02 March 2011

Look at the BIG picture!

I stole this from Damian:
A union member, a Tea Party member, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle is a plate with a dozen cookies. The CEO reaches out and takes 11 cookies then says to the Tea Party member:

"Look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie."
But it fits a thought I had this morning as I read the Economist's survey on feeding the world (including two billion MORE people by 2050!).
At a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) industrial countries in 2009 the assembled leaders put food alongside the global financial crisis on their list of top priorities, promising to find $20 billion for agriculture over three years.
That's about $6 billion per year, or $1 per person, on food research. That's not much money, especially when you consider:
You get my drift? The folks who are in charge are spraying fountains of money at stupid ideas that aptly demonstrate how governments are corrupt and fail while doing little or nothing to fund programs where, arguably, governments are best suited to contribute (global public goods).

Bottom Line: There will be nine billion people on Earth in 40 years and we can't even manage with seven billion. Governments are making the situation worse. Better to fire the politicians, shrink the government by 90%, and let citizens figure out how to solve these problems, with their money.

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