When the news was covered with H1N1 vaccine shortages across the country, and Sebelius announced that she intended to send 10% of America’s H1N1 vaccine to developing countries, I was shocked. And angry. Granted, she eventually backed down and agreed to vaccinate at-risk Americans first (big of her), and of course, that became the subject of attack. “America first”?! Who do they think they are. Well, we think we’re the ones with the vaccine, and we think, excuse us, that our children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems should get the vaccine before we start sending it around the world. Aren’t we evil. And selfish. And greedy. And isn’t that just what is wrong with America. Yeah, okay, but to my mind, her (and of course BO’s) first impulse is exactly what is wrong with this administration.
The idea that we should donate our resources before we’ve covered our own needs is simply absurd. There’s a reason adults are told to put their oxygen masks on themselves before they assist their children. A parent’s, or really any adult’s, first impulse is to help and protect children, those who cannot yet do for themselves. But the fact is that if the adult’s lack of oxygen means that they lose consciousness, then both the adult and the child will be harmed, possibly die. There is no question of “who deserves it more” or of who is “better,” it’s simply common sense. This is not, of course, to say that developing nations are children or even child-like, but they do and long have looked to the United States for aid. And we are happy to provide it. But to do so at our own expense helps no one. Indeed, it weakens us and makes us less able to provide aid. D’oh!
And this has broader implications, of course, for all the bile that is spewed America’s way, the bottom line is that we provide a great deal of aid to foreign nations. Gladly. What I don’t understand is why it’s never enough. The world somehow feels that we “owe” them, and that’s just ridiculous. It’s the same thing as the libs getting their panties in a twist that people on Wall Street make so much money (people in Hollywood and other “liberal” industries are exempt from this lots of money makes you greedy and evil personified policy); they think, somehow, that they deserve it more. They didn’t work for it, didn’t earn, didn’t do a thing to contribute to the success, but they somehow imagine that because it exists and it’s not in their pocket that they are being “cheated.” It’s really insane. And it really makes me. mad. What I have is mine, period. If I want to give it to others, thenI will do so. That is charity. If you demand it as your right, that’s absurdity. If I’m walking down the street, and I see someone in a shiny new Jaguar, I don’t think to myself, that’s nice, I think I’d like to have it. No, wait, I have a right to it . . because, um, uh, I don’t make enough money to buy my own . . . or, ooooh! I’m a human being and so are you, so I’m just as worthy as you are. I want your car. Gimmeeeeee!!!!! (of course, it’s more like sell your beautiful car, buy me a rickety old bicycle . . . just because, and then send half the remaining money to DC and get yourself a nice used car.)
Anyway, until we’ve destroyed our economy, hobbled our ability to make the innovations in science, technology, and medicine that have helped us become a world leader (well, for now, BO’s working his disgusting traitorous arse off to change that), the people around the world will have their hand out, demanding more. And more. And more. Our economy is a disaster, our unemployment rate is sky high, our currency is barely worth the paper it’s printed on, and we’re piling up massive amounts of debt as we engage in increasingly increasing deficit spending (BO has already heard from China that he needs to reduce the deficit, and apparently, he’s heard it again because now he’s proposing to put some TARP money to the deficit. Only some, though. He’s listening to China a little . . . because he has to. China he’ll hear, but it’s obvious he’s not going to listen to the American people).
BO’s plans to reduce American wealth by spreading it around the world is only going to ensure that we aren’t there, that we cannot be there, when people around the world need our aid and support. It’s really nothing more than a global version of what he’s trying to do here in America: take from the rich and give to the poor. As good as that sounds in theory, the fact is that dragging people down does not pull others up. It simply impoverishes everyone. Glenn Beck the other night gave an example that resonates: if you have two sons, and one is successful and the other isn’t, and you take from the successful son and give to the unsuccessful son, you eventually kill ambition and motivation. In both. The one making the money gets less of his own earnings and therefore a lower standard of living, and the one who does nothing won’t get enough to able to live well. Furthermore, the one who is working his butt off to get ahead will look around and wonder why the hell he’s doing it, and the one who is getting handed everything will sit on his butt because he knows there is no need to do anything. Way to encourage ambition, way to motivate, way to reward the do nothings and penalize the do everythings.
We’ve got a large homeless population right here in America, we have HIV/AIDs patients right here at home who can’t afford their medicine, and we have millions of people who have no job and no prospects of a job. 1 in 50 children in America are homeless (and that was back in March, imagine what it must be by now), and veterans make up just 12.7% of the general population but are 23% of America’s homeless population (the Boston Globe says up to 25%) This should not be.
Let’s do something for our own people, that will make us stronger and more able to help others. BO would do well to remember that “charity begins at home.” It doesn’t have to end at home, and it never has for America–we give freely (many say too freely) and often (many say too often)–heck, we borrow money to turn around and give it to someone else whose need is greater. But there is a limit. There has to be. If we fail, we cannot help, support, or protect others. It’s really just that simple.