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Published: Thursday, Dec. 26 2013 12:10 p.m. MST

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Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

We need a world-wide re-distribution of the wealth God has given us.

And then, some wonder why so many 3rd world countries hate America.
And think bombing them into submission is somehow the answer.

tesuji
Bountiful, UT

To "Open Minded Mormon":

I completely agree with you. D&C 49:20 says the resources of the earth are "not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin."

However, I would like to read some comments here, if anyone knows of *practical* ways to help these poor people.

Just giving them money may not solve the problem in the long term. "Teach a man to fish..." as the saying goes.

Perhaps education? But will there be jobs in their country when they graduate? I know in some countries there are lots of college educated kids who can't find jobs afterward. Egypt and Bangladesh are two that I've heard of.

Bad economic policies and poor government may be a factor in these countries. What to do about that?

Any ideas, from people who know more than I about this issue?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Corrupt governments and leaders are a huge problem in these third world countries. The Philippines has that issue. Most of the money is pocketed by the leaders and they quickly leave the country with the cash.

Barack thought graduating a large percentage of Americans from college is the answer. The problem is if they don't have a job to go to, then they just have debt they are paying off with a low paying job.

The secret is an honest government, and giving business a reason to grow. Give more opportunities to people to create a business and take the risk themselves. Yes, there is a steep learning curve. I think if we had classes that people can take at a low cost, to show them the ins and outs of loans, type of businesses to start etc. Get the brain juices flowing and people will find or create something that others are willing to buy.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"We need a world-wide re-distribution of the wealth God has given us."

I agree in principle… but not in practice. What we need is world wide opportunity for all. That means tearing down a lot of old colonial built economies and providing real opportunity to these people. Most people don't want to be dependent on others, regardless of what you hear. When someone is dependent, they are leveraged, and enjoy less freedom in determining their own outcomes.

The wonderful thing about the changes in the world we see today is that the world truly is flattening. What used to be closely held by a few, knowledge, is now becoming widely accessible. And with knowledge comes the power to control ones own destiny. Governments should be investing in making opportunity for all - and in doing so - all will enjoy the benefits of a rising tide. But it is opportunity that rises the tide for all…. not the other way around. Reaganomics and trickle down is probably the slowest and least effective way of helping all people.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

"China has seen greater stability than it has in the last several years, Al Jazeera reports, as the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has dropped from 26 percent to 6 percent since 2007."

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People who refer to a need for, "...a world-wide re-distribution of the wealth God has given us." should remember that the incredible decrease in the extreme poverty that was the lot of the vast majority of Chinese just a generation ago has been possible only because they abandoned the socialist/Communistic system of centralized "re-distribution of the wealth" in favor of the **only** system that has been consistently proved capable of actually improving the lives of billions of people. That is, of course, capitalism and, in the case of the formerly strictly Communistic China and Russia, a measure of free enterprise.

All the idealistic talk of economic equity so common among socialists always seems to ignore the dismal record of its most extreme form.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

It ain't by always rising taxes, devaluing the dollar, rising the cost to live and never giving them a raise.

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

It doesn't help that in many areas like Bangladesh, in Africa, even in China despite 'official reports' that the choices allowed don't include any ways out of poverty. Try to start your own business. Then watch goons from either the local government or a large established business (maybe an exporter) come and tear it all down and stomp on your leg for good measure.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

6:21 p.m. Dec. 26, 2013

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For some strange reason,
seeing the nets placed around the FoxCom building in China to catch suicide attempts doesn't support your arguement about the joys of Capitalism...

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

India's government gets to decide who will be successful and who will be poor in their country. How many rich people in that nation do you think are willing to trade places with someone in poverty? My guess would be close to zero.

Government is not efficient or effective or fair in "redistribution of wealth" or picking winners and losers. The best system that we know of is capitalism. But, government gets in the way and is bought off by those with money. They regulate us peasants, while giving themselves loopholes.

Hate to burst the liberal bubble, but, even barack huessein Obama is very guilty of accepting payoffs to give his rich friends a less costly ride. Yes even barack plays the game, no matter how much you tells you otherwise.

Again, if we just freed up the access to loans, cheaper education in business, finance....if we had lower taxes then people will have a huge incentive to create their own business, generate their own wealth, purchase items, sell items. Governments role will be to make sure everyone is honest (audits of taxes), ensure there isn't discrimination etc. Not telling us who will be successful basedon campaigncontributions.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

U2's Bono has learned and has it right. Free enterprise and free-market capitalism has taken (and will continue to take) more people out of poverty, by far, than any other system or experiment. No communist country has ever been able to even feed itself, and socialism guarantees the equal distribution of misery and poverty. The secret to lifestyle is productivity, and the secret to productivity is opportunity and incentive.

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