The front page of the KC Star (and other newspapers I would assume) had an article about how the Red Cross and The United Way collected a total of 1 billion dollars in donations from the WTC attacks.
That, in itself, is an impressive number as it says that every man woman and child in this country gave around $3 to just those two charities alone.
Anyway, only $160 million went to help out victims of the attack and investigations are starting to determine what happened with the rest of the money. Call me cynical, but I was just waiting for this newsstory to appear. The only question was: when?
So where did the rest go?
Glad you asked. Or I asked. Well, someone asked.
According to the article, it’s gone to “aid people who lost jobs, to help NY recover economically, and into large reserve accounts for future needs related to the attacks.”
A few questions.
I personally don’t see anything wrong with the first one. People that lost their jobs are in need of help. Does anyone object to this?
The second one seems a little more doubtful. What exactly is “helping NY recover economically?” Reduced fairs to see the Statue of Liberty? Free hookers for everyone? What?
The third is very sketchy. Large reserve accounts? So the Red Cross and United Way are getting fat off our money. That doesn’t seem right. What say all?
On a more general note, do we have a right to complain at all? Do we have a right to say where ANY of the money should go? When the money leaves our hands, it’s not ours anymore.