One of my old high school friends and I were just talkin' about this not long ago:
As bad as I feel for the Haitians about the earthquake and all; I feel like we need to worry about OUR problems in our own country before we tackle the problems of other countries. The US is quick to rush off and try to save Haiti, but they didn't respond to the Katrina victims that quick. We have TONS of homeless people, children who go to bed without food in their stomachs, elderly folk who don't get the meds they need and mentally ill people without proper treatment. But, there's an ad that suggests we send money to Haiti to help them, when our economy is struggling and we have all the above mentioned problems. Don't get me wrong, I'm not sayin' "Screw Haiti," but isn't there a way we can help them without spending so much of our own money outside of the country? Can't we conserve money to help those who need it within our borders while donating a percentage to Haiti? Then, at the very least, we're helping ourselves AND the Haitians at the same time. We can't just continue to sweep our problems under the rug.
But, now I digress from the topic at hand...
I agree with you, Beast. I don't think that it's a good idea to just give them money without monitoring what the money is being used for. Haiti had enough trouble before the earthquake and, like you said, guns can be bought just as easy--hell, they could be considered "supplies", depending on how you wanna look at it. I also agree with your idea about how inflation could cause Haiti quite a bit of trouble. If the country is poor, there's no need for inflation. There's already enough struggle to get supplies. I seen on the news a few days ago that people were in a frenzy down there, tryin' to get supplies. It'd be a full scale riot throughout the country of Haiti were living costs to rise.
You mentioned Canada. Are they even donating to the cause? I'm wondering what other countries are doin' to help Haiti.