Last year, American government provided 35 percent of worldwide relief aid. In private contributions, American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations gave over 240 billion to charitable causes in 2003, according to Giving USA Foundation. Privately, Americans give at least 34 billion overseas.
Mired in a batting slump, Bonds sat in the locker room and complained about his uncharacteristic struggle to get his offense going. I can't put my finger on the problem, said Barry aloud. I'm struggling. Can't buy a hit. Bonds then looked up and noticed a chronically poor-hitting teammate nearby. Bonds turned to him and said something like - you must feel like this all the time.
You must remember to compare benefits versus costs. For the foreseeable future, the only affordable alternatives are coal, natural gas, oil or nuclear. Renewable sources - solar, wind, etc. - so favored by the left remain prohibitively expensive. A nation becomes weaker, not stronger, by artificially overspending on costly, inefficient alternatives to fossil fuels.
Thirty-five percent of Americans, according to a 2004 Pew Research survey, call themselves conservative, while only 22 percent call themselves liberal (43 percent call themselves moderate) - a 3 percent increase in conservatives since 1992. There is a reason for this - liberals keep getting it wrong.
Bad schools, crime, drugs, high taxes, the social security mess, racism, the health care crisis unemployment, welfare state dependency, illegitimacy, the gap between rich and poor. What do these issues have in common Politicians, the media, and our so-called leaders lie to us about them. They lie about the cause. They lie about the effect. They lie about the solutions.
Consider the CEO who refuses to outsource, believing - as does Mr. Dobbs - this hurts America. His competitor, however, wants to increase profits. When he can, he lowers costs by outsourcing, using the savings to put back into his business. The CEO who refused to outsource now must explain to his finicky customers why he intends to charge them more.
Polls find young blacks less likely to call racism America's No. 1 issue. A TimeCNN poll found 89 percent of black teens consider racism in their own lives to be a small problem or not a problem at all. Twice as many black teens as white believe that failure to take advantage of available opportunities is a bigger problem for blacks than discrimination.