Trivia 2B


You just know an item like this could only come from Bush Country, only this time it’s Jeb Bush’s Florida we’re talking about.

When the Disney Corporation built the Epcot Center and the nearby Disney Animation Studios, they also built the town of Celebration for their employees. As a part of Celebration Disney constructed a multi-million dollar, state of the art school with small classes, high tech teaching tools and the latest in progressive educational systems. With school districts all around the nation forced to make do with no books, limited supplies and crowded classrooms, one would think that the parents of Celebration, Florida would thank their truly grand fortunes to have their children is such a wonderful school system. As usual, one would be wrong.

Nope, these “high achievers” are “speaking up” and making some demands of their own. Do they want even better equipment or smaller classes? Of course, not. These spoiled, greedy lumps are demanding free admission for their children to Epcot and the animation studios. As the report on National Public Radio exclaimed, when “high achievers” decide to speak up, “what they say gets results”. If only it worked for those in poorer districts, too. Ah, America! What a country! ( 1 )

As just another example that completely obliterates the fallacy of even a shade of liberalism in the media, I offer a recent New York Times article by Peter Kilborn, titled “Help Wanted, Meaning Help Can Be Fussy”. In the article, Kilborn grumbles about the fact that even those offering their employees the absolute minimum in wages are being forced to add “bonuses” in order to acquire qualified help. What massive and profit busting incentives might he be complaining about? Such huge offerings as $100 signing bonuses for roofers and a “gift certificate program for high performers” at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Oh, my! How can America ever stay competitive in the Global Economy when Corporate America is forced to give away such valuable assets which easily decreases the multi-million dollar bonuses that their executives receive by, what? Maybe ten or fifteen dollars? How dare the average American steal from the nearly poverty stricken corporate suites? ( 2 )

Are we getting bored with facts and figures detailing the real economy that the world faces and not the insanely bright and cheery silliness that the Conservative Media is so happy to push? We are? Too bad. It would be impossible to talk about it too much, at least until some small fairness and justice can be reintroduced into the world.

The world’s richest 20% own 86% of the world’s gross domestic product.

The middle 60% own just 13% of the world’s wealth.

The porrest 20% own only 1%.

The income gap between the top fifth and the bottom fifth is now 74 to 1 (it was 30 to 1 in 1960).

1.3 billion people in the world have no access to clean water.

1.3 billion people live on less than $1 a day.

840 million are malnurished.

24,000 people die every day from starvation and other hunger related causes.

The assets of the world’s wealthiest citizens have more than doubled between just 1994 to 1998.

In fact, the three wealthiest people have more assets than the 48 poorest nations.

Fifty-five nations have seen the real per capita incomes drop in the last three years.

The 1997 United Nations Human Development Report states that it would cost only $40 billion a year to provide basic health and nutrition, family planning information and services as well as water sanitation to the entire world’s population. What, exactly, does $40 billion mean to America?

It is less than one-fifth of the Pentagon’s budget.

It is less the one-fifth of one percent of the world’s income.

Just a 1% contribution of the assets of the world’s wealthiest 200 people would provide universal access to primary eductaion for every person on Earth.

A 5% contribution would provide full social services for every human being.

A 0.1% tax on international money transfers for just one month would raise $45 billion.

0.5% of the annual gross domestic product of the United States alone would provide every human being on Earth basic social services.

Finally, according to the report, just $80 billion would a year would not only provide social services for every human on Earth but it would also lift all of the world’s poorest people out of poverty. ( 3 )

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