Whiny Americans

30,000 dead in an earthquake in Asia. Last year, 200,000 dead in a tsunami in Asia.

If one were superstitious, one might begin to think that living in Asia is not a great idea. And who knows, perhaps all of this is happening for a reason. I wouldn’t begin to try and guess what it might be, except perhaps retribution by God. But if that were the case, I think the good old US would be deserving of a heaping helping as well.

However, that’s not why I bring it up.

How many people died in Katrina? Somewhere around 1,000? We’re going to spend 300 billion dollars repairing one city where 1,000 people died. We’re sending 50 million to Asia.

Now, I’d be the first person to say we should look out for ourselves before helping others, but lets be pragmatic for a moment. 300 billion dollars for a swampy toilet bowl of a city seems like a bad tradeoff for helping an entire COUNTRY, a country which could probably be rebuilt in its entirety for about 5 billion.

I’m disgusted with the way we blow things out of proportion in the US. We’re so incredibly spoiled that we will talk about a few hundred dead for months, and only talk about 200,000 dead for a few weeks. That seems ridiculous to me.

If we were not so deeply invested in our “oil assets” in the Middle East, we would have plenty of resources to bail out New Orleans AND give some real help to Asia. (i.e. build some buildings to actual earthquake codes, install a fricking alarm system so people can evacuate)

We are so whiny, and it seems especially so concerning New Orleans. When one chooses to live in between an ocean, a major delta, and a huge lake, water is bound to be a problem at some point. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else! It’s not the fault or the responsibility of anyone else in the US to fix it for you.

Am I saying we shouldn’t help the people in New Orleans? Of course not. We should feed them, clothe them, and give them space in a shelter until they can figure out what they’re going to do. What we shouldn’t do is give them a brand new house in the same stupid location that just got wiped out. Most of the people affected by Katrina were poor. Most people would say that means they need EXTRA help. To me, it means they already didn’t have anything, and now they still don’t have anything. If they lost a 10,000$ house, we certainly shouldn’t spend 100,000$ on a new one for them.

That’s just outright communism.

  13 comments for “Whiny Americans

  1. October 10, 2005 at 10:45 am

    I agree with you. I think that if they had nothing to begin with and now they want something because their nothing was washed away in Katrina, they deserve to have nothing given back to them. I personally think that if all they are providing in exchange for their contribution of looting and pilliaging their own neighborhoods, Well we should let them know that in polite society that is unacceptable and they will now be forced to find a real job, hopefull in the septic tank cleaning business. Or maybe a ditch digger! If there would have been more ditches, maybe the flooging would have been controled better.

  2. October 10, 2005 at 10:57 am

    You had me until the communism comment. Surely you can’t be that ignorant about what real communism is? Not the US’s version, but real communism? In the first place…there would be NO $100,000 house. Period. In fact…wait a sec…this is gonna give me a derogatory label again isn’t it. Shit…never mind, good post.

  3. October 10, 2005 at 11:06 am

    Nah, speak your mind. You already got the derogatory label…

  4. October 10, 2005 at 11:06 am

    I meant communism in the sense that we’re taking from people with stuff, and giving it to people that don’t have stuff.

    Yes, that’s what communism is, in a nutshell.

  5. October 10, 2005 at 11:11 am

    I mean, really, why should we care about 1,000 dead welfare recipients anyway?

  6. October 10, 2005 at 11:13 am

    Exactly!

  7. Rik
    October 10, 2005 at 12:58 pm

    *looks to see if the clouds are coming*

  8. October 10, 2005 at 1:35 pm

    Um, WOW.

    While I agree in parts, I have to say that I’m disappointed that you choose to be more angry toward the people on government assistance and not the government itself for fostering a system that allows people to receive money indefinitely, with no incentive to do anything else. In my marxist opinion, that’s where your anger should be. Why are you pissed that people who receive money for nothing continue to do so? If no one’s forcing them to do anything else, why would they? I am not saying it’s right for them to be deadbeats and to do nothing with their lives or the opportunities that exist for them in this country, but it is what it is, and until changes are made to the system that created these people, nothing’s going to happen.

  9. October 10, 2005 at 2:09 pm

    Dude. You better change that back. I fucking hate liberals. thankyouverymuch

  10. October 10, 2005 at 3:27 pm

    There is no pleasing you, Mental…

    Andria, I agree with you completely that the problem is the f-ed up system, which is perpetuated by 2 sets of government officials: people that represent poor welfare districts, and liberals.

  11. October 10, 2005 at 6:04 pm

    Hmmm…I don’t know that you’re completely right about that one, Incredipete, but I’ll agree to disagree.

    And, I am with Mental. Liberal isn’t any better than marxist (which I never thought I’d say). I prefer “incredibly witty and clever, free-thinking, brilliant and gorgeous individual.” Yeah, that has a nicer ring to it than ‘liberal’.

  12. Your Incredibly Adorable Little Sister
    October 10, 2005 at 10:51 pm

    I’m a communist. I don’t appreciate you throwing around that term without praising its attributes, brother.

    Commie love.

  13. October 11, 2005 at 9:17 am

    Communism would totally work if it wasn’t for the people.

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