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I guess we need to consider that our initial out pouring of money will be a need that will be an on going thing for many years to come.

Last night I attended a panel discussion about the money going into the disaster affected areas, which were pledged by the countries of the world. One key question to ask is where is the money coming from? The U.S. has pledged $350 million. Is that new money? Or is it money being diverted from other programs. For instance, the president's $15 billion AIDS program has very little new money. It is using money from other programs.

The panel raised important issues. Is money going to disaster relief being diverted from food aid programs elsewhere? Their suggestion was to ask legislators these questions. No one is, because they may not know to ask.

I do not mean countries should not being giving money for relief, but it is important to understand where the money comes from.

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