Gives 'til It Hurts?
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Psalms 28:27 [KJV]
As reported by the BBC World Service and Ntodd
: Michael Schumacher, the dominant driver in Formula 1 racing, has donated $10 million dollars to tsunami aid. That's 40% of Schumacher's annual driving contract, so he won't be a burden on the welfare system any time soon, but it will probably be a jolt to German tax officials. The officials will also be dealing with Chancellor Schroeder's decision to offer a total of $680 million dollars of assistance over the next 3 to 5 years.
Excuse me, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, are you ashamed of your paltry offer yet?
To give people a basis for evaluation of these aid numbers, the US gives Israel $3 billion every year, and has done this for years. That's where the bulk of US foreign aid goes.