The rebuilding efforts of Haiti will be massive and will take "years".
LINKOriginally Posted by MSNBC
Yes we could, but can we really? Let's play this out. We're in a deep recession. Our government has now been spending money faster than ever and has committed 4 Trillion dollars in various forms in the past year. The US is still in two active Middle East occupations. We're printing money without much backing and we're in hock to China up to our ears and it's getting worse not better.
While International attention to Haiti right now is key and the devesationin Haiti is only now starting to be realized, how can the United States in our current economic condition pledge money we do not have to rebuild? We're not going to rebuild their dirt floor hovels with rusted tin roofs either. Not only that, an entire infrastructure of business has to be rebuilt; telecommunications, networks, roads, electricity, water systems, I mean the whole thing has to be done from the ground up.
My view here is we American's can't afford it, and while we'd like to just run up our debt to rebuild Haiti over the next 4-5 years and pledge hundreds of millions of dollars maybe billions of dollars (these people have to eat, have clean water, get medical care, get an education while the rebuilding is going on), I think it should be up to the American people, directly, to pledge money for Haiti. Not the government putting our country in deeper debt, but individuals who have the means to help can. How? One way is the IRS tax forms we get each and every year, a direct withdraw of money from an account of any amount of dollars can be submitted. That money goes directly to a management fund which spends the money for Haiti. Those who do not have the means or wish not to or already have donated, can opt out. Our government shouldn't spend the money, but we the people should if we can. And those American people will need to pledge often and for years to come.