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  • Look, when you give more than everyone else and people look at you and say you're being cheap, it's going to get you a little miffed.
    Well, yeah, but where are you getting your numbers? Since when is the US Gov't giving more than everyone else? Or more than anyone else?

    I haven't been keeping track, since the issue is pointless political posturing more than it is about actual aid and relief. As I remember it, the initial pledge from the US was $35M, when the other government aid packages were in the hundreds of millions; Japan's initial pledge was $500M.

    After about two weeks and a conference to figure out how much the relief is going to cost, Austrailia is promising close to $1B, and other nations are revising their pledges way, way up. This is around the time the $35M magically became $350M with more to follow.

    • Well, yeah, but where are you getting your numbers? Since when is the US Gov't giving more than everyone else? Or more than anyone else?

      Well, clearly the US is giving more than many countries, by any standard. Not sure why you're bothering with "anyone else." But you're missing the context, which was regarding American international aid overall, not just to this one tsunami disaster. That's what TorgoX's original quote was regarding.

      As I remember it, the initial pledge from the US was $35M

      No. They