. Or $1,500 million.
Strictly speaking I am not sure US causes 25% of the pollution. It personally uses 25% of the world’s energy consumption DIRECTLY. But it is also a NET importer of goods. ie Other countries use energy to supply US with goods. The US true relfection of world energy usage is probably closer to 40%.

Posted by: Monjo at January 4, 2005 at 5:00 am
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