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Americans Compare Biden’s Aid to Maui vs Ukraine (It’s Bad)

President Biden on Nato membership for Ukraine via CNN

President Joe Biden has urged Congress to approve an additional $24 billion in aid for Ukraine, pushing the total amount of U.S. taxpayer-funded aid allocated to Ukraine since February 2022 to a staggering $135 billion.

In contrast, Biden has currently allocated $95 million for Maui.

This represents 0.07%, or less than one-tenth of one percent, of the total funds earmarked for the ongoing Ukrainian conflict.

Biden is pushing for the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” to assist in the recovery of Maui, following the deadliest fire in over a century.

The fire tragically claimed the lives of more than 115 individuals, with hundreds still unaccounted for.

Biden is offering of a one-time payment of $700 to Maui households affected by the devastating fire has been met with discontent.

This amount falls notably short of the approximately $900 that each household contributes towards the Ukraine war.

Dale Hermo-Fernandez, a Maui resident, is leading grassroots relief efforts on the ground expressed dissatisfaction with the $700 sum.

He said Biden’s funding is “laughable.”

“Just like how they did during the COVID. That would help them get on their feet. There should be an emergency subsidy in the unemployment just to help people stay on their feet because they have nowhere to go to,” he said.

The allocation of funds has ignited a national debate, highlighting the stark contrast between the government’s response to domestic crises and international conflicts.

On one hand, as per preliminary estimates by the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Disaster Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the daunting task of rebuilding Lahaina, decimated by fires, looms large, with a staggering price tag exceeding $5.52 billion.

The devastating fires in Lahaina have left a trail of destruction, impacting at least 2,207 structures, primarily residential, accounting for 86 percent, and commercial structures making up the remaining nine percent.

Consequently, a significant portion of the Lahaina population currently finds itself homeless, compelled to reside in temporary accommodations.

In stark contrast, recent developments have revealed a substantial allocation of resources to international affairs.

The Department of Defense announced a substantial $250 million military assistance package for Ukraine. This figure dwarfs the $16 million in assistance that the Biden administration previously reported providing to 4,200 households.

At a NATO summit held in Vilnius, Lithuania, President Biden proudly asserted that the United States had contributed more funds to Ukraine than all other nations combined.

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