After four days of silence, Bush announced $35 million in relief aid for the tsunami diaster. The Pfizer corporation has also pledged $35 million in cash and supplies. (src) Kind of embarrassing, isn't it?
Let's put some more perspective on this, shall we? That $85 billion Iraq spending bill had $66 billion set aside for military deployment (src) and the rest for reconstruction. I'm not sure if the $85 billion was supposed to cover the entire war or just the annual budget requirements. Since I don't know the answer, let's assume this money was supposed to be spread out over 5 years. If you do that math, that leaves $36 million EVERY DAY for military deployment. EVERY DAY FOR FIVE YEARS. And congress is bitching about how we'll pay for the $35 million in relief!
"After Hurricane Mitch in 1998, when about 9,000 people were killed and 3 million were left homeless in Central America, the United States provided $988 million in relief assistance."
You are also the person who pointed out to me that the $85 billion was an ANNUAL budget in addition to normal pentagon budgeting, and that about $200 billion have been appropriated and/or spent on Iraq so far.
the figures I see everwhere say 350, not 35, also sounds likely much more will be sent, but likely sure isn't surely link
you stripped my link - dick
Things change from Dec 30 to Jan 3rd. It is still dick compared to the war budget. And, I'm pretty sure you'll find they like to appropriate funds and then never spend them (see Iran's earthquake, see Iraq's reconstruction).