America and Americans are known worldwide for being generous. America doles out every year an incredible amount of foreign aid. To give you a perspective of how much that runs - fiscal year 2017 saw the U.S. State Department and USAID grant $50.1 billion, or just over 1% of the budget to countries world wide. Now if you're a bit of a cynic, you might say that kind of charity requires an I.O.U. that makes it more of a quid pro quo type of giving that expects a return. Honesty requires that we be somewhat circumspect of such largesse, but in fairness, many of the initiatives funded by American aid make life better for those in need of clean potable water or disaster relief without any ulterior motives.
But the charitable actions of Americans for their fellow Americans might attest to what is pure, unadulterated goodness that makes our people without reservation, "The BEST!"
During the shutdown of a quarter of our government, some 800,000 Americans have either been furloughed or are working as slaves, because when you work without pay and are forced to do the same, you are in bondage. Americans have a sense of fairness. When you work, you get paid. And yet, somehow those who sit in seats of power and govern have forgotten that. It doesn't matter which party you're affiliated with. What matters is that you can affiliate yourself with the working men and women in that universe of 800,000 and recognize the plight they find themselves in. They are pawns caught in the middle of a battle of political wills and no matter what side of the issue you're on, that doesn't change the anxiety they deal with when it comes to putting food on the table and paying the bills.
Call them "shutdown specials" or "furlough freebies," but small establishments as well as large are helping the 800K with relief, whether it's a brake to defer payments on cell bills from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon or two weeks of free groceries from the Lakeview Pantry in Chicago or pizza and restaurant vendors in various cities providing a free lunch or dinner for those affected. There have been GO FUND ME campaigns that have provided parents with kids who didn't know how they were going to pay their rent or mortgage - funding that came from the goodness of the American public for strangers that were strangely not all that different - just people who want what anyone wants. The right to make a living from the fruits of their labor without the interruption of their employer making life difficult if not impossible. So let's salute the Americans who have decided to GO DO GOOD on behalf of their fellow citizens and help them at a time when their elected representatives have let them down.
If you're interested in helping - here's a GO FUND ME for TSA workers that aren't being paid but must work: https://www.gofundme.com/dollars-for-chicago-tsa-workers?fbclid=IwAR2BijVvq6Cnp-aj1qZT9WOB3u
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