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U.S. intelligence predicts global poverty plummet by 2030


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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 29, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    Not unless we rid ourselves of corrupt leaders.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    July 29, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Poverty means instability. Instability is the business of intelligence.

    I wish it were true.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    July 29, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    First of all, people are hardly ever poor because they are lazy, hunger is very motivating. People are poor because they are cut off from resources.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    July 29, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Some good comments. As long as we trust in government as the know it all, do it all, we will fail at everything, includig eradicating poverty. It will be obedience to correct, liberating principles, not the glib tongues of powerful, political leaders, that will solve the world's problems, from energy, education, agriculture, water, to crime, tyranny, terrorism, and poverty.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    July 29, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    You all remind me of my father: preach doom and gloom so you will be right in case things don't work out. But that contributes to the failure you are predicting. Why not take a chance, go out on a limb, and predict good things? That would also contribute to the outcome, but in a positive way. Who cares if everything turns out bad? We will certainly know how to complain about that! But won't it be wonderful if good things actually happen, and poverty IS virtually eliminated? I'd rather feel part of the solution, and not part of the problem.

    Cheer up, folks! The resources are there if we, meaning "all the world", can decide to do whatever is needed and get rid of poverty. Of course, that is a lofty goal, but I'd rather fail trying to make it happen than moan and groan and sit idly by and watch it fail.....

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 29, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    How Moronic. They think that 0.5B people living on less than a dollar a day is "virtually eliminating" poverty?

    Maybe they should ask one or two of that 0.5B.

    Poverty could be eliminated today. But it is used as a tool in many parts of the world (US included, if the current administration continues to have their way) to control and manipulate the populace.

    The Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, and there is enough and plenty to spare. The problem is not one of production, but one of distribution, and always has been.

    Unfortunately, as long as corrupt, power-hungry regimes rule, there will always be suffering poor below the poverty line. That is why so many of us have to believe in the power of ONE.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    while this is a commendable goal, I doubt it will happen. We have wasted $16 trillion on our own war on poverty; more people and a larger percentage of our population are now in poverty than at any time in our history.

    Unfortunately there will always be those who cannot or will not take care of themselves. As long as they exist, we will have the poor among us, and it is incumbent on us to take care of them - willingly, not through some inefficient, wasteful, corrupt government wealth redistribution system.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 29, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    "... new technological developments could help close the gap between food and water shortages and need."

    Interesting... the reality is that although energy and food can be substituted with novel forms (e.g., wind, solar for fossil fuels... and grasshoppers and insects are fast become a staple in developing countries to substitute traditional meat), WATER has no substitute. With another 2 billion people planning to enter the plant in the coming decades, there's no question that the price of all commodities connected to WATER will skyrocket in price.

    China has already polluted much of its fresh water supplies and is already having problems serving its 1.3 billion citizens with basic water needs. Much of our current energy needs -- from fracking to nuclear power to coal- and gas-fired generation requires significant water. Water used for energy can't be used immediately for drinking or food production.

    Extreme water rationing and rapid waste/sewage treatment technologies will be necessary in the near future... I'm not optimistic about the prospects of that.

    A middle class existence will probably require a lower quality of life than we know today.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 29, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    So we are paying trillion dollar government spy organization to investigate poverty?


    The only country left out of the study is America, where poverty is on the rise and will exceed all other 3rd worlds by 2030.

    And who is going to feed and build homes and create industries in all these 3rd worlds to plummet poverty? The US can't feed or do anything to help any of them, we are too poor and poverty stricken to even help ourselves.

    Our government thinks our economy is growing but in reality we are a sinking ship of fools.