Controversial: Helping people in foreign countries

United States
March 6, 2007 4:41pm CST
Basically, I'm going to get straight to the point. We are helping people in other countries (Russia, Iraq, Afgan, Africa, etc) but we can't seem to help ourselves right here in America. We have some one the same problems like poverty and homelessness but we can't seem to help that but yet we can go and spend billions on other countries. I'm not trying to be selfish, I know America is a Great country but someone has to fix the leaky faucet in your own home before you fix the hole in the roof in your neighbors home.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
6 Mar 07
I think people often feel more sympathy for people in foreign countries because they are ofter war-torn, suffering drought, going through a famine or similar. Well-off people in developed countries can understand how people are suffering in such countries but sometimes can't empathise with people who ar suffering in their own country. They often feel that it's self-inflicted etc. and that the poor / homeless have brought it on themselves. I do not agree with this idea, I feel that anyone in any part of the World deserves a decent minimum standard of life and help when they fall on hard times.
• United States
7 Mar 07
Very true, but back to what I had said. Should we take care of the leak faucet FIRST?