Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

One of the sad truths about trying to help folks in far, distant lands, is that so much of the aid gets soaked up in overhead.

But if you think it’s bad with charities, prepare to wince at the United Nation’s Haitian peacekeeping efforts. It turns out that only 4.6 percent of the $495.8 million the UN spends on salaries, hazard pay, and the like goes to “national staff” on the ground in Haiti. The rest goes to support staff at some remove from the island nation’s devastation.

So does $461.9 million out of $495.8 million seem like a good cut for overhead?

Seems steep to me.

The entire budget is well over $700 million. Nearly $200 million of that comes from U.S. taxpayers.

The Fox News story from which I harvested these figures goes on to discuss the boats used to house some personnel. $112,500 per day. One of the boats is nicknamed “The Love Boat.” I don’t think I want to know more.

This should be a big story, except that, in context of today’s typical government operations, it’s not out of the ordinary. These days, operations often get judged not by the good done but by the number of people and dollars associated with it.

People in Haiti suffer. So we naturally don’t want to complain about money spent helping them. But, like so much else in government, efficiency is out of the question.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor

7 Comments

  1. Marvin L. Zinn says:

    I have know this for many years. It is why my contributions I can afford will go directly to the person I know who has the greater need. NEVER an organization, especially when it is government approved.

  2. Marvin L. Zinn says:

    I have known this for many years. It is why my contributions I can afford will go directly to the person I know who has the greater need. NEVER an organization, especially when it is government approved.

  3. Drik says:

    There you go again.
    Questioning their results instead of admiring their motives.

  4. Leslie Atkins says:

    I love Paul’s columns and greatly appreciate his persistent and courageous fight for our true freedoms. However, I do question using Fox news (among other news sources) to make claims without backing them up with independent verification.

  5. Luther Fore says:

    The people of Hiati hav lived a pagan lifstile along with their voodo religion. Until they change this, there isn’t much that will change. This was much the same with the “big easy.”

  6. S. Glen Larson says:

    My Dear Sir,
    I appreciate all your comments on relevant daily news!!
    I would like you to be a lot more definate on the corruption in Haiti!!

    n

  7. S. Glen Larson says:

    I enjoy all your commentary.

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