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Old 10-31-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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Why Africa is so poor.


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The question is: why does the wealth of Africa fail to trickle down to the masses who suffer abject poverty in the midst of plenty?

The Problems Of BIG Government And Corruption

A major factor responsible for the impoverishment of the African people is big government. A penchant for creating jobs for party members, relations, and friends leads to over-bloated "governments" across Africa.

Often, ministries and departments are created haphazardly without due regard for economy or efficiency. In per capita terms, African countries tend to have more ministries, ministers, and parliamentarians than other developing or developed countries...

allAfrica.com: Africa: The Price of Big Government and Corruption in Africa - Lessons for Ghana After Oil Discovery (Page 1 of 5)

Basically too many ministers are eating up much of the money from Africa's natural resources that could be better used in other areas for their country's development.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:34 AM
 
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Africa won't improve until somebody goes in there and takes over the country and then not be corrupted by its easily corruptible citizens... catch 22... how are you not corruptible when you come from a country of corruption? The cycle never ends... I said this like 20 years ago... its amazing that people are catching up...
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Africa won't improve until somebody goes in there and takes over the country and then not be corrupted by its easily corruptible citizens... catch 22... how are you not corruptible when you come from a country of corruption? The cycle never ends... I said this like 20 years ago... its amazing that people are catching up...
Wrong.

Africa won't work until true capitalism is allowed to flourish. And it requires that government NOT run things.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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Wrong.

Africa won't work until true capitalism is allowed to flourish. And it requires that government NOT run things.
That's why you find so many educated Africans living in capitalist countries.

I'd say that it's more that gov't shouldn't overly run things. Even in the capitalist U.S the gov't does run things that it can handle better than the private sector.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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Africa won't improve until somebody goes in there and takes over the country
Oh Africa is a continent.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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African problems are typically more to do with tribal politics than anything else.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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African problems are typically more to do with tribal politics than anything else.
Those tribal politics are related to BIG gov't over there. With so much of the power and wealth being concentrated by the state you have different tribal groups wanting their people in power to redistribute the wealth to their tribe. Africans refer to this as fighting over the "national cake". In this sense too much nationalization has contributed to tribalism in Africa.

More market oriented economies would create a different climate. The state wouldn't be the main focuse. Interacting with various tribes on a business level would be the main focus instead in a market economy reducing tribalism.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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Uganda's situation:


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This government aid, Mwenda feels, does little more than allow governments to spend beyond their means.

Where does the government money go? He argues that it goes disproportionately – roughly 25% of the Ugandan national budget – to “public administration”, in other words, “mostly patronage”.

He points to 70 government ministers and 114 presidential aides, “who never see the president except on television… and then the President advises him, not the other way around.” There’s 333 members of parliament – “you need Wembley Stadium to hold our parliament.” Mwenda believes that cutting international aid would force governments to cut their own spending and address these core questions like corruption.

Getting rowdy with Andrew Mwenda | ... My heart
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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That's why you find so many educated Africans living in capitalist countries.

I'd say that it's more that gov't shouldn't overly run things. Even in the capitalist U.S the gov't does run things that it can handle better than the private sector.
Can you name any of those things? I can't.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:34 PM
 
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Why Africa is so poor.


Basically too many ministers are eating up much of the money from Africa's natural resources that could be better used in other areas for their country's development.
Why isn't this thread at the TOP of the heap? After all Big Govt. IS the problem - helped along by the banksters.

According to Lyndon Larouche at LaRouchepac.com, we could cure 85 percent of our problems with the debt crisis if we just reinstated the Glass-Stegall Act which had reigned in the gangster bankers for years since Roosevelt passed it. Then Clinton came along and decided to let the banksters run wild and they repealed it. Then with Barney Frank's help, the banks were encouraged to do the subprime mortgage lending and then came the fake mortgage backed securities and derivatives and then when they lost their shirts WE THE PEOPLE bailed them out of their gambling debts and they are STILL GAMBLING and we are still bailing them out indirectly with all the quantitative easing from the private Federal Reserve Bank! What has Congress done? Most of Congress has sold out to the banksters! They are enabling the runaway inflation, U.N. Agenda 21, and the police state not to mention allowing Homeland Security to purchase arms to use against US of all things and they are using OUR MONEY to do so. When are we going to WAKE UP???

If WE THE PEOPLE don't get the LEAD out and realize that WE ARE BOSS and Hold Congress Accountable we'll be just like Africa. Just look at Chicago and Detroit if you need foreshadowing.
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