Of COURSE I care! Silly "question." (Nothing personal, Madame...) Things that are going on in other parts of the Country (can't say much is going on here - Western New York State) affects us just as if it was going on 5o miles down the Thruway.
There is a "pot" of money. That pot must accomodate the entire nation. I have a personal interest in Historic Preservation. There are only so many dollars available, and if New Mexico gets 90% of the funding, that leaves very little for the rest of us.
In the same vein, if there is a landslide and forest fire in California, that affects Western New York. The Japan quake and tsunami affect Western New York.
Talk about a small world. It is now and we'd better take notice. This does NOT mean that I'm happy with the United States of America being the World's Policeman and/or Saviour of the World. Let's allow some other Countries to pick up the check occasionally, okay?