The bickering over the definition of poverty in the USA doesn't miraculously magic employment opportunities out of nothing.
The fact remains, on a national level, the income disparity and declining quality of life in the USA is incredible. You can slice and dice that any
way you want by quoting statistics of kids working for a-$-a-day in China, but that DOESN'T change the fact that poor in America are becoming poorer,
the wealthy are becoming wealthier, all while the global economy tanks and employment numbers in western countries collapse.
You have to have a societal frame of reference when you're talking about poverty, because it is directly affected by your access to arable land, your
access to FREE clean water, the prospects for your kids, the health statistics for your neighborhood, the interest rate and inflation statistics, the
You could have three TV's, a games console and air-con, that doesn't mean you're not struggling to put food in front of your kids.
People often use those statements in the "definition" as some kind of measure of how ridiculous it is, but they always shy away from the fact that
that describes the THRESHOLD, not the quality of life for all those considered below the poverty line.
Of course, this is going to get worse as the corporations move their business to the last safe havens in Asia. Then they'll get another 50 years of
relative slave labor before the people really rise up and demand a living wage. All the while we'll be the ones making their designer sneakers in
sweat shops and rebuilding our economies based on exporting.
The ONLY way to change the system is to vote with our money. If a company moves business to Asia, there's a national boycott against them. If a bank
gives out massive bonuses to their banksters, we move our money to a credit union. If a company starts substituting quality food with trash to
increase their profit margin, people start buying quality produce locally...
This removes the power from those corporations and means that they have no choice but to comply with the morals of the people they sell to or provide
a service to in order to stay in business.
A good example of this is in the bankster mafia clan. They threaten to move their business to Asia if our governments tax them, but they still expect
to be able to do business in the largest Western markets. The US and UK governments could increase corporate taxes if they had their people on their
side actively stating that they will boycott if the company moves to avoid tax.
The banks WILL NOT miss out on billions of $'s in business in the USA and UK for the sake of saving a few billion a year in taxes. It's a myth that
they would move out of our countries, and they use it as a threat to avoid having to pay the tax they should be paying.
As more smaller businesses grow to replace the corrupt corporations, more options will be open to us to take part in destroying the corporatocracy
controlling our nations. All we have to do as citizens is stop supporting the corporations and start giving our money to smaller, local businesses. If
we all did that over the coming five years we would all be better off and our economy would start growing again.
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