December 30, 2004
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Via Fax: 202-456-2461
Dear President Bush:
We are ashamed of the cheap response of our country to the tsunami tragedy. Let's compare some numbers.
Cost of your inauguration: $40,000,000.
Cost of supplemental bill to support the war in Iraq: $75,000,000,000
Offers of U.S. Aid to tsunami victims as of today: $35,000,000.
Something is seriously wrong with these numbers. And we are supposed to be a Christian nation that values charity? And love of our fellow human beings? How must this chintzy response to an immense tragedy look to the rest of the world?
We don't deny your right to an immense party, and we know it's paid for mostly by donations, but the juxtaposition is appalling.
We urge substantially more support for the victims of this great tragedy.
Eric C. Welch
Sheila A. Welch
7289 Columbine Rd
Forreston, Illinois 61030