This was a nice bumper sticker sentiment on the back of the vehicle in front of me. Curious, I looked into what the campaign behind this nice suggestion was. In the province I live in, it is basically a lobby to increase rental allowances to those on social assistance and to adjust appropriately for future inflation increases. I suppose this is a good idea in a society that desires to perpetuate poverty for the long-term rather than deal with educational deficits that cause the problem in the first place.
Make poverty history by increasing welfare thereby keeping people poor and dependent on a dysfunctional system? Makes perfect sense to me.
My vote would be geared toward making all government positions a flat tax-free rate of $50 000 with a performance review every year. This way we could put the newly freed funds toward improving education, wellness and infrastructure. In Canada, we pay politicians a very healthy salary to steal from the commons. Paul Martin (former Prime Minister) will continue to receive over $200,000 per year in Canadian pension and he is the man who signed the North American Union Act which effectively dissolved the trade borders between Canada, U.S. and Mexico.
If we look at this world of ours as a business, OUR BUSINESS, then we can quickly find out why it is in the shape its in by having it audited. For the most part, individuals are kept occupied with jobs and television to be bothered. As long as there are food pellets when we push the food pellet button we will put up with the condition of our cage system.
The trouble comes when we start asking real questions and truly think about what needs to be done.
By the way, no one making $250 000 per year from the problem will be willing to honestly seek out proper solutions and…
I wish people promoting band-aid causes would stop marketing them with absolute statements about ‘making poverty history’ when the very system they lobby creates the poverty in the first place. Poverty is not an accident.
There is only hungry bellies and storehouses of wheat said the Buddha dude. After this rant, you would think I could end it with a clever way to end poverty but I cannot. The problem involves all of us and what we allow for ourselves and others.
The problem starts when the people who labored to make the stuff have 30% of the earnings stolen from them and a 300% profit margin added to the stuff they now have to buy back. Then it spreads to the banks that ‘loan’ the difference with interest. Now, everyone who created the stuff with their labor is busy working more to pay back fake loans from the banking illusion to buy the very stuff they made in the first place. Those who fall through the cracks of this broken system can go fuck themselves because they are seen as less than those who are barely making it by with a $100 000 per year but up to their neck in debt.
My clever solution to this ridiculousness is that we all just stop. Stop for one year. Abandon the sinking ship and start helping each other build a better world based on a common vision.
First, we’d have to start a dialog about what that vision is while asking why we are so afraid of losing stuff in the form of material goods and antiquated ideas that imprison us.
Perhaps, it is how we define who we are.