At a press conference this morning on Staten Island, a host of local officials, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, gathered to highlight the needs of the hard-hit borough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And, although many pols spoke, no one was more impassioned than Borough President James Molinaro, who called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions.Clearly Mr. Molinaro doesn't understand how this works. Private sector executives don't feel the need to be there helping anyone, so why should their American Red Cross counterparts be out there either? The function of the American Red Cross is to collect millions of dollars and then distribute that money throughout its bureaucracy. It has nothing to do with helping anyone except themselves. Doesn't everyone know that?
“Because the devastation in Staten Island, the lack of a response,” Mr. Molinaro said to explain his comment to NBC after the press conference. “You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars. Whenever there’s a drive in Staten Island, we give openly and honestly. Where are they? Where are they? I was at the South Shore yesterday, people were buried in their homes. There the dogs are trying to find bodies. The people there, the neighbors who had no electricity, were making soup. Making soup. It’s very emotional because the lack of a response. The lack of a response. They’re supposed to be here….They should be on the front lines fighting, and helping the people.”
For the record, this is NOT true of other national Red Cross organizations. But the big name American charities make even Wall Street executives raise their eyebrows and marvel at their rapaciousness. At least Goldman Sachs has the decency to honestly swindle its clients out of their money rather than lying about how they're going to help disaster victims with it.