“Here you go, Pakistan,” said the Secretary of State, “but don’t spend it all in one place.” Those weren’t Hillary’s exact words, but it’s a pretty good approximate translation.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Americans on Wednesday to donate money to flood relief efforts in Pakistan, saying she is leading by example and just made a $10 donation herself.
“I just texted a contribution myself, because we know from our own experience, particularly in Haiti, small donations can add up to make a big difference,” Clinton told reporters on Wednesday.
“Americans have always shown great generosity to people facing crises worldwide. So I urge Americans to join this effort and send some much needed help to the people of Pakistan.”
Clinton urged people to text the word “SWAT” to the number, 50555, and reply “yes” when asked to confirm, in order to make a $10 donation to help the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Sure, about 95% of every dollar we send to Pakistan goes straight to a budget line item called “Corruption”, but c’mon Madame Secretary of State, a little perspective is in order here. $10 isn’t much.
Maybe you could have thrown in a little fruit punch and a few leftover pieces of that $11,000 wedding cake you bought for Chelsea’s wedding.
That could have fed about 1,000,000 starving Pakistanis for a month.