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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Aid Grows Amid President's Absence

Aid Grows Amid Remarks About President's Absence (washingtonpost.com): "Among the world's two dozen wealthiest countries, the United States often is among the lowest in donors per capita for official development assistance worldwide, even though the totals are larger. According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development of 30 wealthy nations, the United States gives the least -- at 0.14 percent of its gross national product..."
As my good friend Chase has discussed the role of our fearless leader, I will only observe that we seem to be a poor excuse for a friend and neighbor. I think more is required and more would be in our best interest. The only way to continue to grow our economy and secure our future is to secure the future and grow the economy of the rest of the world. There is little we can do that would be more effective than working to increase the wealth of the rest of the world. In doing so, we will have more opportunities for our own wealth production. Even without this perspective, there is a moral imperative to assist. We would expect it of our wealthy neighbors, and they should expect it of us. Finally, an observation for those interested in a theocracy: if we are interested in a Bible-based government, I believe the Bible would argue for a 10% tithe to others; not 0.14%. But perhaps there is a multiplicity in the interpretation of this text.

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