posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 10:41 PM
In China, a Communist country, the government takes it all while exploiting its own citizens and using them like slaves. Half of the population of
China lives on less than $2 per day. The miners fare slightly better. As is always the case with the government controlling resources and business,
the good of the State trumps any thoughts of the needs of the people.
In the US, many fortunes have been made in mining and the production of products from the results. Many high paying jobs are produced by mining from
the miners themselves to the highly paid workers producing the end product.
In China, safety is low priority and miners are dying off like flies. Many of the deaths are thought to be unreported. The techniques do not take into
account the workers and only the profits are of concern.
In the US, regulations and their enforcement are advanced to the point that mining deaths are now very rare in comparison. Between regulation and
rights of the workers to sue their employers, only the safest methods are profitable.
Hmmm, if I were an Afghan, which system would I rather work under?
Communism = Starvation wages and horrible working conditions.
Our System = Good wages and benefits, good working conditions and ample government oversight.
The difference is so stark in fact that the Russians are making fun of us for allowing the Obama Administration to move us in the direction they just
I think the Duh Factor, plays heavily in this debate.
Now if the Afghan Government in its current Kindergarten state of affairs were to suddenly be handed massive wealth without anyone to intercede on
behalf of the Afghan's, someone with a Capitalist System that allows individuals opportunity in spite of their government, it would be a blood bath
as the old War Lords took it all for themselves.
Criticize our system all people want, but at least we have a fighting chance. Some of us actually do very well and most of us live well. Even our poor
are rich by world standards.