Sunday, February 12, 2012

Causes of Poverty

Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.

Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.

1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day). Read more.....

1 comment:

  1. I think that using the term inequality always implies you are looking for sympathy and something for nothing. A plea to government to rob Peter and give it to me. What is inequality? In th econtext of this post it is an attempt to imply the Rich did something wrong or unfair and that is why there are the poor. But does a rich man in his 80's on his death bed feel worse off then a young healthy man of 18 who has no worldly assets? I doubt it. I suspect that if it were possible the rich man would trade places with the destitute youth in a second. What about that inequality? What about the unattractive person who sees the attractive person always enjoying the company of the opposite sex. What can we do to correct that inequality. If we used the precepts of socialism (Obama care) we would make everyone equally unattractive. The ONLY reason why anyone brings up and discuss the inequality of wealth is to encourage people to jealously demand that our politicians let the nose of the socialist camel into our Democratic Republic tent. Instead of socialism that will make us all equally poor why not freedom which will make us all equally free to become rich or poor by our choice(s)? Instead of coveting your nighbors money and demanding that government give you someone else's money Why not take advantage of the opportunities available to all and make something out of your life.


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