I have not really gotten the fascination people have with Anderson Cooper. While he cuts an impressive figure with his gray hair and handsome face, I actually find him kind of boring when he reports the news. And he, like other CNN “reporters,” seems to give that news a left-wing spin.
Now, reader Peter Hughes e-mails me a link which confirms my impression of Cooper’s left-wing bias. In an interview with Hillary Clinton, he can’t seem to understand why private corporations and individuals (instead of the government) raised the funds for the Center for the Intrepid, “$50 million state of the art” rehabilitation facility “for wounded soldiers in San Antonio, Texas.”
He asked New York’s Junior Senator this leading question: “This center was $50 million in donations from corporations, and even individuals, school kids giving them dollars here and there. Why didn’t the government do it?” Instead of addressing this question to a frequent critic of the Bush administration and so politicize a center that appears to be doing great things for our heroes, if he really wanted to know why the facility raised funds from the private sector, he would have asked the individuals who organized the project.
Or perhaps, he could have just checked the web where he might have learned about the “public-private partnership to build” the center. Even his own network notes that the Army will administers this “privately funded facility.” Mr. Cooper doesn’t seem to understand the generous spirit which animates most Americans many of whom (including your humble bloggers) donate to a number of charitable organizations, including veterans’ organizations.
Mr. Cooper’s question betrays his inherent liberal sense that if there’s a major problem to be solved, only the government can do this. But, what this public-private partnership shows is that the private sector can succeed in raising the funds for such beneficial projects as this facility.
Look around the country, look around your own community, you’ll see hospitals built by churches, synagogues and other private groups. The Shriners build pediatric hospitals. The Jewish Federation sponsors a variety of social services. Catholic charities feed the hungry. And many of these do their good work without a dime of government money.
instead of wondering why the government didn’t fund the Center for the Intrepid, Mr. Cooper and Mrs. Clinton should marvel at the generosity of their fellow Americans, willing to dig deeply into their own pockets to help finance needed services for others less fortunate than themselves. They could even note the generosity of the corporations whom the leaders of Mrs. Clinton’s party frequently decry.
And for those GayPatriot readers who are so generous, you can support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (which raised the money for this facility) so it may “provide additional services to the patients who will be treated in the Center and their families” by clicking here”