Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Could you live on $2.50 a day?

My last post talked of the lavish price of Marijuana seed up to $3990 for ten seeds a stark contrast to people who live off $2.50 a day, yes that is right two dollars and fifty cents a day and some even less! Now we will discuss poverty and what can be done to improve on these conditions.

Maass opens The Case for Socialism with a simple declaration: “Capitalism isn’t working.” Not in the US and not in other parts of the world. In fact, virtually anywhere one goes, suffering is pervasive. “Almost half the world’s population - more than three billion people, the equivalent of the population of ten United States - live on less than $2.50 a day. A billion people are undernourished and go to bed hungry each night. Two in five people around the world lack access to clean water, and one in four lacks basic electricity,” Maass reports.

Here in the US, whole communities are being decimated by evictions and foreclosures, healthcare is a shambles, and hunger and homelessness are at near-record levels. Twenty percent of children are born into poverty, and illnesses correlating with inadequate nutrition are epidemic. At the same time, Maass reports that in 2009, the world’s 793 billionaires had a combined worth of $2.4 trillion. This translates into “twice the combined gross domestic product of all the countries in sub-Saharan Africa.”


Now one must ask does Capitalism work and for what percentage of the population?

From the article linked above: Yes, three billion human beings have fewer resources than 793 others.

In the US the Corpse's (nickname for corporations) have taken over every cottage industry they could, leaving us with almost no Mom & Pop businesses. Diners, corner grocers, and even farming is being taken over for the profit of the elite, things need to change. We must voice our opinions and make a better world for everyone!

Welfare for Wall Street drained the US of Trillions of Dollars and has left the United States with a crippled (devalued) Dollar. Estimates vary from $2.4 upward to $8.5 trillion being a total analysis of this disaster.

8.5 trillion estimate:

Link .......It's the second Article on the page ;)

While a few eat caviar in luxury, others are eating rat and happy to have any food!


Intelligent opinions and structured debate are always welcomed, but name calling and personal attacks do not belong here, have fun!