My son sent me a link to a fun web site where you can see how you rank, wealth-wise, to the rest of the world. Just type in your annual income, click the button and there you are.
I made the 128millionth level — not too shabby, but hardly in the same ballgame as Bill Gates. If you make $35,000 a year you are in the 277millionth level, not too bad again when you consider the world population is 6 billion or so. Maybe 7 billion, who knows?
Needless to say, the web site has an agenda — to make all us stinking rich Americans feel guilty about wallowing in wealth while some guy in India gets by on $5 a day or whatever it is (an annual income of $1,500 a year makes you the 1.48billionth richest person in the world, still well ahead of the pack).
The idea is to pry some money loose for charities, but it also shows how the wealth of the world has been concentrated among a very few.
Even allowing for different economic levels, Americans have it pretty well off. I remember years ago some guy in Provo telling me that if people in India could live on $100 a year, Americans ought to be able to as well, and I said that was OK for him as long as he was willing to live in a mud hut with no utilities, eat nothing but rice and wear the same clothes all year.
But, in truth, even a salary that allows someone in Bangalore to live a decent life would be starvation wages here. I doubt $100 would buy a year’s worth of rice, let alone anything with protein or vitamin C — scurvy anyone?
But the web site is a nice simplistic way to look at things, so should be popular. Given that the GOP is going to start doing its best to eliminate all governmental support of charities as socialistic, we’re all going to need to do more giving as well.
And speaking of simplistic:
The only thing that I’m still scratching my head over last week’s election is the delusional state some in the Tea Party still have,. as well as the inordinate amount of power others are giving that same so-called political movement.
Here’s one guy saying Sarah Palin cost the GOP control of the Senate, and another where Jim DeMint (Our guy Mike Lee’s partner in supporting Energy Solutions) claiming that Christine O’Donnell could have won if the GOP had butted out.
Never mind that one is blaming the Tea Party and the other is saying the GOP messed up all that lovely TP purity, how about this as an answer to both of them: The voters aren’t as dumb as you think they look.
O’Donnell and Angle and Joe Miller simply didn’t make their cases to the voters that they are sane enough to be in Congress. DeMint, especially, seems to have a pretty low opinion of the American voter to spot a fraud.
Then again, he got reelected, so maybe he has some cause for that feeling. Then again, he’s from South Carolina, where “Hiking the Adorondike Trail” is now a dirty euphamism, so who knows?