Originally Posted by savafan
Not that helping those in need from the tsunami disaster isn't a good thing, but...
We have millions of people here in the United States who have no homes, no healthcare, no jobs, not enough food or income. There are people living on the streets in every major metropolitan city around this country and we do nothing to help them. There are people in need right in our own neighborhoods, our own citizens, and we send our money across the world without ever taking a look outside at those who need help.
I have just a little different take on that. See, i was homeless. for quite some time too. i lived in a park, outside a school (it was summertime so no, i'm not a perv hanging around schoolkids) I slept in a brokedown toyota truck. a really small truck. in the winter.
Some people genuinely become homeless due to unforseen trgedies. Some like me because i was to damn stupid to realize the world wasn't going to baby me. Others have mental health issues. I have no sympathy for the ones there due to alcohol.
no healthcare, no jobs, not enough food or income.
Until recently, I went 11 years without insurance. Until about 5 years ago, my salary topped out at $32,000 a year. I have a wife that at the time was not working and 3 kids. They have never gone without medical care. It seems the emergency room will take you regardless of insurance.
When I lived in Cincinnati, it was in Lower Price Hill, around 8th and State. yeah, not exactly the best neighborhood. In this country a person can pull him/herself out of anything. If one job won't do, take two. Currently I am a fulltime webmaster, a part time master control operator for a CBS affilliate, and I run my own web design company. I also help my wife with her web based business. On top of that, I make sure to spend at least an hour with each of my kids per day after 5:00. That's with them doing what they want.
I have the luxury of this because I live in the United States.
I don't recall all the aid sent here after Hurricane Andrew. The reason for that is we didn't need it. India, Sri Lanka, Thailand. not a superpower one, and a poverty level that would truly astonish everyone on this board.
People whose lives have been destroyed by an act of nature, when their lives were not even close to a level we could understand are worthy of our help and time.
Homeless because work is hard, or you gambled away the mortgage? i could care less.