Pope Francis pleas to protect the poor, Earth

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 21, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    JoeBlow--for what it's worth:

    * don't ever feel guilty for creating success.
    * a little money to make a little more. Go in small steps, and invest wisely.
    * be taken advantage of? A wise person won't allow that happen.
    * not always honest? Neither you, or I can prevent it. We just deal with it, and make adjustments.
    * Al Gore, or Nancy Pelosi's wealth doesn't make me any poorer. Maybe wealth isn't the right word. We can all be well of.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 21, 2013 7:33 p.m.

    Thanks for the answer worf.

    I can agree with much. But what troubles me is your assertion (correct) that people are taken advantage of and "it may not always be honest".

    There was a time when CEO's made 30 times their average worker. Now it is 300 times. While, by any measurement, worker productivity has steadily climbed. Their pay has lagged far behind.

    I contend that the deck is stacked in favor of the rich. You know, the ole, "it takes money to make money".

    And it will always be that way. And that's fine. But, I disagree that "collection of wealth can be possible with all people". However, when societies are made up of the very rich and the very poor, it is not a healthy society.

    I fear that it where we are going.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 21, 2013 5:51 p.m.


    * Does collecting wealth at the top , mean others are being robbed, and become poor? No!
    * This is happening because some know how to manage money. It may not always be honest.
    * It will continue, because many people are uneducated, and have no survival skills. Therefore they are taken advantage of.
    * Collection of wealth can be possible with all people.


    * Zambian worker lives in poverty?--Educated people with survival skills would not allow this to happen. This is the path our people are following.

    Expand your world view--educated people with strong moral values cannot be controlled by greedy corrupt people. It just doesn't happen.

    Let's quit with the envy, and coveting. Being Obamanized is not healthy for our country.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    March 21, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    How hard one works doesn't necessarily correspond with what one earns, or how wealthy one becomes. I would say those who work bent over in 100+ degree heat picking the tomatoes we eat work as hard or harder than many CEOs ever have. The Republican Partys' worship of the wealthy class runs counter to the religious values they espouse. Success in life is due in large part to pure luck.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 21, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Worf, Nope. Rich is a good thing. And yes, there will always be rich and poor, and yes it is fair. And yes, it is fair that some will make honor roll and some wont. I get it. Some are smarter, and some work harder. Things will never be equal, nor should they.

    There, did I answer all your questions? Now, if I may, I have a couple of questions for you.

    It is hard to deny that the wealth is moving towards the top. There are any number of stats that will verify that.

    So, Let me ask you

    - Is it a good thing for the money to be collecting at the top?
    - why do you believe it is happening?
    - do you think it will continue?
    - is the collection of wealth at the top good for our country?

  • fkratz Portland, OR
    March 21, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    worf- Protecting the rich from what exactly; environmental regulation on industry which harvests third word wealth without giving anything back and paying little or no tax? If you are interested, have a look at the copper mining industry of Zambia. A Swiss company, the largest of its kind in the word, has produced billions of wealth while the average Zambian worker lives in poverty. Please expand your world view.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 21, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    JoeBlow--is being rich a bad thing? Not fair because someone else is poor?

    Is it wrong for a student to be on the honor roll, because someone else isn't? Honor roll students become our doctors, engineers, dentists, businessmen, etc.

    I think we protect success, and, so what if they're rich.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 21, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    "Protecting the rich will prevent people from being poor."

    Could be. But one thing we know for sure is that "protecting the rich will prevent the rich from being poor"

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 20, 2013 12:57 a.m.

    Protecting the rich will prevent people from being poor.