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Jan. 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

On January 12, 2010 a massive Earthquake struck Haiti. So far upwards of 50,000 people are feared dead.

Here is the article about it in the NY Times:


What do you think can be done in the future to prevent this type of tragedy from occurring, and what do you think can be done now to help the nation?

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thetruth replied...
Jan. 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

The earthquake that hit Haiti was a terrible natural disaster that sadly has a tragic ending for many people. There is nothing we can do to prevent this from happening again, because natural disasters are, by definition, natural phenomena. No matter how much money that is invested in research, there is no possible way to stop the forces of nature.

Before we ask ourselves what can be done to help, we all need to sit back and ask what happened to the help we have already given Haiti? During his administration, Bill Clinton gave $3 billion to the decaying nation, knowing full well the government was well beyond corrupt. He gave $3 billion dollars that could have helped here at home, or even better that could have never left the checks of taxpayers. He gave $3 billion of OUR money, to a corrupt government. What happened to it?

The first thing we can do to help Haiti is to immediately deport every single Haitian living illegally in this country. The Obama administration foolishly granted these illegal immigrants Temporary Protected Status, thus making them immune from INS deportation until the status is lifted. It is estimated that nearly 200,000 Haitians are living in this country, without documentation, and stealing money from taxpayers by way of leaching off government programs for which they pay nothing. By deporting every single Haitian living here illegally we would immediately send 400,000 hands to Haiti to help with the recovery.

Furthermore, every single American should be outraged if another dime is sent to Haiti, or any other country, by way of the Obama administration. That money was collected to pay for the costs to run this government, not to support another. If people want to donate money voluntarily, that is great, in fact I encourage it, but the government is already spending too much money sending troops, medical supplies, and other aid, sending money would be purely unethical. America is hated for ‘policing’ nations that they have previously invested in, yet is always asked to help out. Our government needs to put this country in order before even thinking of lending a hand to another. Government aid is not a cost the taxpayers will avoid paying for. Forced charity is not charity, rather it is criminal. It is nothing more than robbing Peter to pay Paul.

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JerseyLiar9 replied...
Jan. 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I think it was fine for the United States to send aide and money. These are PEOPLE. Just like you and me. They're dying because of an unpreventable natural disaster and lack of quality medical care. Not everyone is as powerful and wealthy as us. We do have bigger problems, but it wouldn't hurt to help the Haitians.

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LaylaViolet replied...
Jan. 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Earthquakes can't be prevented, but they CAN be prepared for. I'm writing an article about it for my school newspaper, and it's important that people start preparing.

Did you hear about the 6.1 aftershock? Talk about bad timing.

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MountainGirl replied...
Feb. 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I think you make a really good point that the government should be held accountable for what it spends in other countries. I often ask the same question when it comes to the incredible amount of money we spend on war. The United States spends far less of its GDP on humanitarian aid than most other developed countries. Do you think that it is more justified to spend money on military efforts than humanitarian ones?

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CommonSense replied...
Feb. 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

"The United States spends far less of its GDP on humanitarian aid than most other developed countries."

This is a loaded statement. It is only partially true. The federal government may be outspent when it comes to humanitarian aid, but the private citizens in this country give more charitable donations than any country's government, including our own.

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MountainGirl replied...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Oh, that's an interesting point, where is that documented? (what's your source for that fact?). I think that it's great that individuals are willing to donate to good causes overseas. Although, I was specifically referring to the United States' government.

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Anonymous504 replied...
Apr. 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

You might be interested to know, "commonsense", that GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product, which is a measure of a country'soverall economic output, and has nothing to do with how much the federal government spends. Itincludes private donations as well as donations made by the federal government.

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Aug. 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Haiti was a natural disaster, there's nothing that we can technically do to "prevent" something like it from happening again.   What touched me most about the Haiti Earthquake was the huge charitable effort from around the world to aid in its rebuilding.  The US government should not be sending huge amounts of money to aid disasters in other countries.  "Charity" should be separated from government spending and I don't think people should be calling others "heartless" for agreeing with this statement.  For all you know they could be sending huge sums of their own money to help the cause.

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copper~lemon~drop replied...
Sept. 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

It seems to me that the US is much better off than many other places in the world. To say that the government should not send money or medical supplies to places like Haiti is toadmit to a terrible case of isolationism. There is a poster at my school that shows a globe, but with only the US on it, the rest of the planet covered in water, and says "This isn't Earth". THe message is: don't think that the problems we have are the most important.

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jennifur replied...
Oct. 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

i believe if we stand up and take part in our comminity natural distasters wouldn't be so bad. If we all just show the world a little bit more respect then it'll show us some respect. maybe you can start by raising money for scientific studies so we can be notified before hand with advanced technology or for those who have already been through something such as haiti we can raise money for those who have lost what they once had whether it's there house and a close friend, we can make a difference one step at a time.

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Aidyl replied...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Jennifur, even if we had been notified ahead of time about the earthquake in Haiti, these people wouldn't all have been able to get out of the area that was in danger. They still would have lost their homes, had no food or water for a period of time. Sure, through donations, we may be able to help support more advanced technology, but there is no way to stop natural disasters from occuring. I think we all need to be as generous as we can and reach out to others in need.

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AnneOnnimous replied...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I won't pretend to know the details of how the U.S government spends their money, but I kind of doubt that they would just keep all that money. And honestly, one can't expect all of Haiti's problems to be magically solved when the wonderful Americans donate money; the magnitude of Haiti's problems is quite incomprehensible and it would be cruel to not donate to those who need it so badly because we aren't seeing immediate change.

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htrae22 replied...
Jan. 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

the earthquake brought everyone in the world together and it is so sad that we chose to come together because of such a tradgy

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russianreader replied...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

the earthquake is so sad. The country did not need that to happen to them, nor did the world need yet another problem to deal with..

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