Show Me the Money, Haiti by Bill O'Reilly THIS IS A DISGRACE to me as well Cat!!
Show Me the Money, Haiti
So now we're back to ground zero, literally. A few weeks after
the attacks on 9/11, actor George Clooney and a bunch of celebrities
fronted a telethon to raise money for the families of the victims. It
was a well-intentioned project that raised about $150 million.
the distribution of the money was somewhat chaotic, and I led the
charge to have the celebrities pressure the charities to be more
transparent about where the funds were going. Clooney took umbrage at my
request, and a big controversy ensued.
Now we have the charity
debacle in Haiti. A year after the devastating earthquake that killed
more than 300,000 people, more than a million Haitians are still living
in the streets. This despite the fact that the United States alone has
sent almost $2 billion to that nation. Another $10 billion has been
pledged by other countries, but it is impossible to track that money.
brutal truth is that no one knows where much of the aid designated to
help the Haitians is. There is absolutely no transparency and little
accountability. Dozens of brand-new donated trucks sit idle at the
Port-au-Prince airport because the Haitian government wants thousands of
dollars in "import duties" before it will allow the trucks to transport
vital goods to the suffering people. That's just one example of the
madness going on.
Presidents Clinton and Bush the Younger headed
up the private relief effort in America, which raised $53 million for
Haiti. In the middle of a wicked recession, Americans gave their
hard-earned money to help people they will never meet. I asked Bush if
he knows why there has been so little progress in Haiti even after so
much money has poured in there. He said he does not know.
will not even answer my questions, despite the fact that he has been
deeply involved with Haiti for years. We have called the "Clinton
Initiative" many times, and they say they have distributed tens of
millions of dollars to help the Haitian people and can provide documents
to back that up. But, again, once the cash arrives in Port-au-Prince,
The moral question is this: Should good people
continue to send money to a place that has been corrupt for eons? The
scenes this week of Baby Doc Duvalier, the gangster former dictator of
Haiti, returning to his country after an exile in France is symbolic of
the problem. Despite all the good intentions in the world, Haiti remains
a place of squalor and hopelessness. Nothing seems to get better.
would like to see Clinton and Bush demand accountability from the
Haitian government right now. These guys should go on television and
call some people out. Clinton, in particular, knows what's going on, and
he has a responsibility to let us know.
It is easy to ask for money. It is much more difficult to see that it is honestly spent.
Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show "The O'Reilly Factor" and author of "Who's Looking Out For You?" and Pinheads and Patriots.
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