[FoRK] What Americans Do...

Luis Villa luis.villa at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 11:23:46 PST 2005


I might add that I'm fairly embarrassed that this has degenerated into
a contest about who can give the most. Where was this 'generosity' in
Darfur?

Luis


On Thu, 06 Jan 2005 02:18:09 +0800, James Tauber <jtauber at jtauber.com> wrote:
> 
> Yes. A large part of me is thrilled, but it is a pretty big opportunity
> cost.
> 
> 
> James
> 
> On 6/1/05 1:48 AM, "damien morton" <fork at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
> 
> > I read today that Australia has pledged a US$760mil mix of grants and
> > loans (apparently 50-50 of each).
> >
> > http://news.newkerala.com/world-news/?action=fullnews&id=55646
> > http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=385809
> > http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/01/05/australia-aid050105.html
> > http://www.abc.net.au/ra/news/stories/s1277188.htm
> >
> >
> >> It just occurs to me that one advantage of private giving over government
> >> aid, beside efficiency, is that the opportunity cost is less likely to
> >> affect the poor.
> >>
> >> The money I've given so far will slow down my plans to build a house, but
> >> the money the Australian government has given so far is, I'm guessing, going
> >> to have to come out of government programmes for people more in need than
> >> the local building industry.
> >>
> >> Just a thought.
> >>
> >> James
> 
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