For World Relief. The good Captain is still angry (as we all should be) at our being called stingy, and thinks it’s time to show the world something entirely new, but let him tell it:
Our government has pledged $35 million to date, as well as ordering thousands of our military personnel and two US Navy task forces to the Indian Ocean region to provide assistance.
However, many people question the ability of capitalist-based economies to show any generosity. Americans, and other Western people, have been judged by the amount of government assistance provided. We’ve been called “stingy”. It’s up to us to show that when people control their own resources, we can put it to the best use through our own decisions — and in fact, we can put it to better, more direct, and more effective use.
At Captain’s Quarters, we’re declaring January 12th World Relief Day. I ask that CQ readers donate their take-home pay for January 12th to the tsunami relief effort at World Vision. Obviously, we cannot hope to match the funds raised by governments — but we can show what a handful of determined private individuals can do to help. If you can’t afford to donate all of your take-home pay for that day, please donate what you can.
The Anchoress supports this idea and hopes to spread the word! Donations begin right here.