Should we treat Katrina's victims like the victims of the tsunami?
I think the American Red Cross should consider itself lucky. Certainly, millions of dollars have been raised to assist in the relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
However, I wonder if our heartstrings have been somewhat manipulated.
I think that in light of the tsunami disaster last year, my dollars to the Red Cross to help tsunami victims would have been appropriate. The tsunami victims were not in the United States; our government was not obligated to help them.
I pay taxes to my U.S. Government. I would like to know that at a very minimum, my government will value my life as much as it does my tax dollars, and will toss me a bottle of water and some food if I need it and am in a disaster zone on U.S. soil. Is it fair that Americans should rely on the American Red Cross, which is a private agency, and not on their government to which they pay tax dollars, in times of national crisis? Should the burden of relief efforts fall on so many faith-based organizations and the American Red Cross?