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  •  First of all, in 1985 there were 4.8 billion (19+ / 0-)

    people, and today the population estimate is 6.7 billion.

    Second, I don't think you can measure resources only in terms of dollars. To elevate the standard of living of someone in most of the impoverished nations of the world would not require a dollar amount equal to what it costs to sustain a lower-middle-class American.

    Moreover, in the U.S. and other industrialized societies so many resources are devoted to what are unnecessary consumer products that pile up in attics, basements, garages and on eBay.

    I'm not against all luxury items, nor am I anti-capitalism.  However, I do wonder if investors could not make as much money creating a market for and producing goods genuinely needed in poorer regions of the world.

    Quite frankly, the best place to start redeploying resources would be to reduce the production and merchandising of arms and weapons systems and apply those resources to humanitarian pursuits. I daresay that a $250 contribution to OxFam will go much further to advance the human condition than $250 spent to acquire another AK-47.

    Given that OxFam claims that for $20 it can buy enough maize to feed a family of four in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia for six months, think of the impact diverting funding from one F-22 fighter jet, costing $140 million, could have on alleviating hunger.

    The challenge, from my perspective, is not a lack of resources, but how to employ them more effectively.

    "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." JFK - January 20, 1961

    by rontun on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 11:51:54 AM PST

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