"The Bush administration pledged $15 million to Asian nations....U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland suggested that the United States and other Western nations were being "stingy" with relief funds, saying there would be more available if taxes were raised. " What? What?
If the entire American people were sending only $15 mil, that would indeed be stingy, but Amazon alone has raised (as of 9:00 pm PST 12/31/04) $10.5 MILLION . That is just one of the many relief efforts organized, as summarized at SEA-EAT
The individual American citizen, on average, donates 7-8 times as much money to charitable works as does the average individual French or German citizen