Sunday, July 12, 2015

FDR and Pope Francis, on Greed

Above: President Roosevelt, on board the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis, 1936. During the D-Day Invasion in 1944, Roosevelt said a prayer, "perhaps the most widely heard prayer in history." Near the end, he asked God, "Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances." Photo courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

Above: Pope Francis in Rome, 2014. Yesterday, during his visit to South America, "Pope Francis appealed to world seek a new economic model to help the poor, and to shun policies that 'sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.'" Photo courtesy of Jeffry Bruno and Wikipedia, used under the CCA-SA 2.0 Generic License.

Considering that the super-wealthy are adding hundreds of billions of dollars to their already-bloated wealth, every single year, often through private prisons, cancer-causing tobacco products, usury, tax evasion, fraud, perpetual war, sweat shop factories, stagnant wages for workers, and economic favors acquired through bribery campaign contributions, you have to wonder...will we ever heed the words of President Roosevelt and Pope Francis? Or, will we keep adding to the ranks of homeless children, while the super-wealthy keep buying gold bathtubs for theirs?

(See Forbes' facts & figures for super-wealthy Americans, 2013, 2014, 2015.)

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