Originally posted by Hopechest
reply to post by cass1dy09
That first picture is not accurate.
You may eliminate poverty for approximately 10 seconds then it will be back. At least that money spent on a war will end that current war and it
probably won't happen again.
I read somewhere, some psych study, that if you gave poor people 10 million dollars they would be right back in their current situation within five
Its not about having the money its about having the drive to acheive and maintain that is the key.
Let us have an experiment ... I'm poor, you can give me 10 million dollars ... we can put 1 million in the bank and use that as a bet; since the
odds are in your favor, say 10 to 1, if I win, I get another 10 million, if I lose, you get the 1 million (plus interest for the 5 years ... better
yet, put it in a 5 yr CD or whatever).
I can guarantee you, that you'd lose the bet, because on 9 million dollars, my family and myself will never have to work again a single day in my
lifetime. I can buy a house, cars, furnishings, nice sized property, and have my bills paid off for a century; and still have millions sitting in
bank accounts, CDs, and other deposits gaining me money ... to the point I assign my family a yearly salary that is basically being paid the interest
Say I spend 2 million of the 9 to have all my worldly needs taken care of ... that leaves 7 million at let's say 1% interest ... hmmm, that would
give me 70k/yr to spend frivolously ... since, I don't have a mortgage, I don't have a car payment, I have money set aside in an account strictly
for bills like car/health insurance, energy costs, etc, so ... 6k/month to piss away as I please, and STILL HAVE 7 million in the bank ... and after
5 years, another 11 million from the bet I made with you.
It is demeaning and insulting to assume that poor people would just piss away 10 million dollars and have nothing to show for it after 5 years. It is
an attitude that encourages divide and conquer. 'Those stupid poor people can't handle finances'. So disrespectful, dismissive, and arrogant.
As far as being on topic ... If Russia and/or China set up military bases in the same density ratio across the canadian and mexican borders ... I'm
rather certain lots of U.S.Americans would feel quite uneasy, and we are relatively friendly with them ... if Iran did it, people would panic.
Of course, people have a hard time looking at things from an outside perspective, they are too involved in their own self and perception to feel
empathy for others, especially in the context of nations and religions.
In no way am I saying Iran is good or bad. I'm only speaking of how that map would look to you, if you were in their shoes.
I'm not even trying to say having those bases there is bad/wrong either; though personally I'd prefer if the U.S. spent their budget on helping out
the sick, poor, homeless, ophans, education, real-free-healthcare, and a plethora of other things that a mature, responsible nation should provide its
citizens to be the healthiest, most intelligent group of people on the planet, living by example, and damn sure able to defend itself on its own soil,
while leaving the rest of the world alone unless it is a dire situation such as WW I/II. Semi-isolationism.
If you can't take care of yourself, how are you suppose to help anyone else ... and the U.S. is spending billions/trillions across the globe, while
bailing out banks and kicking people out of their homes while people starve to death or can't afford the health care they need, nor can they afford
any form of insurance, because they can barely afford to eat ramen while working 2-3 jobs.
Eh, greatest country on earth ... only if we begin to act like it.