Any time I have criticized anything, any policy difference, or shown slightest dis-satisfaction of any kind with an issue, I have been asked:” why do you live in USA”?
LOVE IT,… or … LEAVE IT offers only two option, considering LOVE IT, LEAVE IT OR CHANGE IT? Worthy of a thought, considering our forefather’s?
There are better options where the public money is spent more wisely, from Northern Europe to Northern America and down under, but some of the pictures below might be the reason that I love this country.
Because of people who dedicated these chairs for others, people like John Muir, Sierra Club Founder….., Abraham Lincoln,…..……, Now Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, who raised the bar in magnitude of GOOD DEED, for the good of mankind…..
Because most people finish their jobs completely and quality is an issue for them. This is a finished strip road in my neighborhood.
… because of it’s colorful people.
Inside this small mosque at 11211 Central ave, Watts, a poor suburb of Los Angeles, where Khomeini’s picture was on the wall and its Imam claimed he has been studying in Qum, Iran among many other places.
He shared how this Mosque is active in the community, sometimes 100-120 people walk the neighborhood in groups of 4-5, inviting the gangs to peace …. and how it has played a major role in the now famous truce between Bloods and Creeps that made the news in early 2000’s.
Because many people are caring enough to leave a sign on what thye don’t need for others.
Annual letter from Billl Gates from his Linked in page:
How Much Do We Spend on Foreign Aid? Much Less Than You Might Think.
Melinda and I published our latest Annual Letter this week. It’s a bit of a departure for us. Unlike the past 5 letters, this one isn’t about the foundation’s work. Instead we decided to take on some of the myths—about poverty, overpopulation, and foreign aid—that are blocking progress for the poor.
For example, many people think that development aid is a large part of rich countries’ budgets, which would mean a lot can be saved by cutting back on it. When pollsters ask Americans what share of the budget goes to aid, the average response is “۲۵ percent.” When asked how much the government should spend, people tend to say “۱۰ percent.”
For the United States, the actual number is less than 1 percent.
One percent of the U.S. budget is about $30 billion a year. Of that, roughly $11 billion is spent on health: vaccines, bed nets, family planning, drugs to keep people with HIV alive, and so on. (The other $19 billion goes to things like building schools, roads, and irrigation systems.)
I don’t want to imply that $11 billion a year isn’t a lot of money. But to put it in perspective, it’s about $30 for every American. Imagine that the income tax form asked, “Can we use $30 of the taxes you’re already paying to protect 120 children from measles?” Would you check yes or no?
It also helps to look at the overall impact this spending has. To get a rough figure, I added up all the money spent by donors on health-related aid since 1980. Then I divided by the number of children’s deaths that have been prevented in that same time. It comes to less than $5,000 per child saved (and that doesn’t include the improvements in health that go beyond saving the lives of young children).
Five thousand dollars may sound expensive, but keep in mind that U.S. government agencies typically value the life of an American at several million dollars.
Also remember that healthy children do more than merely survive. They go to school and eventually work, and over time they make their countries more self-sufficient. This is why I say aid is such a bargain.
The U.S. government spends more than twice as much on farm subsidies as on health aid. It spends more than 60 times as much on the military. The next time someone tells you we can trim the budget by cutting aid, I hope you will ask whether it will come at the cost of more people dying.
In the letter, I take on two other myths:
- Poor countries are doomed to stay poor.
- Foreign aid is just a big waste.