Throwing in the Towel…

The United States ranks #1 in charitable giving in the world, both in terms of dollars and percentage of GDP.  In 2008, Americans gave over $300 billion, much of which went to other countries.  Most recent in our minds are the relief efforts for the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and Hurricane Katrina.  We have donated billions to help these countries rebuild and recover from these disasters.  I, and I would assume most people, find these events tragic.  However, I don’t believe that our country, or Americans, or anyone should be donating billions of dollars to help these people.

There simply isn’t enough money available to truly help these people.  Even our hundreds of billions of dollars every year is but a drop in the bucket, a band aid on a bullet wound.  We must allocate our finite resources where they will make the biggest difference, even if it means that today we must make a difficult sacrifice.  Many undeveloped countries are nothing more than collections of famine, disease, and poverty.  And have roots that go deeper than money.

If we can shed this dead weight weighing us all down, holding us all back, we would be free, free to solve tomorrow’s problems rather than yesterday’s.  I think we are at a fork in the road, so to speak.  We must decide if we are going to forfeit tomorrow to drag the rest of the world along, or, instead, take our first steps forward as a new people, with the memories of the old in our minds and their sacrifice in our hearts.

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A Theory Disproven. A Few Billion Dollars Misspent. A Country in a Crisis.

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Social ills are rampant in parts of America.  As seen in The Wire, our country has high rates of crime.  Noticing this, spending to combat this problem increased dramatically.  From 1987 to 2007, the year of the advent of the current recession, federal spending on corrections rose an inflation-adjusted 127%.  Furthermore, total state general fund expenditures on corrections rose 315%.  In trying to rid our country of one problem, we contributed to the creation of a massive other one – a deep financial recession.

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Child labor in India: Can organizations make a difference?

India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world; however it still suffers with poverty, illiteracy, highest child birth death rate, malnutrition, among others. When studying the country something that caught my attention was the amount of child labor occurring in the country. Many companies have suppliers in India and I began researching if they have been doing something to help this growing problem. To my surprise, a lot of suppliers alleged that providing jobs to children was part of the Indian culture. However, do you think that an 8 year old heading to work considers that part of their culture? Furthermore, why are these children working at such a young age? Continue reading