It’s your money. You paid for it.
— George W. Bush in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2000
Mark Townsend in Houston
Sunday September 25, 2005
An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq has raised only $600 (£337), The Observer has learnt.
Just so you don’t think I’m making this up. Here is the website where you can give.
See, major combat operations ended in 2003.
I want to give money to help re-build Iraq. I pay taxes.
But due to no fault of my own, I had several costs that I didn’t prepare for. Pottery Barn has this rule, “You break it, you buy it.” Well, I’m very clumsy. I break a lot of stuff. Stuff that I don’t have the money to pay for. I’ve run up a lot of debt. Money gets misplaced or stolen. Sometimes, I lose it. My finances are such a DISASTER that I think I should hire Mike Brown as a consultant.
It’s HARD. It’s just HARD.
So charity to re-build Iraq, I hope you take checks!
Just kidding. I’m not writing them a check. I’m not donating to Katrina or Rita charities either. From now on – I’m cutting out the ‘middle men’ of philanthropy and just like the rest of Americans, I’m giving all my money to Halliburton!