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World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over
RT.com ^ | 20 January, 2013, 15:46

Posted on 01/20/2013 9:50:34 AM PST by TaxPayer2000

The world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 – enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich.

“The richest 1 percent has increased its income by 60 percent in the last 20 years with the financial crisis accelerating rather than slowing the process,” while the income of the top 0.01 percent has seen even greater growth, a new Oxfam report said.

For example, the luxury goods market has seen double-digit growth every year since the crisis hit, the report stated. And while the world's 100 richest people earned $240 billion last year, people in "extreme poverty" lived on less than $1.25 a day.

Oxfam is a leading international philanthropy organization. Its new report, ‘The Cost of Inequality: How Wealth and Income Extremes Hurt us All,’ argues that the extreme concentration of wealth actually hinders the world’s ability to reduce poverty.

The report was published before the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, and calls on world leaders to “end extreme wealth by 2025, and reverse the rapid increase in inequality seen in the majority of countries in the last 20 years.”

Oxfam's report argues that extreme wealth is unethical, economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive and environmentally destructive.

The problem is a global one, Oxfam said: "In the UK inequality is rapidly returning to levels not seen since the time of Charles Dickens. In China the top 10 percent now take home nearly 60 percent of the income. Chinese inequality levels are now similar to those in South Africa, which is now the most unequal country on Earth and significantly more [inequality] than at the end of apartheid."

In the US, the richest 1 percent's share of income has doubled since 1980 from 10 to 20 percent, according to the report. For the top 0.01 percent, their share of national income quadrupled, reaching levels never seen before.

“We can no longer pretend that the creation of wealth for a few will inevitably benefit the many – too often the reverse is true,” Executive Director of Oxfam International Jeremy Hobbs said.

Hobbs explained that concentration of wealth in the hands of the top few minimizes economic activity, making it harder for others to participate: “From tax havens to weak employment laws, the richest benefit from a global economic system which is rigged in their favor.”

The report highlights that even politics has become controlled by the super-wealthy, which leads to policies “benefitting the richest few and not the poor majority, even in democracies.”

“It is time our leaders reformed the system so that it works in the interests of the whole of humanity rather than a global elite,” the report said.

The four-day World Economic Forum will be held in Davos starting next Wednesday. World financial leaders will gather for an annual meeting that will focus on reviving the global economy, the eurozone crisis and the conflicts in Syria and Mali.


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The cost of inequality: how wealth and income extremes hurt us all

1 posted on 01/20/2013 9:50:41 AM PST by TaxPayer2000
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To: TaxPayer2000

They could end poverty 4X over but couldn’t pay off the US national debt.


2 posted on 01/20/2013 9:53:14 AM PST by DManA
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To: TaxPayer2000

$240 billion is enough to end global poverty? LOL


3 posted on 01/20/2013 9:53:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TaxPayer2000

bull sheet.

It has been shown by the lottery winners that you can give poor people money but it will slip right through the fingers of some, spending it on drugs and Dodge Challengers and assorted garbage instead of starting a business or educating the children. And then some of them kill each other over it. It is hard to fix stupidity and lack of integrity and character.


4 posted on 01/20/2013 9:57:05 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Exactly how many flat screen tv’s would it take to end poverty?


5 posted on 01/20/2013 9:57:30 AM PST by TonyM
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To: TaxPayer2000

End poverty for how long? One day?


6 posted on 01/20/2013 9:57:43 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

3 Trillion didn’t end poverty in America.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 9:57:43 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: TaxPayer2000

Without “poverty”, how would commie Democrats get themselves elected? They rely on “poverty”. “Poverty” gives them their “powah”!


8 posted on 01/20/2013 9:58:04 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (HealthCare IS NOT a right. The RIGHT to keep and bear arms is.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
There are some very real limits to just how much wealth one can consume in a single year ~ they are relatively modest. The result is virtually everything the super rich, the really rich, and maybe even the plain old rich has is invested somewhere.

For what it's worth, if you tap into the investment side of the business of being rich you are tapping into the incomes of the employees of those investments.

This is one of the reasons tax systems of all kinds go for the incomes of the middle class and the poor. The idea is the broad masses are used to being poor, so leave them that way.

Modification of the inheritance laws to favor family members over the exchequer or the non profit ffoundation professional class would go a long way toward keeping that wealth invested which will keep people employed and make a lot of relatives of the really rich very happy.

I've proposed many times that we simply require that wealth above a certain level be distributed to the 500 closest blood relatives upon the death of the owner. That way you keep it in the family (to maintain the integrity of corporate interests or large agricultural groups) while busting up the really big piles into manageable chunks.

I think some folks worry this would result in an increased murder rate among the really rich ~ not really something we need to worry about eh.

9 posted on 01/20/2013 10:01:34 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: TaxPayer2000

They could take that $240 billion dollars away from the rich, redistribute it to the needy all over the world, and once those “needy” spend it, they’ll have to come back for another $240 billion, which won’t be there the next time. Then, the needy and the rich will be equally poor and destitute and without a prayer. The rich could probably start over, but what incentives would there be for them, but the number of poor will either remain the same or grow bigger.

Poverty is not something that can ever be overcome by government programs, or by taking money from the well-off to give to the poor, or by just giving them handouts.


10 posted on 01/20/2013 10:03:32 AM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: cripplecreek
$240 billion is enough to end global poverty? LOL

I don't buy it either. The U.S. spends over $100 Billion a year on food stamps alone, and who knows how much on other welfare programs. To think that $240 Billion would wipe out poverty worldwide is ridiculous. Incidentally, if the $240 Billion were spent on poverty programs instead of Rolls Royces and other luxury items, what would happen to all the people who work in factories making those luxury products? Libs can't bring themselves to think about those kind of unintended consequences.

11 posted on 01/20/2013 10:03:54 AM PST by JHL
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To: DManA
National debt? They couldn't even pay off the projected overspend for this year.

Oxfam's report is fair enough, but it ignores some rather unpalatable truths. The problem has never been shortage of resources, or even shortage of good will from the rich countries. After all, most Westerners are of good heart and have no wish to see others suffer. The real problem is the shortage of infrastructure in the 3rd World. You can buy food for their starving millions, but how do you distribute it? There is a shortage of transport and very few good roads. How do you store it? There aren't enough warehouses and few of them have refrigeration. How do you protect it from the bandits and warlords who pretty much control most of the rural areas and would sell it for drugs and guns? Even if aid gets to the needy, how do we stop them from becoming dependent on aid?

12 posted on 01/20/2013 10:04:26 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: TaxPayer2000

“The poor ye have with you always.” J.C. c.30 A.D.


13 posted on 01/20/2013 10:04:50 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: TaxPayer2000
What kind of fool writes this garbage? $240 billion wouldn't run our bloated government for a month. We've spent over THREE TRILLION on poverty in America since Lyndon Johnson's great society plan to create a permanently dependent black voting block and its done absolutely nothing to erase poverty.
14 posted on 01/20/2013 10:05:05 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: muawiyah

I simply cringe every time I see a proposal concerning how someone else’s wealth is to be divied up. I see no positives to that way of thinking. Sorry, I just don’t.


15 posted on 01/20/2013 10:05:40 AM PST by fhayek
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To: cripplecreek

Honestly, it isn’t even arguing with these morons about finance, or anything else for that matter. They aren’t equipped to think. They just have a goal for control over others’ lives and that’s just it...


16 posted on 01/20/2013 10:06:21 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: TaxPayer2000

If money solved poverty then there would be none in America. The Government has spent 16 TRILLION dollars OVER what they took in to spend and yet we still have people living in poverty and homeless..


17 posted on 01/20/2013 10:11:53 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: TaxPayer2000

They could not end poverty by spending/giving money.

They might postpone it for a few months or possibly a year for some, but it would not end. It would not change everyone into a different person with different abilities and priorities.


18 posted on 01/20/2013 10:13:26 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: TaxPayer2000
enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over,

Maybe for a day, what about tomorrow?

19 posted on 01/20/2013 10:14:14 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: cripplecreek
$240 billion is enough to end global poverty? LOL

Don't laugh. The claim was not to end global poverty, but to end extreme poverty world-wide (with $60 billion/year). Extreme poverty as Oxfam uses the term is non-existent in the developed world (leaving aside those deinstitutionalized mentally ill homeless folks who haven't the wit to plug into government or charitable services for the homeless). They are probably using a definition of $1 U.S. (or 0.5 GBP) per day in income at purchasing power parity conversion, though they might be using the World Bank's $1.25 U.S. per day. And yes, that level of poverty could be abolished through the judicious use of $60 billion/year -- abolishing poverty qua poverty is a fool's errand as Our Lord told us, and abolishing poverty as defined by the U.S. government world-wide is an economic absurdity, but then again, but world standards, the American "poor" simply aren't in poverty (leaving aside again the wretched madmen living on the streets who can't or won't take the charity or state aid available).

This being a report from Russia Today, and Russia being an Orthodox country, it is probably a good time to again remind everyone of the comments of St. John Chrysostom, who famously in his exhortations to Christian charity, in a remark much beloved of the left, said that "the goods of the rich are theft from the poor," on alleviating poverty through state action:

Should we look to kings and princes to put right the inequalities between rich and poor? Should we require soldiers to come and seize the rich person’s gold and distribute it among his destitute neighbors? Should we beg the emperor to impose a tax on the rich so great that it reduces them to the level of the poor and then to share the proceeds of that tax among everyone? Equality imposed by force would achieve nothing, and do much harm. Those who combined both cruel hearts and sharp minds would soon find ways of making themselves rich again.

Worse still, the rich whose gold was taken away would feel bitter and resentful; while the poor who received the gold from the hands of soldiers would feel no gratitude, because no generosity would have prompted the gift. Far from bringing moral benefit to society, it would actually do moral harm. Material justice cannot be accomplished by compulsion, a change of heart will not follow. The only way to achieve true justice is to change people’s hearts first—and then they will joyfully share their wealth.

-– St. John Chrysostom on the poor from On Living Simply XLIII

The observation in the RT article should not be taken as a policy prescription for state action, but as a call for the very rich to succor the very poor voluntarily, thereby laying up treasure in heaven where neither thieves break in nor moths and rust destroy.
20 posted on 01/20/2013 10:14:23 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Fiscal cannibalism should be no more tolerable than the big iron pot variety.


21 posted on 01/20/2013 10:15:08 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: TaxPayer2000

A quick Bing search says the world GDP was about $70 trillion last year. So $240 billion is only 0.3% of the wealth created last year. Is this so outrageous?

How many times would $69.76 trillion eliminate poverty?


22 posted on 01/20/2013 10:15:23 AM PST by DManA
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To: Vanders9

Don’t forget that, even if you manage to distribute the food, you end up destroying domestic producers. No one wants to grow rice, for example, if rice can be had for “free.”


23 posted on 01/20/2013 10:16:10 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: JHL

And, by the standards Oxfam (or the World Bank) uses to define “extreme poverty”, leaving aside the mentally ill homeless who can’t or won’t take either state benefits or charity at the levels offered, there is no extreme poverty in the U.S.


24 posted on 01/20/2013 10:16:45 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Baynative
We've spent over THREE TRILLION on poverty in America since Lyndon Johnson's great society,P>I've read it's more like 13 trillion, but who really knows.

All I know as well as you do is it DIDN'T work!

25 posted on 01/20/2013 10:16:48 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: TaxPayer2000
...assuming that if you gave these people money they would spend it wisely or that they would not be right back where they are in a few days/weeks/months.

There would be a run on 40oz Malt Liquor in the US
You probably couldn't find a decent nose bone in Africa
There would be an explosion of babies in South America that would make today's poverty look like Happy Days Are Here Again....

...and in the end they would come back expecting more.

26 posted on 01/20/2013 10:17:37 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: cripplecreek

240 billion (4 times over), so divide by 4...

so they are really saying that only 60 billion is needed to end global poverty. Only 25% of what they earned....


27 posted on 01/20/2013 10:18:34 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Some people just want to grab a meal for the day and a shower and that is life for them. In fact, many (not sure of the percentage but I find it to be a large chunk) people are like that and they will stay poor and could care less to change. They really do not care about stuff..even free stuff.

You can't take from the savers and investors and give it to the masses..it will be gone, with the wind, in a day.

28 posted on 01/20/2013 10:19:47 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/


29 posted on 01/20/2013 10:20:06 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Really twisted thinking. How much money (our tax dollars) have we spent over the years on the “War on Poverty”? Check it out. The Dems, libs, whatever, want the majoity in poverty for their votes.


30 posted on 01/20/2013 10:23:15 AM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Who’s more to blame, the rich who earn the fiat money, the bankers who create the fiat money out of nothing, or hte politicians, who confiscate and spend more and drag us and future generations into massive debt?


31 posted on 01/20/2013 10:25:52 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

“Tax the rich, Feed the poor,

til there are, Rich no more”

Repeat.......ooops !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrUqAtUcpU

The irony of this classic remains.

Shortsighted feel good polices that get votes and leave disaster in their wake.

The Gov’t is like a drug company that has a cure but no disease. The only way to use the cure is to create the disease.


32 posted on 01/20/2013 10:26:21 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: cripplecreek

240 billion only covers 80 days of barry’s overspending every day of 3 billion.


33 posted on 01/20/2013 10:26:42 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Oxfam's report argues that extreme wealth is unethical, economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive and environmentally destructive.

Bull crap. It's unethical to work hard for yourself and reap the rewards? It's inefficient to be productive and earn more than someone who is not productive? It's politically corrosive...perhaps, but only because politicians take the money and use it to their own benefit. Socially divisive? Really? Only if you believe that everyone should be paid the same regardless of effort. Obozo has made it divisive by saying that the rich should pay their fair share, yet fails to point out that the richest 10% foot 71% of the tax burden. Environmentally destructive? England almost denuded itself in the Middle Ages because trees were chopped down for heating. It's only because of an entrepreneurial spirit that alternative heating sources have been developed. Without the work of those "rich guys", we'd all be ice cubes by now.

Environmentally destructive? This piece of research and the paper used to write it, represents an unnecessary denuding of the nation's forest. It's pure political crap.

34 posted on 01/20/2013 10:26:51 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: adorno
They could take that $240 billion dollars away from the rich, redistribute it to the needy all over the world, and once those “needy” spend it, they’ll have to come back for another $240 billion, which won’t be there the next time.

The rich just set up businesses selling beer to the "needy" and it all comes right back. :)

35 posted on 01/20/2013 10:27:27 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: TonyM

no, no....obamaphones end poverty. flat screens tell you you’ve won the lottery.


36 posted on 01/20/2013 10:27:42 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Bookmark.


37 posted on 01/20/2013 10:30:07 AM PST by SoCal SoCon (Conservatism =/= Corporatism.)
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To: fhayek

When will people stop drooling over what others earn and get out and earn some for themselves. Wealth envy is a serious sickness that weakens the individual as well as the country. Envy works to the advantage of the Progressives. It creates the demon to be despised then overthrown with the result that all are miserable in their equality except the leaders, who will live in style and comfort.

ASK THE RUSSKIES HOW THEIR REVOLUTION WORKED OUT FOR 90% OF THEM! Of course 25,000,000 cannot answer, they are dead and buried.


38 posted on 01/20/2013 10:31:01 AM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: DManA
So $240 billion is only 0.3% of the wealth created last year. Is this so outrageous?

Actually, yes. It is a grotesque underestimation, intentionally offered to make it so that more low-information voter will agree with taking more from the evil rich. Once they agree with the premise, THEN they can inform us about the "slight underestimation" and quadruple (or more) what they confiscate from those who contribute more to the economy than the government does.

39 posted on 01/20/2013 10:36:03 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Wealth invested in the means of production is not the same thing as wealth pissed-away on bling and Air Jordans and Escalades.


40 posted on 01/20/2013 10:37:11 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

I’m not falling for this..... obama administration is again pitting one group against the other.


41 posted on 01/20/2013 10:41:27 AM PST by malia
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To: TaxPayer2000
World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

The absurd claim above notwithstanding, in the infantile mind of the liberal, burning the Mona Lisa would keep a homeless person warm for twenty minutes. That's how the mental defectives we know as liberals actually think.
42 posted on 01/20/2013 10:45:24 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: TaxPayer2000

Do the math.

$240B / world population = $35.

The article describes “extreme poverty” as living on less than $1.25/day.
Another $35 per year won’t help.
Relegating that money to just 10% of the population at best raises them to about $2.25/day (or less). That still doesn’t help much: twice dang near zero is still dang near zero.

Not sure how they take that to ending global poverty 4 times over.
And I don’t see the author(s) giving up most of their income to others.


43 posted on 01/20/2013 10:46:23 AM PST by ctdonath2 (End of debate. Your move.)
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To: fhayek; muawiyah
I simply cringe every time I see a proposal concerning how someone else’s wealth is to be divied up. I see no positives to that way of thinking. Sorry, I just don’t.

Same here. Sadly, that way of thinking is increasingly popular. It's no less idiotic. The "rich" can only do three things with their money: 1) Put it in the bank (good, they'll have more to loan). 2) Spend it. (good, they'll purchase goods and services that keep people working). 3) Expand a business with it (good, more jobs).

The idea that someone having a lot of money is a problem is absurd. And it's rooted in the foolish liberal idea that there's only so much money, that the "rich" took too much of it and that's not fair. Total nonsense.
44 posted on 01/20/2013 10:52:12 AM PST by youngidiot (God help us.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

OPRAH already proved you CANNOT END POVERTY BY GIVING PEOPLE MONEY! The big Lottery winners as a rule usually prove it true, also!


45 posted on 01/20/2013 10:59:07 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

I am too worried about my family sinking into poverty to be concerned about global poverty, idiots!


46 posted on 01/20/2013 11:06:56 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: youngidiot
i'm speaking only of how to divvy it up AFTER they're dead. I think it's best to hand it over to the relatives on the outside chance that they carry a gene that put to work can create vast fortunes with immense profits.

Better than just locking the family out and giving the bucks to the professional nonprofit oundation class ~ those people are all scum you know.

47 posted on 01/20/2013 11:10:11 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: JHL
Incidentally, if the $240 Billion were spent on poverty programs instead of Rolls Royces and other luxury items, what would happen to all the people who work in factories making those luxury products?

Not a terribly good argument. Luxury products, by definition, are produced in small quantities and employ comparatively few people, as opposed to products intended for mass consumption.

I understand your point, but as a percentage of the total economy of the world luxury products are a small factor.

As I expect can be quickly shown by comparing the worldwide employee count of Rolls and Lamborghini to that of Toyota and Ford.

48 posted on 01/20/2013 11:10:27 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: muawiyah
i'm speaking only of how to divvy it up AFTER they're dead. I think it's best to hand it over to the relatives on the outside chance that they carry a gene that put to work can create vast fortunes with immense profits.

Better than just locking the family out and giving the bucks to the professional nonprofit oundation class ~ those people are all scum you know.


Yes, but I maintain that it's none of our business what people do with their money, dead or alive. Let them leave it all to Communist if they so desire, we'll have that fight head on.
49 posted on 01/20/2013 11:12:37 AM PST by youngidiot (God help us.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
The richest 1 percent has increased its income by 60 percent in the last 20 years

Which doesn't keep pace with world GDP. Something the article doesn't want you to know.

IE, the rich are getting poorer compared to the rate of world growth.

50 posted on 01/20/2013 11:12:37 AM PST by mnehring
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