Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Confused Conservatism

Yes, twenty years after the original, Live Aid is back. (And so, thank God, is Pink Floyd!) Those of us who grew up in the 80s remember Sally Struthers, Mother Theresa, Ethiopian jokes, and of course, the line "do they know it's Christmastime at all?"

Yes, dear friends, there is terrible poverty in the world. But I have to ask: after twenty years and untold billions of donations- from the governments of the world, businesses, & the private sector- I have to ask… where did all the money go? Did the people in need get any of it? Or are blind eyes turned to corrupt governments swallowing the donations up, as in the Oil for Food scandal? (You know, that thing where France & the other UN Nations were calling us Nazis & conquerors while they were taking kickbacks from Saddam so his people could suffer. I know- I know, it doesn't matter.)

I'm NOT saying there's anything wrong with charity, nor am I saying that we should ignore the problems of the world. But before the world cries out that the U.S. just isn't pouring out enough $, please just tell me- what happened to all the donations from the last 20 years?

TTFN
-Tony

4 comments:

isay (Marissa) said...

i am also wondering???....so many aids, crusades, summits....lots have said in the television and the internet the last few weeks, ....all blah blah blah blah or etc etc

Ian T. said...

Ah, The Floyd! Man, I thought that'd never happen!

Tony LaRocca said...

Pigs have flown, man, pigs have flown. Ah- they got so OLD! So many wasted years... so many crappy Waters-less albums like "Divison Bell" Sigh...

steve said...

One problem is that American's don't vacation there. Now if somehow the Bush cabinet and various CEO's of fortune 500 companies were forced to take week long sabbaticals to pleasant, safe, and idyllic deepest darkest Africa...you might see some real change over there real quick.
Sad, huh ?
:-(
P.S. glad Pink Floyd is back too !
:-)