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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Half of the world lives on $2 a day or less - How to Change that

It happened again. Tonight I went to hear a speech by former EPA Administrator, William D. Ruckelshaus (Remember Watergate and the “Saturday Night Massacre”?) at the Houston World Affairs council on an “Initiative for Global Development” he is part of with Bill Gates, Sr., former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Shalikashvili, etc.

I didn’t expect to meet him but found myself being introduced to him as “a local hero” who had run against Mr. DeLay. At this news, Mr. Ruckelshaus looked very interested and starting asking me questions about the district, etc. I guess he was amazed I was still alive.

He went on to give a fascinating talk on a program to get businesses involved in reducing the most extreme poverty in the world. Why? Because poverty is bad for business, it’s that simple. The more people can raise their economic standards, the more business prospers. If people have a stake in the future, they are less likely to blow themselves up or gravitate towards extremist leadership.

They are focusing on people making only $1 a day, which are $1.2 BILLION people. He noted that we have 3 billion people—one half of the world -- who are making $2 or less per day. Their website is

We have a long way to go.

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