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Old 01-17-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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What do you think? I am for helping now, but how far do you think the US will go??
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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What do you think? I am for helping now, but how far do you think the US will go??
Who would you rather see doing? A communist or Mid Eastern country that hates us? Do you realize how close to our shores Haiti is? Since the U.N. was already involved in helping them before the earthquake, I presume they will be hang in there now with Clinton's and Bush Jr.'s help raising money.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Who would you rather see doing? A communist or Mid Eastern country that hates us? Do you realize how close to our shores Haiti is? Since the U.N. was already involved in helping them before the earthquake, I presume they will be hang in there now with Clinton's and Bush Jr.'s help raising money.

No, but I would expect that our country focus on our citizens first and use funds accordingly; learning to live within a budget instead of just printing more money whenever it is needed. The US already suffers high unemployment, high national debt, unfunded social security and medicare, etc.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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well thats why I asked do you think? I really did not give an opinion if we should.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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No, but I would expect that our country focus on our citizens first and use funds accordingly; learning to live within a budget instead of just printing more money whenever it is needed. The US already suffers high unemployment, high national debt, unfunded social security and medicare, etc.
Perhaps manufactoring products and materials to help rebuild Haiti will actually help our economy. Those aid contracts have to go somewhere.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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Perhaps they should simply use tents this time around. At least we know these poor people won't get screwed again by shoddy construction practices.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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well thats why I asked do you think? I really did not give an opinion if we should.
If you didn't already have an opinion formed and only wanted to know then you should have left the word "stuck" out of your OP question. That gives it a negative spin. 'Who is going to rebuild Haiti' instead of 'are we going to get stuck rebuilding Haiti' is a whole different tone and meaning.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Southcentral Kansas
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Perhaps manufactoring products and materials to help rebuild Haiti will actually help our economy. Those aid contracts have to go somewhere.
This must be a special day. I have found myself in agreement with you and chielgirl in a span of ten minutes. I assure I am not becoming a liberal but I do think this must be a special day. I wonder if it could be that 5 years ago today I was in a hospital room after suffering a heart attack the day before.

Someone is going to take the lead in recovery and rebuilding and who can do it best, other than the US. Afterall, we have had lots of practice and your suggestion makes a lot of sense for our economy.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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We're going to get stuck with it only if we accept the responsibility.

We shouldn't.

Deforestation in Haiti is a severe environmental problem. In 1923, over 60% of Haiti's land was forested; by 2006, less than 2% was. ...

Haiti’s Poverty is Directly Linked to Deforestation and Habitat Loss

The problem with Haiti is there's to many people living on to small plot of land.

In 1960 Haiti had a population of 3.87 million, 8.57 million in 2000 and 9.78 million in 2008.

What Haiti needs, and the earthquake is providing, is less people.

I have no moral responsibility toward the people of Haiti. The only people whose interests are served by giving $100 million to Haiti are politicians who run on the platform of mindless altruism.

So what are we going to do, feed them until their population is 20 million in 15 more years virtually guaranteeing they will always be dependent on foreign aid?

I do not want one dime of my money going to Haiti. It's corrupt beyond comprehension and most of the money will just end up in Swiss bank accounts. It is the way it has always been and will always be.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Perhaps manufactoring products and materials to help rebuild Haiti will actually help our economy. Those aid contracts have to go somewhere.
Good idea. Does the US still manufacture anything these days? Maybe that's why good ol generous China donated $5M?
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