This report quotes a report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and The Hudson Institute saying that the U. S. private sector, overall, gives 15 times as much as the European Union and more than the U. S. government. In addition, the large immigrant population in the U. S. sends back 40.1 billion dollars annually to foreign countries.
This is a whole lot more than loudmouth penny ante programs like Live 8 and Make Poverty History are claiming that we give. The totals are mind boggling: Church collections, philanthropists and company-giving amounted to 22 billion dollars, American churches, synagogues and mosques alone gave 7.5 billion dollars in 2003, more than the totals of the governments of either France or Britain. The study found that 6.2 billion dollars a year is donated by independent US organisations, $2.7 billion by US companies and $2.3 billion by US universities and colleges, mainly through scholarships, to reach an overall private US donations total of 22 billion dollars.
Add that $22 billion to the government's estimated $16.3 billion plus the remittances of $40.1 billion and we arrive at a total of 78.4 billion dollars in Aid to Africa. Wow. One wonders where it all goes.
Well, not really. Africa is full of tin pot dictators from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, waging war on one another and their own people, marrying 10-20-30 or more times and spending millions on every wedding, maintaining palaces, fleets of cars, armies of servants, well equipped armies, paying for shopping sprees to Paris, chopping off hands and arms of children, forcing young girls into sexual slavery and buying modern weapons to carry on the fight against whomever for whatever reason. All of this while begging for money, debt relief, AIDS medicines and accusing America of responsibility for Africa's problems because of slavery which we abolished in 1864.
I don't understand how the Portuguese skate out of this all the time. 35% of all the slaves taken out of Africa by the Western route between 1492 and 1992 (that's right, folks, 1992) went to Brazil. Only 8% of the total went to America and for most of that time America was British, French and Spanish colonies, not The United States.
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