[Hpn] Re: [nhhomeless] Re: [Hpn] NH affordable housing editorial - Your opinion? FWD
Tue, 12 Sep 2000 06:25:42 -0400
Well said and right on!
Welcome aboard and thank you for your postings keep us honest and thinking
of other ways to save our world because it is pretty messed up and man has
been the most serious of polluters!
William Charles Tinker
25 Granite Street
Northfield,New Hampshire 03276
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> ``People don´t know what is happening, and they don´t even know that
> they don´t know.´´
> Nowhere is this more evident than the economic sphere; specifically the
> free market globalization policies that are being imposed on the world
> Focuses on how the environment is being destroyed at a phenomenal pace.
> Nearly 30 percent of the natural world has been destroyed since 1970
> with serious depletion of the forest, freshwater and marine system on
> which life depends. Although a growing population is part of the
> problem, increased consumption has been the main problem. Under current
> economic policies, if the world economy as it is now structured
> continues to expand, it will eventually destroy its natural support
> systems and decline.
> The 1998 Human Development Report, issued by the United Nations
> Development Program deals primarily with the social consequences. This
> study reveals that only 225 people, the worlds richest billionaires,
> have a combined wealth equal to the poorest 47 percent of humankind.
> Equally iniquitous is that the three richest people in the world have
> assets that exceed the combined gross domestic product of the 48 least
> developed countries -- 10 million people.
> The one thing at which the free, unregulated free markets are truly
> efficient in is transferring wealth from the many to the few. This is
> dramatically exposed right here in the United States, the richest of all
> free market countries. We have close to 200 billionaires, but nearly 20
> percent of American children live in poverty. Some 20 percent of our
> senior citizens live out their ``golden years´´ in poverty. The 1997 tax
> bill passed by Congress gave the richest 1 percent of Americans annual
> tax breaks averaging $11,000, nearly as much as janitors, salespeople,
> and food servers make in a year. The richest 1 percent of American
> families own more than 40 percent of the national wealth.
> The United States now has the worst economic disparity of leading
> industrialized nations. This makes a mockery of our professed democratic
> The government of this country is not doing enough to make sustainable
> development a realistic goal for every individual. The fundamental
> constraint to achieving sustainable development is social inequality and
> its associated evils: poverty and ignorance.