I keep hearing this phrase, “We can’t take care of all the world’s unwanted kids,” in response to George Will’s commentary on Fox. In fact, America can take care of “all the world’s unwanted kids” (nice strawman, by the way. Will is talking about border kids, not the entire planet. Regardless, they’re still wrong). We have an insane amount of wealth, a lion’s share of the world’s food production and more empty houses than we have homeless people. Their assertion is made from a position of forced ignorance. The powers that be (and they adhere to no particular political ideology, either) have a vested interest in keeping us from realizing precisely how ludicrously wealthy they really are.
The problem is that they can’t actually keep you from knowing if you choose to seek the information. In 2012, the world’s richest 100 people earned $240 billion dollars. For the sake of easy to follow math, we’re going to average the income between all 100 people. That’s one year. The average cost to raise a child from birth to 18 is $241,080. That works out to $13,393.33 per child per year. There are approximately 60,000 children at our border right now. To take care of them all would cost $803,600,000 per year, leaving those 100 people with a per year bill of $8,036,000. Keep in mind that their yearly income is still $2.4 billion each, leaving them with a paltry $2,391,964,000. That is just over 1/3 of 1% of their income!
Oh, it shouldn’t just be on the rich, you say? Let’s do the math on actual “notes and coins” US currency alone. There is approximately $1.3 trillion in circulation. If everyone donated 1% of their US money (that’s a penny from every dollar*) for the welfare of these border kids, there would be $13 billion available to feed, house, educate and assimilate these kids. One percent of our money. [* - we throw away $1.2 million in pennies every year. Many end up in our landfills.]
So, tell me again where/how we just can’t afford it? We certainly shouldn’t expect the world’s most insanely rich people to give up 0.4% of their wealth to help a hungry, scared and homeless child, right? Get out of here with that nonsense! Open your eyes and look at the numbers, people. Fixing this is easy, but we have to be willing to look beyond the curtain. If we can’t put aside our differences and unite for the sake of suffering children, we don’t deserve the many gifts that life on this planet has provided us.
Oh, and if you really feel like some fun math, the M2 figures for global currency in US dollars is $60 trillion. You don’t have to trust me, the people who like you divided and ignorant, or anyone else, for that matter. But you can trust the numbers. Math not only doesn’t lie, it can’t.