Today, I opened up the statement from a Fidelity retirement fund — one of those no-brainers that ends in a year — and it was down more than 30% in the month of September. Whoa! It was one that I didn’t move to cash when I was telling everyone in August that they should get out of stocks.
Later in the day, I caught up with one of those personalized e-mails from Josh Peck at http://www.one.org expressing disappointment that no questions about world poverty were asked during the recent debate between the U.S. Presidential candidates, even though a petition had been signed by 122,000 people and sent to moderater Tom Brokaw.
As the world’s leaders rebuild the globe’s financial systems during Pluto in Capricorn, let’s make sure that alleviating — no, eradicating — poverty in the developing world is part of the agenda. If we’re bailing out Wall Street banks, why not write off IMF loans as well?
To those who say we’re lining the pockets of despots, you’re right — but I’m not thinking of the guys in Africa. I’m thinking of the ones affiliated with Halliburton and Goldman Sachs.