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The Power of Money

Posted by redsatellite on September 15, 2008

When I read something like this, it truly takes my breath away. It only reinforces my belief that we in America…have the richest poor people on the planet.

At least 21 people were crushed to death Sunday during a cash handout in an eastern Indonesian town. The people- mostly women, children and the elderly- had lined up in the town of Pasuruan, about 500 miles (804 kilometers) from the capital, to accept 40,000 rupiah ($4.25) each from a wealthy businessman.

A stampede ensued after panic broke out, pushing some into a fence, local media reports said.

“The local government had no prior knowledge of this handout, therefore the necessary personnel needed to secure the process was not in place,” said Pasuruan mayor Aminurrohman, who like many Indonesians go by one name.

Yep….four dollars and twenty five cents. 21 people dead. You can’t even wrap your head around that kind of insanity. I’m absolutely CERTAIN the poor in this country, not only have $4.25 cents, but would hardly be stampeding to get it- if they didn’t. They might get slightly irritated when people cut in line or mildly cranky if the $4.25 turned out to be a coupon. But there’s no way in Hell’s Kitchen, you would’ve had that kind of reaction.

The average welfare check here in America? $400.00….and that’s not including food stamps. If you’re poor….be grateful you’re poor HERE. Americans, rich or poor, are incredibly blessed….beyond their imagination

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