People may be inclined to say poverty is relative, that it could be worse just down the road, across the nation, or even beyond continental boundaries, and I wouldn’t argue that.
Too many photos of starving babies with bloated bellies, emaciated children and adults to deny that the face of poverty is as varied as cultures, location, and has become a global pandemic.
Yet poverty remains at the core what it is, oppressive and devastating, and lives are lost due to this regardless of where it is to be found.
In third world countries poverty has become something of a global expectation, I can see no excuse for such an expectation and whatever degree of acceptance that accompanies it.
How much is enough, how much wealth does an individual or corporation need to acquire before it becomes not only obscene but criminal by it’s very nature?
Monsanto is concerned about hunger? Bullshit, they’re concerned about controlling food dependency and it’s production through their GMO’s.
Governments have prioritized remediating poverty and hunger? Again bullshit when you examine government waste, corporate influence, and sweetheart deals.
Poverty and hunger in industrialized nations is not only a fact but should be a political indictment and embarrassment to those in power.
Commonsense approaches are off the table unless there is money to be made in the board rooms of cronies and an endless array of new agencies whose priority is their turf and perpetuating their agency.
Take a look at “charities” and “foundations” where the majority of the money goes to “overhead”, salaries, and “operational costs”.
The biggest offenders in this setting may well be televangelists who having “heard a word from the lord” milk their congregations and live in the lap of luxury as though they’ve taken that biblical axiom of the poor will always be among us to heart so they may as well fly around in multi million dollar private jets, live in mansions, and wear only tailor made suits.
Poverty is a business, there’s money to be made, and somebody has to do it right?
Here’s what I’d like to see – I’d like to see one of these frauds lay their hands on a starving baby and heal them – bring them back to full health.
I’d like to see the heads of these charities, foundations, and governments, live in the same poverty for a year or so before they even dare open their mouth or attempt to raise or fund a single penny.
It’s become axiomatic for politicians to relate some personal story about how tough things were when they were a child – they had to walk ten miles to school barefoot in the snow, barefoot because the family had to boil the shoes for soup.
Well maybe some did have it tough, but they ain’t having it tough now and need to think about paying it forward.
I don’t have a lot of sympathy for someone like Hillary Clinton who complains about making a paltry 14k a year in the seventies when she began working – do the math, 14k then is like 60 or 70k now.
I don’t have much appreciation for the “good work” the “foundation” does when a mere ten percent of the total take of over a a hundred and fifty million dollars has gone to these “good works”.
Hillary and Bill may have missed their calling, maybe they should been televangelists.
And guess where the “foundations” headquarters are located now – the Goldman Sachs obelisk to celebrating greed.
Like The Jefferson’s of television fame they moved on up, and those boardroom speeches of Hillary’s and Bill’s now only require a short trip on an elevator rather than the discomfort and hassle of a limousine.
A redistribution of wealth? You got that right – but not by seizing assets, rather by raising wages, closing tax loopholes, and increasing the tax rate for those entities “too big to fail” in addition to slapping a healthy import duty on products produced in other countries by American manufacturers to compensate for the economic woes their continuing exportation of jobs has created.
Yeah I know, sounds so unAmerican doesn’t it, so unpatriotic these “socialist” ideas of equality, inequity, and elevating people out of poverty?
No what we need to do is continue to reward the abusers, continue to wave the flag, focus on issues like guns, and seek to insure that the poor will indeed always be among us.
We need to focus on every harebrained meme about conspiracies that comes down the pike rather than focus on what may be the biggest conspiracy of all – poverty as a vehicle for profit.
And if there isn’t enough poverty and disenfranchisement to satisfy the national fancy well then just maintain the status quo and create more.