Sunday, April 13, 2014

Everything is just Great

So for a lot of non-profits, the pressures of budget season has swept over us like a northern gale... sorry, I actually don't know what that means. But essentially as the state budget is being released, more individuals are getting e-mails in regards to issues like this one. More and more non-profits that provide crucial services to the community are struggling to get the funding to stay viable.

A lot of these non-profits operate on budgets in the hundreds of thousands or tens of thousands in comparison to a state budget in Mass that can be around 30 billion dollars. If we're to do the math, when a lot of social service and non profit organizations ask for a half million dollars to disperse across youth development organizations, organizations that support the arts, health and human services we're talking about .0015% of the budget. That's a drop in a barrel that all these organizations have to then divert immense amounts of energies to advocate for that often seems futile to the legislatures representing us because it is just a drop in a barrel in funding. 

If as a society, we are tolerating the gross inequities in wealth that create some extremely dire circumstances for probably around half of our population, then at the very least we should  make sure that the very little needed to ensure service agencies to support those in these dire circumstances are able to function well. It's very little financially to ask, it's the moral thing to do and it's the economic thing to do. If we spend money on ensuring that the youth in our communities are well supported and have access to the adequate resource to function in today's information economy, than that's less money we have to spend on $20,000 - 30,000 a year on prison and other societal costs (though the prison industry might not be in favor of American society actually bettering itself as that's not profitable for them).

So in contrast to this, next year maybe in January, we'll have the pleasure to see the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. There, you can meet the 85 people who have more wealth than HALF OF THE WORLDS POPULATION. These 85 folks who probably just have a lovely time together in Davos, have more money than 3.5 billion people and of course that makes sense and is how things should be.

Where dreams are made if you're richer than anything 
So look, some people might profess that values of the free market, but to these extremes, the effectiveness of society is extremely limited and the ability of a large portion of our world to pursue a better life is devastated. In the end it can just feel sad and pathetic.

In a report released by Oxfam in regards to the World Economic Forum held  back in January, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was quoted in saying, "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we cannot have both."


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