Er, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Haiti dominantly Christian in religious belief? I honestly don't know a lot about the country and its cultures, if you want to call it that(Pre-earthquake, I wouldn't really call Haiti a 'country' more like a country-in-progress given its lack of actually developing).
But that said, yeah, I agree. We have our own issues to worry about, and while its nice to see people getting food and medical supplies in there, overall rebuilding Haiti is out of the question. We don't have the money, and our deficit is growing with our two nice little wars, and that thing we used to call an economy now sitting in the toilet. Not to mention our own unemployment going up nicely, I'm kind of curious as to how exactly we PLAN on rebuilding a nation that has no foundation? Its all nice and joyful to say a nation is built on its community, but Haiti's people couldn't build themselves up before a natural distaster destroyed everything... I can't see it doing it now.
On the idea of helping ourselves first, the average American or Canadian homeless person has resoures like soup kitchens to get fed, people in Haiti do not even have a central government to feel protected or looked after by, so outside help is the only help coming.
Its likely just political grandstanding by the useless talking heads in DC... our government did zip for US this year, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were in Haiti...
(Note: I'm not saying donating in the name of getting food, water and medical supplies to Haiti is bad, I've done it and I probably will again, but my point surrounds the idea we can rebuild Haiti)