USA trails in giving to others
Just below is an interesting and important chart. Most Americans, I’m told, believe foreign aid to be a rather huge part of the national budget. And the President has often labeled US contributions to certain issues as the largest in the world.
In raw dollars, he may be correct. But it’s an apples and oranges comparison.
Say you were comparing the giving of two churches, both of which give a thousand dollars to world hunger. Is the giving the same? Depends on what’s left.
Suppose one church has five thousand members and an annual income of ten million dollars, while the other church has fifty members and an annual income of a hundred thousand dollars. The former gave one hundredth of one percent of its income; the latter gave a tenth. Both gifts may be commendable, but which is sacrificing for world hunger?
Likewise, it’s not very helpful to compare national giving of very large nations with that of small and medium-sized ones. So let’s look at foreign aid and military spending as percentages of gross domestic income. And we’ll see where nations’ hearts are in alleviating world suffering:
Now it may be worth making a raw dollar comparison of military spending among nations, for nations compete against other nations militarily, and so many dollars buys so many guns. For that, see the next post.
Tags: foreign+aid, national+giving, GDI, politics, hunger, world, aid, Monte Asbury
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