Now that everyone knows that we all have taken part in killing Mother Earth, and that all races/nationalities matter and should take responsibility for their own, I mean look around, everyone is taking care of their own anyways, so why not get better at it for those that clearly need to.
Let’s move on finally to the next problem & solution.
Yesterday can not be returned and what is done is done and is in the past. Okay everyone got that so that leaves the question, what should we do today, and not tomorrow but today?
Let’s take small steps towards healing Mother Earth, remember and healing each other, remember and finally elevate one another and stop holding each other back.
Every country needs to take better care of the people, all people.
Every country #1 priority should be the people, all the people. Y’all put money, business,politics (money & business), religion (faith & business), and your own greed before people. How is that working out for everyone? How is that working out for every country? Every country (Islands or continents, countries) are so fukked!!!, Why you ask, because you don't make PEOPLE the #1 priority. Let’s look to nature for some visuals. When an animal or mammal has babies and it's clearly their own babies, then all of the sudden the mom or dad or both starts eating the babies, and if the babies are lucky enough, one or two might survive long enough to become an adult in the wild. That is what every country is doing to their own people and all the people that live there (all nationalities).
Every country needs to take better care of the people, all people (all nationalities that live in that country). There have been so many Great Empires that were built on the labor of slaves. Where are they now? What do you think will happen with the few Empires/or Countries that were built by slaves and continue to be built by slaves now, today. They just replaced the word slave with a new word, as they decided to throw their crumbs at you and distracted
y’all / us (if you fall under this category). And just because they keep throwing their crumbs at you, does not mean you're not slaves. A lot of people today are still modern day slaves.
So colonies, empires, countries, nationalities or whatever you want to call yourself, remember this, what is build with slaves (God’s Children), always falls down before GOD, the true God, the Alpha and Omega (and I’m not talking about the brand, since that all y’all want know). Every country needs to take care of the people, all people (all nationalities that live in that country).
That should be the #1 PRIORITY, PEOPLE.
These 15 countries have the widest gaps between rich and poor
• Gini coefficient: 0.35 (pretax + transfers: 0.48)
• Unemployment rate: 8.7%
• GDP per capita: $23,710
• Poverty rate: 16.8%
• Population: 1.9 million •
Latvia's Gini coefficient of 0.35 is the 15th highest among the 42 OECD member states and affiliates for which data exists. The Baltic nation narrowly edged out Israel for a spot on this list. Latvia may struggle in the future to sustain economic growth as it faces a declining population. The nation's population contracted by nearly 0.9% over the last year. The decline in population will likely translate into a decline in the workforce and less economic activity, which could hamper economic growth in Latvia.
14. New Zealand
• Gini coefficient: 0.35 (pretax + transfers: 0.46)
• Unemployment rate: 4.7%
• GDP per capita: $35,777
• Poverty rate: 10.9%
• Population: 4.8 million
Higher labor force participation can help drive down income inequality as a higher share of working people can reduce the poverty rate and shrink the gap between rich and poor. Yet this is not the case in New Zealand, which still has among the highest income inequalities despite having one of the highest labor force participation rates. More than 70% of New Zealanders aged 15 and older are in the labor force –- the second highest rate among OECD member states and affiliates
13. United Kingdom
• Gini coefficient: 0.35 (pretax + transfers: 0.51)
• Unemployment rate: 4.3%
• GDP per capita: $39,425
• Poverty rate: 11.1%
• Population: 66.0 million
Though the United Kingdom has one of the widest gaps between rich and poor residents, the country is doing more than any other on this list to reduce this inequality. Countries can redistribute wealth using personal income taxes, workers' social security contributions, and cash transfers. The U.K.'s Gini coefficient, after factoring in these redistributions, drops by more than 30%, the greatest reduction among nations on this list.
12. South Korea
• Gini coefficient: 0.36 (pretax + transfers: 0.41)
• Unemployment rate: 3.7%
• GDP per capita: $35,020
• Poverty rate: 17.4%
• Population: 51.5 million
With just 3.7% of its labor force out of work, South Korea has one of the lowest unemployment rates among wealthy nations. Still, the high-income inequality in the country is highlighted by the fact that, despite the low jobless rate, 17.4% of South Koreans live below the poverty line.
President Moon Jae-in took power in 2017, promising economic reforms, including an 11% minimum wage increase. The measure has been widely criticized, however. While businesses argue the increase is stifling growth, workers argue it was not large enough.
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• Gini coefficient: 0.38 (pretax + transfers: 0.49)
• Unemployment rate: 5.2%
• GDP per capita: $24,417
• Poverty rate: N/A
• Population: 144.5 million
Russia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but a disproportionate share of that wealth is concentrated at the top. The country's income inequality is largely the product of its system of government. Russia has a Corruption Perceptions Index score of 28 – tied for the worst among OECD member states and affiliates and one of the lowest in the world. Oligarchs with close ties to the Russian government can use those relationships to earn lucrative business deals, essentially mounting hurdles to upward economic mobility in the country.
• Gini coefficient: 0.38 (pretax + transfers: 0.52)
• Unemployment rate: 7.1%
• GDP per capita: $28,032
• Poverty rate: 16.9%
• Population: 2.8 million
Over the past year, Lithuania's population shrank by more than 1.4% – the largest decline by far of any OECD member states and affiliates. A population decline can lead to reductions in the workforce and limit economic growth – especially in Lithuania, a small country with fewer than 3 million people. On the other hand, a well-educated workforce can help drive growth, and Lithuania has the highest bachelor's degree attainment rate among OECD member states and affiliates at 34%.
9. United States
• Gini coefficient: 0.39 (pretax + transfers: 0.51)
• Unemployment rate: 4.4%
• GDP per capita: $53,632
• Poverty rate: 17.8%
• Population: 325.1 million
With a GDP per capita of $53,632 and an unemployment rate of 4.4%, the U.S. economy appears healthy. But the benefits of a strong economy are not evenly enjoyed by all Americans. Of the 325.1 million Americans, an estimated 17.8% live below the poverty line. U.S. taxes and transfers do a relatively poor job of leveling out the economic playing field. While most nations' Gini coefficients decline by more than 30% after taxes and transfers, the U.S. Gini coefficient declines by only about 23%.
• Gini coefficient: 0.40 (pretax + transfers: 0.43)
• Unemployment rate: 10.8%
• GDP per capita: $23,756
• Poverty rate: 17.2%
• Population: 80.7 million
Almost by definition, free-market economies will produce winners and losers, and like nearly every other country on this list, Turkey's is a largely free-market economy. Turkey spans both Europe and Asia, and it has the worst income inequality of any European country and third worst of any Asian country considered.
In recent years, government officials have leveraged their power to target and harm political opponents economically. This has been followed by undermined confidence in Turkey's financial institutions, several credit rating downgrades, and likely, increased inequality as power and money converge.
• Gini coefficient: 0.45 (pretax + transfers: 0.49)
• Unemployment rate: 7.0%
• GDP per capita: $22,614
• Poverty rate: 16.1%
• Population: 18.1 million
Chile has one of the most developed and fundamentally sound economies in South America. It also has some of the continent's worst income inequality. Just over 16% of the coastal country's 18.1 million residents live below the poverty line – and many of them are likely among the 7% of workers who are unemployed.
Chile implemented tax reforms in 2014 to help reduce economic inequality. What effect these reforms will have over the long term remains to be seen.
• Gini coefficient: 0.46 (pretax + transfers: 0.47)
• Unemployment rate: 3.4%
• GDP per capita: $17,200
• Poverty rate: 16.6%
• Population: 129.2 million
Only five OECD member and affiliate states have worse income inequality than Mexico. In the majority of countries on this list, taxes and transfers reduce income inequality by well over 10%. In Mexico, however, taxes and transfers only close the income gap by 3.2%, the smallest improvement of any country on this list after India. Government corruption likely hampers progress toward greater income equality in Mexico as the country is tied with Russia as the most corrupt on this list.
• Gini coefficient: 0.47 (pretax + transfers: 0.58)
• Unemployment rate: 12.8%
• GDP per capita: $14,098
• Poverty rate: 20%
• Population: 209.3 million
Slammed by its largest-ever recession in 2015 and 2016 and roiled by political corruption scandals, Brazil's economy has struggled in recent years. Brazil ranks among the most corrupt countries on this list. Currently, one in every five Brazillians lives below the poverty line, and about 4% of the population lives on just $3.20 a day.
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, took office in January and pledged to end government corruption and reduce state intervention in the economy. What, if any, effect this will have on reducing income inequality remains to be seen.
4. Costa Rica
• Gini coefficient: 0.48 (pretax + transfers: 0.53)
• Unemployment rate: 8.1%
• GDP per capita: $15,208
• Poverty rate: 20.4%
• Population: 4.9 million
Costa Rica enjoys some of the highest living standards of any Central American nation – as partially evidenced by a GDP per capita of $15,208. Formerly dependent primarily on agriculture, Costa Rica's economy now relies mostly on tourism. Despite stable economic growth in recent years, the nation's poverty rate has remained between 20% and 25% for the last two decades. Tighter budgets have diminished the country's social safety net in recent years, and recent credit rating downgrades could slow economic growth going forward.
• Gini coefficient: 0.50 (pretax + transfers: 0.51)
• Unemployment rate: 2.6%
• GDP per capita: $6,147
• Poverty rate: N/A
• Population: 1.3 billion
Home to 1.3 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world and has some of the worst income inequality. In the majority of countries on this list, taxes and transfers reduce income inequality by well over 10%. In India, however, taxes and transfers only close the income gap by 2.6%, the smallest improvement of any country on this list. With a diverse economy ranging from subsistence farming to major industrial companies competing at a global level, India is rapidly modernizing and transitioning to a more liberalized economy.
One major impediment to income equality in the country is a prevailing culture of discrimination against women. Fewer than one in every four women over age 15 in the country participate in the labor force, compared to about 79% of men of the same age.
• Gini coefficient: 0.51 (pretax + transfers: 0.55)
• Unemployment rate: 4.4%
• GDP per capita: $14,401
• Poverty rate: N/A
• Population: 1.4 billion
Having recently transitioned from a totalitarian socialist economy to a more market-oriented one, China's economy is unique on this list. As a result of the transition, economic growth has been rapid in recent years, but the country remains economically hamstrung by tight government controls and corruption. Likely due in part to the close relationship between government and business in the country, China has the third highest corruption score among the countries on this list. Taxes and transfers only reduce income inequality by 6.2% in China. In most countries on this list, taxes and transfers reduce inequality by well over 10%.
1. South Africa
• Gini coefficient: 0.62 (pretax + transfers: 0.72)
• Unemployment rate: 27.3%
• GDP per capita: $12,287
• Poverty rate: 26.6%
• Population: 56.7 million
Income inequality in South Africa today is, in large part, the legacy of the government's former policy of apartheid. The policy segregated the country's black majority from the white minority to the great economic and political disadvantage of the former group. Apartheid was the law of the land from 1948 to 1994, and many of the economic disadvantages that were law during that near half-century are now so deeply entrenched that South Africa has the worst income inequality of any OECD member or affiliate state. More than one in every four workers in the country are unemployed, and frequent labor strikes and skill shortages hinder the country's economic growth outlook.
To determine the countries with the most uneven distribution of income, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed post-tax and transfer Gini coefficients published by the OECD . We also considered data on GDP at purchasing power parity, poverty rate, unemployment, GDP per capita, as well as social spending (which the OECD defines as “cash benefits, direct in-kind provision of goods and services, and tax breaks with social purposes”) – all from the OECD. We also reviewed the Corruption Perceptions Index from global corruption watchdog Transparency International to gauge levels of public sector corruption. All figures are for the most recently available year. All ranks are for the OECD member and affiliated states with data available.
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