That thing we always get told about? That we\’ve all promised to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid? And aren\’t the Americans bastards for not doing so?
Interesting point made:
A pop quiz: What’s the largest U.S.-based international relief and development organization?
It’s not Save the Children, and it’s not CARE — both terrific secular organizations. Rather, it’s World Vision, a Seattle-based Christian organization (with strong evangelical roots) whose budget has roughly tripled over the last decade.
Basic numbers are here.
Take out the govt aid they deliver and they\’re on about $700 million a year. That\’s about 0.005% of GDP through one charity alone.
That doesn\’t get counted though….for the pledge is about only the spending that is forcibly removed from pockets via taxation rather than what people might freely give of their own.