Tsunami Facts vs. Florida Hurricane Facts

Via Converger's diary at Daily Kos:

  • Number of deaths due to four Florida hurricanes in 2004: 117
  • Number of deaths due to Aceh earthquake and tsunami in 2004: 120,000+
  • Homeless due to Florida hurricanes: 11,000
  • Homeless due to Aceh earthquake/tsunami: 5,000,000
  • US government aid to help Florida hurricane victims: $2.04 billion
  • US government aid to help Aceh earthquake/tsunami victims: $35 million
  • Estimated cost of George Bush's upcoming inaguration celebration, not including security costs: $40 million
  • US government direct cost, per hour, of the US war in Iraq: $9 million

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    Re: Tsunami Facts vs. Florida Hurricane Facts (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Jan 01, 2005 at 09:13:24 AM EST
    Roy, following your logic, how much money did you give to Ken Lay after the collapse of Enron?
    See, the libs hate America first, why else would jlvngstn instinctively, in his analogy, equate the most generous nation in the world with a corrupt CEO. He probably believes along with Egeland that we citizens of the U.S. want to be taxed more. Our nation's economy represents a little less than 20% of the worlds econmy, but our gov't has pledged over 33% of the aid that the world has pledged. That doesn't even count what will come out of this country in private donations. Yet, there are those who are so quick to side with Europe against their own country. I guess that is why their side lost the election. [Ed. this commenter is limited to four comments a day. He's reached his limit already. Additional comments will be deleted.]

    Re: Tsunami Facts vs. Florida Hurricane Facts (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Jan 01, 2005 at 12:07:10 PM EST
    Piggy (I don't mean this as derogatory)--I believe that the administration has taken hits about the aid it pledged from all sides; other countries, the UN, the press, members of its own party, and us bloggers--whatever works. It was plain to me that Powell was everywhere on TV trying to mend the dam before it gave way. If your assessment of how the money was pledged is correct, why start out at 15M and then jump to 35M before any assessment had been made of the disaster--then they go to 350M? Sounds like sheer PR to me. You see the problem with our country, no matter who's in office, is that they aren't very good at planning ahead! I've got my pot of beans and ham cooking--have to eat this meal on New Years Day for luck, and the propellant to move forward!

    Re: Tsunami Facts vs. Florida Hurricane Facts (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 02, 2005 at 09:01:25 PM EST
    This earthquake is a remider that we are just a small part of what our earths natural behavoir is. The US are very stingy to be the richest country in the world and offer such little it tells you they are very very selfish you will see that the US will come down to earth if a disaster of this magnitude happened on their homeland and i hope it doesnt but they need to sit back and think about others.

    Re: Tsunami Facts vs. Florida Hurricane Facts (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Jan 03, 2005 at 09:51:00 AM EST
    $350 million. Costly military resources for supply logistics and distribution. Not to mention we will still be giving years after the pledges from other nations, some in the form of loans, has long run out. And don't even try to deny that if a Democrat President was giving as much or even less that you would all have so many rationalizations of your own why it is good enough and how good a job that Democrat administration is doing.

    Re: Tsunami Facts vs. Florida Hurricane Facts (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 11:22:16 AM EST
    Americans are not stingy, Yasser. It's easy to hone in on the amount that the government is pledging and overlook the fact that many average Americans will be donating millions through private fund-raising organizations. And let's not forget those Americans who will be participating through their houses of worship and their community schools.