U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks while touring the area to view the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, on Dec. 18. The United States is providing nearly $25 million in additional humanitarian aid to help the Philippines deal with the enormous devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan last month, Kerry said Wednesday after touring the worst-hit region. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder)
Christmas 2013 is now in the past, but here's a leftover tidbit worth considering about the giving spirit.
According to Foreign Policy magazine, the United States is the world's largest donor of "official development assistance"
to other nations ($30.5 billion in 2012). The United States also makes the largest private contributions to other nations, as well.
The point is that those who say America does not contribute its fair share to those in need across the globe are wrong. But, as FP pointed out, that amount is only about 1 percent of the U.S. budget.-- Phillip Tutor