Food for Thought

This year the banks and financial institutions receiving bailout money decided to hand out over $18 billion dollars in US Taxpayer Money in bonuses. Here’s some food for thought:

$18 Billion Dollars is twice the amount allotted for the mass transit stimulus package. That money would be used to shore up America’s roads and bridges – and help make sure that tragedies like the bridge that collapsed in Minnesota never happens again.

$18 billion dollars is also 12 times the amount needed to provide every man, woman, and child in Africa a long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito net that would protect them from malaria for 5 years or more.

Whether or not you think this is a convenient time to be worried about fighting global poverty, let’s never again say there isn’t enough money.

10 Responses to “Food for Thought”


  1. 1 Santanu Sinha Chaudhuri

    This a shame, indeed. And it is good that the USA now has a president who thinks it is a shame. Let us hope things will change for the better and a day will come when the world will not be driven by greed.

  2. 2 Santanu Sinha Chaudhuri

    This a shame, indeed. And it is good that the USA now has a president who thinks it is a shame. Let us hope things will change for the better and a day will come when the world will not be driven by greed.

  3. 3 dudeguy

    It’s ok to have a comment.

  4. 4 dudeguy

    It’s ok to have a comment.

  5. 5 amit

    why do you have personal blogs now and why is it protected? dont you think it should be separated?

  6. 6 amit

    why do you have personal blogs now and why is it protected? dont you think it should be separated?

  7. 7 Shawn

    Amit – this blog started off as a way to stay in touch with my friends and family. Since then it’s grown a lot – but I still want to use it for that purpose. Password protected posts is my solution to that.

  8. 8 Shawn

    Amit – this blog started off as a way to stay in touch with my friends and family. Since then it’s grown a lot – but I still want to use it for that purpose. Password protected posts is my solution to that.

  9. 9 Linh

    I’m totally frustrated with that load of bonuses, but those who are receiving it remains SILENT. Aren’t they so greedy? By the way, whatever we’re talking are just grass-root opinions, even when they are broadcasted on TVs. And Obama is constrained by a bunch of lobbyists.

    I assume the argument of those receiving bonuses is that they think they are so important, without them the financial system will collapse. Therefore they have to get benefits to work.

    On another note, there’s an executive guy saying that he ONLY use (his million $) bonus to buy necessary things. What the hell is that? One only needs millions to buy a private jet, luxury car or yatch. One doesn’t need that much to buy bread and water or pay for shelter. Those are the necessary things.

    I just feel so sorry for the guy (Ervin Lupoe) who shot his family and himself for losing job. He’s blind & idiot, people are receiving millions and you kill yourself.

    What can we do?

  10. 10 Linh

    I’m totally frustrated with that load of bonuses, but those who are receiving it remains SILENT. Aren’t they so greedy? By the way, whatever we’re talking are just grass-root opinions, even when they are broadcasted on TVs. And Obama is constrained by a bunch of lobbyists.

    I assume the argument of those receiving bonuses is that they think they are so important, without them the financial system will collapse. Therefore they have to get benefits to work.

    On another note, there’s an executive guy saying that he ONLY use (his million $) bonus to buy necessary things. What the hell is that? One only needs millions to buy a private jet, luxury car or yatch. One doesn’t need that much to buy bread and water or pay for shelter. Those are the necessary things.

    I just feel so sorry for the guy (Ervin Lupoe) who shot his family and himself for losing job. He’s blind & idiot, people are receiving millions and you kill yourself.

    What can we do?

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