Sunday, June 13, 2010

The world isn't getting any better.

Who's seem the news recently? I haven't, so I'm writing about something I thought up a while ago.
A few months back, I was having a conversation with a friend about what I would do if I was the Prime Minister. And since I'm treating this blog like a column in a newspaper, I am acting like a columnist, which means I know exactly how to run the country and the politicians don't. But that said, I feel like the world isn't getting any better. In fact it is getting worse. There have been three riots in different country's within the last month! More children are dieing in Africa, not less. Murder is a common thing, every week on the news. The only good thing that has happened recently, is that we have managed to pull ourselves out of a recession. But, we must be doing something wrong. And everything comes down to people, I think New Zealand, and the world, needs a bit of a sorting out. So I will be starting a little series on how to fix the world, one New Zealand law at a time....

Monday, June 7, 2010

The world isn't getting any better. Part one: poverty.

Poverty. It is everywhere. But the sort I am talking about is third world poverty. According to UNICEF, 24000 die each day due to poverty. So I've come up with a solution....
Pay more tax. This is the exact opposite of what we want. On the last election we spent our vote on whoever promised us the biggest tax cut (of course we never got a tax cut really, and the little one we did get will soon be destroyed by the raising of G.S.T). But we shouldn't be a selfish nation. What would this extra tax go toward? Some of it would go to the normal things, roads, prisons, the poor, hospitals, ect ect but with more money they could do a better job (who likes waiting for three hours in a hospital waiting room, with blood poring out your head, which you hurt when you crashed your car on a bad road? nobody!). But a large chunk of this tax would go toward poverty. In September 2000, the 189 countries of the United Nations agreed to “spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty,” specifically hunger and the “major diseases that afflict humanity.” This was going to be achieved by a program in which twenty-two countries promised to donate 0.7% of their country's total income (this apparently will generate $195 billion). But New Zealand still hasn't achieved this, in fact we haven't even set a goal. You think that in ten years we could have got close, surely? We currently donate 0.29% which is quite a way from the ideal 0.70%. But, even if we did make it to that goal, I don't think it is enough. It should be at least : 1%. But, we could do 10%. If we really were going to “spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty,” specifically hunger and the “major diseases that afflict humanity.” then we would donate 10%, or at least 2%. And we would sort out poverty very quickly. However, if New Zealand did that on its own it wouldn't save the world. But imagine if America did it? Or if all twenty-two countries did it? What would happen then? There wouldn't be a child dieing every second. Thats what would happen. Children would have food to eat. Thats what would happen. Children would have schooling. Thats what would happen. Those children would grow up, and know how to get decent jobs. Thats what would happen. And after one generation the world would be a better place. Thats what would happen. But it would cost a lot. And we would have to be prepared to accept this. But if we really were going to “spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty,” specifically hunger and the “major diseases that afflict humanity” we would.