85 have more money than 3 and half billion people!

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Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jan 20, 2014
Socially and economically, we have created great disparities of wealth. A minority of the world's population (17%) consume most of the world's resources (80%), leaving almost 5 billion people to live on the remaining 20%. As a result, billions of people are living without the very basic necessities of life - food, water, housing and sanitation.
Specifically, 1.2 billion (20%) of the world population now lives on less that $1/day, another 1.8 billion (30%) lives on less than $2/day, 800 million go to bed hungry every day, and 30,000 - 60,000 die each day from hunger alone. The story is the same, when it comes to other necessities like water, housing, education etc. On the flip side, we have increasing accumulation of wealth and power, where the world's 500 or so billionaires have assets of 1.9 trillion dollars, a sum greater than the income of the poorest 170 countries in the world.
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#2 Jan 20, 2014
Moe wrote:
Socially and economically, we have created great disparities of wealth. A minority of the world's population (17%) consume most of the world's resources (80%), leaving almost 5 billion people to live on the remaining 20%. As a result, billions of people are living without the very basic necessities of life - food, water, housing and sanitation.
Specifically, 1.2 billion (20%) of the world population now lives on less that $1/day, another 1.8 billion (30%) lives on less than $2/day, 800 million go to bed hungry every day, and 30,000 - 60,000 die each day from hunger alone. The story is the same, when it comes to other necessities like water, housing, education etc. On the flip side, we have increasing accumulation of wealth and power, where the world's 500 or so billionaires have assets of 1.9 trillion dollars, a sum greater than the income of the poorest 170 countries in the world.
I am not one of the 85.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jan 20, 2014
We gotta follow Russell Brand.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#4 Jan 21, 2014
You should have worked harder.
In Reality

United States

#5 Jan 21, 2014
Moe wrote:
Socially and economically, we have created great disparities of wealth. A minority of the world's population (17%) consume most of the world's resources (80%), leaving almost 5 billion people to live on the remaining 20%. As a result, billions of people are living without the very basic necessities of life - food, water, housing and sanitation.
Specifically, 1.2 billion (20%) of the world population now lives on less that $1/day, another 1.8 billion (30%) lives on less than $2/day, 800 million go to bed hungry every day, and 30,000 - 60,000 die each day from hunger alone. The story is the same, when it comes to other necessities like water, housing, education etc. On the flip side, we have increasing accumulation of wealth and power, where the world's 500 or so billionaires have assets of 1.9 trillion dollars, a sum greater than the income of the poorest 170 countries in the world.
I mean really, what would all the money in the world buy you, if you lived in Sudan? If a billionaire lived there, he would have to eat money, and use money as firewood. To be honest, the people in these countries are living the way most everyone did 600 or more years ago. The difference is, some became a nation of somewhat civilized beings. I am not unaffected by the thought of starving children, but blaming wealthy people is ridiculous. If there are any millionaires out there that are amassing fortunes without providing any kind of useful or viable service to humanity, it's the Hollywood actor, or actress. Yes, the same ones that ask you for money to help the starving children.
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#6 Jan 21, 2014
DavidM wrote:
You should have worked harder.
When I drove a truck, I drove it as fast as I could, and still am not part of the 85 most wealthy.(And am glad I am not.)
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#7 Jan 21, 2014
Moe wrote:
Socially and economically, we have created great disparities of wealth. A minority of the world's population (17%) consume most of the world's resources (80%), leaving almost 5 billion people to live on the remaining 20%. As a result, billions of people are living without the very basic necessities of life - food, water, housing and sanitation.
Specifically, 1.2 billion (20%) of the world population now lives on less that $1/day, another 1.8 billion (30%) lives on less than $2/day, 800 million go to bed hungry every day, and 30,000 - 60,000 die each day from hunger alone. The story is the same, when it comes to other necessities like water, housing, education etc. On the flip side, we have increasing accumulation of wealth and power, where the world's 500 or so billionaires have assets of 1.9 trillion dollars, a sum greater than the income of the poorest 170 countries in the world.
And those wealthy you write about are not going to give it up. They can hire secureity, and will always have what you want to take from them. Your lack of a basement, and running water may look good should you try to take the 1%'s wealth.
And there is a big difference between taking someones property, and haveing them give it to you willingly, in the form of charity.
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#8 Jan 21, 2014
In Reality wrote:
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I mean really, what would all the money in the world buy you, if you lived in Sudan? If a billionaire lived there, he would have to eat money, and use money as firewood. To be honest, the people in these countries are living the way most everyone did 600 or more years ago. The difference is, some became a nation of somewhat civilized beings. I am not unaffected by the thought of starving children, but blaming wealthy people is ridiculous. If there are any millionaires out there that are amassing fortunes without providing any kind of useful or viable service to humanity, it's the Hollywood actor, or actress. Yes, the same ones that ask you for money to help the starving children.
Those that have the wealth have the power. Food and water can be imported, no matter where one lives, given enough money. Those with money that because of screen presence, that ask for money for charities, without supporting the charities themselves, are the worst type of hippo-critters.
Chicagoan by Birth

Mishawaka, IN

#9 Jan 21, 2014
DavidM wrote:
You should have worked harder.
Bravo, someone who understands the whole equation. These do-gooders who think everything should be equal should move to Cuba, or any other Soviet bloc country. See how 'equal' they are treated there? They should 'axe' Putin for a job?
In Reality

United States

#10 Jan 21, 2014
And Moe has never stopped to think about the fact that he is a million times better off than some people, due to the simple fact that he has a basement to live in. Hey Moe, have you offered your basement to a homeless family from one of the poorest 170 countries? as a matter of fact, I think we should take it from you and give it to someone that is not quite as lucky as you are. You see, everything is kinda relative when you think about it.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#11 Jan 21, 2014
By no means am I in that 85 group. But with hard work and savings I don't worry about money week to week or month to month. I live on my retirement most of the time and draw on what my savings make at times. Of course I know people think that people that does not even put forth an effort should have the same lifestyle as one that has worked and saved.
Chicagoan by Birth wrote:
<quoted text>Bravo, someone who understands the whole equation. These do-gooders who think everything should be equal should move to Cuba, or any other Soviet bloc country. See how 'equal' they are treated there? They should 'axe' Putin for a job?

“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

#12 Jan 21, 2014
Are3 you insane? Actors are nowhere near the 1%, and many in fact do help the poor. The most wealthy provide NOTHING and do NOTHING in most cases.

The French had a solution for this back in the 1700's.
In Reality wrote:
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I mean really, what would all the money in the world buy you, if you lived in Sudan? If a billionaire lived there, he would have to eat money, and use money as firewood. To be honest, the people in these countries are living the way most everyone did 600 or more years ago. The difference is, some became a nation of somewhat civilized beings. I am not unaffected by the thought of starving children, but blaming wealthy people is ridiculous. If there are any millionaires out there that are amassing fortunes without providing any kind of useful or viable service to humanity, it's the Hollywood actor, or actress. Yes, the same ones that ask you for money to help the starving children.
In Reality

United States

#13 Jan 21, 2014
cpeter1313 wrote:
Are3 you insane? Actors are nowhere near the 1%, and many in fact do help the poor. The most wealthy provide NOTHING and do NOTHING in most cases.
The French had a solution for this back in the 1700's.
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Generally, the weallthiest own the business that provides the jobs, and those companies usually provide something that the people need, or want. I didn't say Hollywood stars were the richest in the world, but they are better off than most, and for what? They produce nothing. They live in a world of make believe. I don't doubt that stars give to charities. I am sure some do, but, so do a lot of normal, less wealthy, and less visible people, which is exactly why we take exception when someone suggests that we should give up everything we have worked for to even the playing field.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jan 21, 2014
Ralph wrote:
<quoted text>And those wealthy you write about are not going to give it up. They can hire secureity, and will always have what you want to take from them. Your lack of a basement, and running water may look good should you try to take the 1%'s wealth.
And there is a big difference between taking someones property, and haveing them give it to you willingly, in the form of charity.
No honor in begging. Take it in revolution. Feed the babies.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Jan 21, 2014
Chicagoan by Birth wrote:
<quoted text>Bravo, someone who understands the whole equation. These do-gooders who think everything should be equal should move to Cuba, or any other Soviet bloc country. See how 'equal' they are treated there? They should 'axe' Putin for a job?
This belief is a fallacy !

The hardest workers in the world are the poorest and stay that way....til the revolution.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jan 21, 2014
In Reality wrote:
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Generally, the weallthiest own the business that provides the jobs, and those companies usually provide something that the people need, or want. I didn't say Hollywood stars were the richest in the world, but they are better off than most, and for what? They produce nothing. They live in a world of make believe. I don't doubt that stars give to charities. I am sure some do, but, so do a lot of normal, less wealthy, and less visible people, which is exactly why we take exception when someone suggests that we should give up everything we have worked for to even the playing field.
Another brainwashed Reagan zombie.

If people truly got paid for THEIR work.....we would not have this wealth inequality.

Trickle down economics is nothing but the republicans peeing on your head.
In Reality

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Jan 21, 2014
Moe wrote:
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Another brainwashed Reagan zombie.
If people truly got paid for THEIR work.....we would not have this wealth inequality.
Trickle down economics is nothing but the republicans peeing on your head.
Since you are so much better off than the average person in the poorest country, have you decided how to divide the wealth you have amassed?
In Reality

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Jan 21, 2014
Moe wrote:
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Another brainwashed Reagan zombie.
If people truly got paid for THEIR work.....we would not have this wealth inequality.
Trickle down economics is nothing but the republicans peeing on your head.
Well, unforunately owning a business that repairs 5 cars in a 40 hour work week will never make the same amount as the owner of the steel mill that provides the materials to build 50,000 cars in that same work week. I would say that the owner of the auto repair shop probably works harder than the owner of the steel mill, but guess what, they both are generating income for their employees. What part of this don't you understand? If I have 50 people working for me, that make 30K a year, I probably will make more than the guy who has 2 people working for him for 30K a year. If you don't like the sound of "trickle down", call it something else, but it's 50 jobs, feeding 50 families, oh yeah, and those 50 families probably own cars that will need to go to a repair shop at one point or another. See how it works? You think communism is the answer because your life sucks, but remember how much better off you are than the poorest in the world.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Jan 21, 2014
In Reality wrote:
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Well, unforunately owning a business that repairs 5 cars in a 40 hour work week will never make the same amount as the owner of the steel mill that provides the materials to build 50,000 cars in that same work week. I would say that the owner of the auto repair shop probably works harder than the owner of the steel mill, but guess what, they both are generating income for their employees. What part of this don't you understand? If I have 50 people working for me, that make 30K a year, I probably will make more than the guy who has 2 people working for him for 30K a year. If you don't like the sound of "trickle down", call it something else, but it's 50 jobs, feeding 50 families, oh yeah, and those 50 families probably own cars that will need to go to a repair shop at one point or another. See how it works? You think communism is the answer because your life sucks, but remember how much better off you are than the poorest in the world.
You are brain washed. The auto factory should be owned by the workers.
In Reality

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Jan 21, 2014
Moe wrote:
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You are brain washed. The auto factory should be owned by the workers.
LOL!!!

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