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What are your ideas for solutions around helping our generation's effort to end extreme poverty in the world?
11-19-2012, 02:28 AM
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What are your ideas for solutions around helping our generation's effort to end extreme poverty in the world?
Half the world – nearly three billion people – live on less than two dollars a day. Eradicating poverty in our world will take dedication and creative thinking. What ideas do you have to contribute to the solution?

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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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I believe there are two things that will benefit the poor the most.

Many families rely on the contributions of three and four generations to survive. Disease can cause an upset in that balance, putting extra burden on contributing members. The better we can be at preventing disease, the better the chances are for survival.

Better access to clean water would be a huge help to people. Clean water would offer better chances for good hygiene and disease prevention, drinking water for better health, and water to feed animals and irrigate gardens. I'm sure there is a reason why we don't do this, but I would think that digging lots and lots of wells would be a priority in impoverished areas.

The other thing I think would benefit the poor is access to better education. Just being able to read can help a person be successful, and knowing how to add and subtract can help prevent exploitation. The better an education a person has, the better their ability to help themselves and help their families and community.

My pieces of this puzzle would be to provide fresh water for disease prevention and production of food and an education to help people make wiser choices, handle their affairs better, and help others in their community.

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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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obliterate extreme religion issues.

religion should work for you, not work against you.
but in this case this already loses before the fight begins.
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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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Revamp the American education system. American high schools should be some of the baddest institutions in the world. Create more competition for teaching jobs by raising salaries - I am of the impression that even the least intelligent of individuals can learn under the proper atmospheres. If the system was revamped in the manner I envision, Americans, members of the most powerful country in the world, would be better armed to combat poverty and worldly issues. We would also be more likely to contribute innovative ideas to the age of technology, which will eventually revolutionize the way we live. Perhaps then we will be able to live more efficiently, potentially eliminating poverty.
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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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Quit putting the word Dr. in front of a person's name for bullsh-t, and let them be paid the same amount as the person who cleans their office. They are both doing their job - why should one get more? Can a person help it if they were born dumb and with no talents?

If I am trying to make a point, I suppose it is start with yourselves. Look at what you do - how you operate from an economic and ethical perspective and ask - if everyone were doing this, would there be poverty in the world? If so, how bad would it be? I.e., if a person is trying to profit as much as possible at their neighbor's expense, someone's gonna do without.

Chrisitians look at the wrong part of the Bible - they quote what "Jesus" was telling Jews about 2000 years ago - will have the poor with you always etc. - seeming to use it as an excuse of sorts to justify the existence of poor people. The most relevant part of the NT is Acts chapter 4 & 5. Look at how the believers gave what they had to the congregation and held all things in common. No one these days is dropping dead for not doing that, so I would not blame a person for doubting if that ever happened - but that is the model for believers to follow from an economic perspective.

I agree to some extent we have to start at home, but frankly some places are blessed with abundant resources and some are virtual wastelands. Neither can everyone live in the good areas. So there has to be give & take - alot more giving from those places which have. People obviously should work to be productive wherever they are.

Yet in the real world, people do what they have to do to get by regardless of anyone else.
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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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Charity begins at home..I strongly believe that that the other half well to do ppl..collectively can make a change.
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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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Heavy death tax from which the proceeds go to social programs.

Mandatory military or charitable service term.

Punish white collar crime.
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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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This is an excellent question........I will be spending a few months in Calcutta this summer and have been researching the poverty there.

I think everyone (in the US anyway), should have to spend some time in extreme poverty conditions......as some kind of educational experience. Can you imagine the insight you would receive if you not only had to know about poverty, but live within its bounds and thrive within it?
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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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Poverty is relative to each individual situation. Let's say the global population suddenly has 3 meals a day. But some receive hamburgers and fish sticks while others are eating steak and lobster. Now we have a new class of those in poverty because they only get to eat hamburgers. So, where do you draw the line? Global socialism would be the only real way to end "extreme poverty" as you call it. So, are all of you willing to give your income to the gov't and let them provide for your food, shelter, health care? Instead of worrying about global poverty, instead focus on what you can do on a personal basis. Maybe work at a soup kitchen feeding homeless. Donate a little money to the local food pantry. To the person reading this answer, take a look at your surroundings. Yeah, I bet you have a PC maybe with high speed internet. A car outside, probably food in the fridge. Sure, let's say you worked hard for all that. Fine. Did you donate any of your time or a few dollars last year to help someone less fortunate? I'm not saying tithing of some sort is mandatory, but even a few extra dollars from millions of people would really help. Don't rely on the fed gov't to take care of the poor.
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11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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START HERE AT HOME!
Tell all the fat greedy people in the world, that they should show compassion and share.
lower the inflated prices of pharmaceuticals, and medical care for old and disabled people, restrict the illegal immagrants so they will not use the funds we need to feed and help the legal americans.
Give to your church and take advantage of tax deductions and have yard sales and donate to Goodwill.
randome acts of kindness daily, prevent rediculous law suits, make everyone pay school tax and county tax, not just home owners,
when an animal dies on the road (in the winter), give it to poor for food.
Give people kits to filter gas/oil so they can use old used McDonald's oil for their cars...
volunteer in your community and look out for your neibors..
Vote!
buy from your local venders and farmers instead of imports...drive an American vehicle.
read labels of everything you buy and make sure they don't catch fish with nets, use animals for testing, ubuse animals in processing, abuse human rights for the workers in their factories, and buy from the murchants who donate to causes, buy from the local fire company BBQ instead of going to a Berger King,.
Teach YOUR children and tutor them in their schoolwork, know the teachers, know the kids friends, keep them home especially at night, save for their college early (at birth). Plan parenthood, teach abstinence, Preventing uneducated ignorance enables more world leaders, activists, and great minds to find answers for change...don't let them fall into drugs and drop out.
Poverty is from (I believe) imbalance and ignorance.
If we are all educated and aware of the world around us we all can do many things to help the world so there will be no poverty.
We need to keep the rich from getting richer and allow the poor and the middle class to profit from their hard work and not be used and abused. People need to know that if they do not follow the guidelines of morality, we will not buy from them. then people in other parts of the world will work and earn a good wage, jobs will be available for everyone and at prices affordable and the resources of the world will not be wasted.
We can pick apples in the yard and animals will be available in the wild and in the waters, pollution will clear up eventually, and the world can flourish. we all volunteer and help eachother, churches will have funding, and can help when we can't, and compassion will grow.
why don't all the filthy rich people like Trump use their private jets to ship some food overseas to people who starve?
we spent TRILLIONS of dollars killing people in the war over terrorism, if the war is necessary..... then it SHOULD be illegal to profit by it.....especially if there is a conflict of interrest...Mr Bush who did not bother to control the fuel prices.....
I educate, donate, and volunteer daily and so do my children who are vegetarians...(this may not be for all people, but this is what I chose to do and my children made their own mind to not eat meat.) I eat chicken all the time....they were tired of eating meat that was not killed right and the thaught of it being dead for a week, before they ate it, made them sick...fresh live chickens go into a chicken factory...out comes the electronicly deboned chicken franks...think about it.
what about the sports men and women who make 7 Million dollars a year! will you miss one?
I believe in Democracy and those who work hard should be paid more and usually we work years till we pay for our college, anyway there should be a moral responsability to go with higher income. If you are in charge or people under you...wouldn't you be sure they were treated fairly? paid fairly? I would.
I asked a woman who needed a job if she would clean for me and she said yes. I work a lot and I support 5 people, I need some help. I am not married either. She said she would work for 8 dollars an hour. I knew she had 5 children and could not speak English well. I knew the house cleaners make $15 an hour around my home...I told her I would pay her $15 an hour. she was a good help to me and I also helped her...this is responsable Democracy. when I had something I did not want anymore or did not need, I offered it to her free...and when my vaccuum cleaner broke, she fixed it free. Her daughter needed shoes and wore my daughters size. when my daughter went to Europe, many of her new and used clothes were given to Svetlana.
When you see someone hungry, do you offer them food? my children have given their food to others many times. when they were small we would go to McDonalds and homeless people would beg. they would order and then give their food to the homeless people..and then we would go home and eat...inside I was proud of them...I did it on purpose. I let them choose to give it away.
One Christmas we descided to give gifts to an illegal Mexican boy who had no father and had no shoes to wear to school. The kids all got only one small gift but we shopped for two weeks for the boy and his mother and grandmother who worked in the fields 7 days(all day) each week.
The kids are 18, 20, and 27 now and they still say that was the best christmas we ever had.
I took them to a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving one time to eat their turkey dinners...they had heartache and ate with smelly and dirty people...when we left they were quiet...a few days later they could not stop talking about things they wanted to do to help...my daughter made Tshirts to sell for $10 each and benefits went to the soup kitchen. My son said he felt like no one is better than anyone. The other son descided he was going to volunteer for the boys and girls club nearby so he could tutor children who had no father, to be an example for them.
thanks for letting me share.
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