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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

    • 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 first said $4M, IIRC. They announced funds as they secured them, as they come from different places. There was nothing remotely magical about it, it was merely a process, and there's nothing remotely bad about having such a process.

      As to Australia, half of that $1B AUD (about $750M US) is in interest-free loans, while Japan has said it will be in direct grants.

      So from government sources, the US might only be in the top five in total amount pledged, so far. However, the US will likely end up giving more than anyone else when you include private sources, which was part of the point: the US relies more on our citizenry than many of these other nations.