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The Gap Between Worlds

Discussion in 'World Politics' started by Patrick Henry, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Patrick Henry

    Patrick Henry New Member

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    In America, we are currently facing two main crises – the financial crisis and the fuel crisis. Both of these crises affect our daily lives, whether it’s causing us to be prudent and economical, or causing us to invest less in the stock market, it’s clear that we are all facing the consequences from years of irresponsibility from deregulating the market and not investing in renewable energy– the question is though, what are we actually facing compared to people in Africa.

    Our Crises

    The Financial Crisis

    These times are especially tough, with the housing market plummeting, the stock market crashing, and with the credit crunch. All of these things together make for a deadly combination, and have forced many people into foreclosure, and many major companies into bankruptcy. Many of these things could have been prevented, if more people had been more responsible with what they had, and didn’t take unnecessary risks like buying homes that they couldn’t afford. Yes, America is the land of opportunity, but those people have abused that right, till the point where it affected not only them, but all of us. What we need, is to promote peace and prosperity for everyone, and not just for them.

    The Fuel Crisis

    All though out America, the average gas price is still an astounding $2.39, a huge difference from $4.00 gas that we have been seeing in the past months, but still much higher than previous prices in the past. America needs to start decreasing its dependence of foreign oil, something that has been repeated time and time again. We Americans are not benefiting from our huge dependence on imported oil; Saudi Arabians, Russians and other huge oil producers across the ocean are. By becoming less oil dependant, we will not only benefit our own economy, but also be safer from sky-rocketing prices.

    Their Crises

    The Food, Fertilizer, Fuel, and Financial Crisis

    Africans has already been hit with a number of crises - the food crisis, the fertilizer crisis, the fuel crisis, and now the financial crisis. Now with the financial crisis, things are only getting worse. As the food prices continue to climb, many Africans can't afford to buy staple food for their families, such as rice and fish. More and more Africans who were originally able to survive, are now faced with starvation and famine. African children are dying at an ever-increasing rate, from lack of adequate food and water resources. The money that we have already lost from the current financial crisis, has totaled to more than 10 trillion dollars, if even a fourth of that money had gone to Africans in poverty, we could have made a giant leap in defeating poverty and hunger.

    As you can see, in many cases, we have not yet experienced the extreme; we are merely only in the “eye” of the turmoil. These are hard times for everyone, times for us to really think about what is truly important in our lives and appreciate what we have in life. An average American spends over $50 a day, while an average African spends less than $2 a day. Something needs to change, and for Africans, it's everything. From their lifestyle to the rising prices of their, necessities the economic crisis doesn't just affect America; it affects everyone, black and white, so next time you think of how awful gas prices are, or that extra dollar you had to spend at your favorite restaurant, just remember needy on the other side of the world, who are in a worse position than you.

    From Achilles, on Political World Online
     
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    Pandora Well-Known Member

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    obama is going to do the global poverty act, so we will give trillions of dollars to africa, we will make sure they are taken care of
     
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    It is really only $800,000,000,000, but once it gets funneled through the UN it will most likely be only a few trucks full of rice bags that show up.
     
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    its the thought that counts :)
    liberalism has never been about what is right or what works
    its about what feels good :)
     
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    Sub-saharan africa is loaded with fertile land, and some of the greatest deposits of strategic minerals. Then what's the problem?

    1. Tribal warfare.

    2. Fascist and communist dictatorships.

    3. The men refuse to wear condoms.

    The massive foreign aid to them, the approach of the international aid elite, has been a total failure. The single glimmer of light has been the market solution of microenterprises.

    That continent should be rich, but those folks spend all their time shooting themselves in the foot.
     
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