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March 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

General Social Survey shows Americans want less debt, increased spending

Share the wealth worldwide

While reading the article about public feeling on U.S. government spending, I was saddened that so few people prioritize foreign aid [“Americans want less government debt, but also increased spending, survey says,” page one, March 9].

We, as a country, have been greatly blessed. With that blessing, I believe, comes a responsibility not just to help ourselves, but also to contribute to the masses of people in the world who suffer severe poverty.

While it is important that we spend money to protect our country and maintain our infrastructure, and while it is nice to spend money on social programs that help our own poor, the truth is that even the poorest people in the U.S. are better off than the majority of people in the world.

More than half of the people in the world live on less than $3 a day. It has been estimated that less than $100 billion a year, well spent, could alleviate the most severe problems of world poverty. This is less than 3 percent of the U.S. government’s annual budget.

I know that we have our own problems in this country, but I hope we could be inspired to use a little of our resources to more greatly bless our fellow humans.

–Travis Kopp, Seattle

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