Re: some U.S. observations and notes

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 11:11:29 MST

Kai Becker wrote:
> Non-member submission from [Kai Becker <>]
> Am Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2001 16:32 schrieb Mike Lorrey:
> > Israel Afghanistan Egypt
> > %/capita GDP supplied by aid: <0.85% >1.5% <0.66%
> >
> > So it seems that the US was providing almost twice as much aid to the
> > Afghan people as to the people of Israel
> Wrong. There's no debate that Israel is richer than Afghanistan (5.25 times
> the GDP with only on forth (27%) of the people, 23 times the GDP per
> person). You still haven't answered, why a country 5 times wealthier
> receives 11.8 times more develepoment aid per person. Why give much more
> money to the rich?

And you are being hopelessly regressive in your thinking. You fail to
factor in disparate costs of living, which makes your numbers entirely
USELESS. I first recognise that the two countries have disparate
standards of living, and also highly disparate costs of living. Because
of this, a dollar of aid to a person in Afghanistan is worth much more
than a dollar of aid to a person in Israel.

Refusing to do this makes me wonder why lefties like you don't apply the
same standard to things like taxation......

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