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  •  Giving people money won't end poverty (1+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM

    because eventually the money runs out.  What people really need is decent paying jobs, not charity.  

    •  The Catholic Church could start business's. (0+ / 0-)

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

      by ZenTrainer on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 11:34:02 AM PDT

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      •  First, its not that simple to set up a business (1+ / 0-)
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        Secondly, why would the Catholic Church focus its resources on the United States, one of the richest countries in the world?  That money would be much better served in Africa, Asia and South America.

        We, the United States, have more than enough to take care of our own IF we would invest in a sound fiscal policy.  Looking to the Catholic Church to do it is the height of stupidity, hypocrisy, greed and cynicism.  

        •  Yes, I thought of that. They could easily put a (0+ / 0-)

          well in every village in Africa, Asia and South America, but you were talking about job creation.

          And the Catholic Church has many lawyers at it's disposal who could set up a business in an afternoon I would imagine.

          And my remark was tongue in cheek. I believe the Catholic Church does have enough money to feed ALL the poor in the world, but as I said in my original comment, it's not their job. And they are not going to get up off of their money anyway.

          Plus, I'm not sure the US is one of the richest countries in the world. On some lists we don't even make the top 10.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/..._(nominal)_per_capita

          Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

          by ZenTrainer on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 12:26:59 PM PDT

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    •  But giving people money . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      can ease a lot of suffering, keep people housed & fed, & keep children healthy & in school. And no, the money wouldn't "run out" - the U.S. has the largest economy in the world & is the fifth-richest in terms of per-capita income. There's nothing wrong with a little redistribution of wealth. If fact, it's become imperative.

      •  We were talking about the Catholic Church (0+ / 0-)

        not the US gov't, in terms of "giving money away."  We agree.  I was arguing the responsibility for impoverished people in this country falls on the US gov't, not the Vatican.  The US Gov't could double food stamp expenditures tomorrow if the will was there.  

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