Skewed priorities |

Skewed priorities

I found the following news articles interesting:

Article 1, page one – headline in the Sacramento Bee; Dec. 31, 2004: “RELIEF SLOW” – “The president has already pledged $35 million in U.S. aid.”

Article 2, page one – headline in in the Bee; dated Jan. 1: “U.S. RAISES AID PLEDGE TENFOLD” – “The United States on Friday upped its tsunami relief aid tenfold to $350 million.”

Article 3, editorial page, “Our Views” in the Bee, Dec. 31, 2004: “SKEWED PRIORITIES” – “To tighten the federal budget, the Bush administration is cutting the U.S. contribution to charities that provide food aid by $100 million.”

Yes, I find it interesting the U.S. government is providing $350 million in food and humanitarian aid to foreign countries. And at the same time cutting aid to U.S. charities that provide food and humanitarian aid to Americans by $100 million.

Did I miss something? It appears that over 25 percent of U.S. food relief to tsunami victims comes right off the plates of the American poor.

Rk Slack

Penn Valley

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