Bogus Generosity

Polled Americans estimate that their government spends 15% of its budget on foreign aid. It actually spends less than 1%, the lowest of any industrial country and most of that is military, not economic aid. If every American gave up even one soft drink a month, that saving would be sufficient to double the aid to Saharan Africa. Yet Americans love to congratulate themselves on their astounding generosity.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)