The Corner

America Stingy?

It’s a lie. Americans are the most generous people on earth. But Americans prefer to give privately – through charities, NGOs, religious groups, corporate and private philanthropies and foundations.

We’d rather not pay higher taxes and trust some government official or UN bureaucrat to spend our donations properly. We especially should not want to trust UN bureaucrats – knowing what we now know about such programs as Oil for Food.

A useful piece on this, by Carol Adelman, is here.

And by the way: When a natural disaster strikes as it did in Asia this week, does the UN have planning in place for a rapid response, to bring teams in from around the world, to coordinate efforts, to do anything?

Or is their only response to hold a press conference and to snipe at Americans?

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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