I’m making several points in this blog as you will no doubt notice. It’s all about money and what is being done recklessly or foolishly. And where it could be used wisely for the good of many, many individuals who are desperate at this time in their lives. Also what certain individuals have said about the recent tragedy in Haiti.
First. A pretty penny. President Obama said Tuesday night it would cost $30 billion this fiscal year -- or about $1 million per soldier -- to send 30,000 additional troops there. That's a low estimate, budget experts say, but let's run with it for the moment. An extra $30 billion in Afghanistan means that in 2010 alone, US military spending in Afghanistan will equal nearly half of total spending on the war since 2001, according to Travis Sharp, military policy analyst with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington. The troop increase will cost $2.5 billion per month, $82 million per day, $3.4 million per hour, $57,000 per minute, and $951 per second. Just to find and destroy Osama Bin Laden and his terrorists? Why doesn’t the American government and it’s allies make peace with Bin Laden and hire this terrorist group to fight the Cartels smuggling drugs instead? What a foolish thought. Why not? They have shown a pretty good average at subterfuge and evasion. Use the funds supporting the A.T.F. Agency for a more productive and humane purpose.
Do you think that kind of money could help rebuild the destroyed infrastructure for the Haitian's? Help build new hospitals? Rebuild water, electrical and communications systems for them? It’s about time “we humans” took care of “We Humans”. The American government has promised $100,000,000 for relief aid to Haiti. Check it out. That’s slightly more than 1 days cost for the Afghanistan war. Canada has so far garnered that exact same amount of relief funding and it has 10% the population of the United States. It seems to me that war is more important than human life and suffering. Am I upset? You bet. Am I deeply concerned? You’re damn right.
Second. Let’s go back about 4 years ago and see what has happened in the rebuilding of New Orleans since Katrina of August 9th, 2005. New Orleans still has more than 62,000 blighted and vacant houses and apartment buildings. Rents have leveled off, but they remain 40 percent higher than they were before the storm. People worry about what kind of good, long-term jobs there will be to replace recovery-related jobs when those disappear. In the past eight months, a number of Obama administration officials have visited New Orleans and Mississippi, and they have found ways to help — for example, by accelerating the pace of repairs and by finding homes for families still living in trailers. But next year’s five-year anniversary represents, for many, the midpoint in a 10-year recovery. President Obama’s biggest challenge is to work effectively with Louisiana officials and the next mayor of New Orleans to generate enough progress before next August to show that the city is truly reinventing itself, rather than simply returning to a suboptimal normal. Another 6 years for recovery? Oh Lord. What is wrong with this situation? It’s called “Red-Tape”. It’s called “Bureaucratic Irresponsibility”. It’s called “Congressional Hypocrisy”.
Why, oh why can’t we all get along? Why do we have so many other unimportant itineraries to take of first and foremost? Or do we? Every country has to pitch in whatever the occurrence. Not just when a disaster takes place. Haiti will never be the same. Did you hear what Christian Evangelist Pat Robertson had to say about the Haitian's? I quote: "They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.' True story. And so the devil said, 'Ok it’s a deal.' And they kicked the French out. The Haitian's revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another." And about Mr. Rush Limbaugh? I quote the Stamford Advocate. “Not only did Mr. Limbaugh rail against sending aid to Haiti, the only real use he had for the Biblically proportioned anguish was to package it as yet another piece of ammo to fire at President Obama. The president, Limbaugh said, "could not wait to get out there" to exploit the tragedy with his show of compassion and to boost his standing with the "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country." The only words that could adequately describe Rush and his comments are ones I can't type here.
Enough for one blog.