Apparently, because of our free market economic structure, Americans give alot more individually than other countries. Maybe I don't need the government letting international politics decide who they give my money to?

U.S. foundations gave more -- in money, time, goods and expertise -- than 11 of the 22 developed-country governments each gave in 2005, and U.S. private voluntary organizations totaled more than the governments of Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and France each.

Index of Global Philanthropy combines all aid from developed countries ? government and private ? an approach that its authors say is a more accurate measure of a nation?s generosity. According to the index, the United States is the top donor in absolute amounts and the seventh of 22 in terms of GNI percentage.