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Why Some People are Rich and Others are Poor

Have you ever wondered why so few people own so much of the world's wealth? How did some people get so much money? Why is it that the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing?

Sometimes people blame the poor for being poor. Indeed there are certain actions that do sometimes prevent people from escaping poverty; having a big family, not getting an education, and so on, but these things are not directly related to why some people are rich.

The poor are making the rich richer. Every time a middle class, or low income person, shops at a chain store such as Walmart, or eats at a chain restaurant such as McDonalds, or buys a international product, such as Pepsi, they are handing their money to the rich company that owns the store, restaurant, or production company. They are giving their money to the rich business owners, overpaid, CEOs, and so forth. They are sending money out of their local economy forever (in the form of profits).

To make matters worse the poor also force businesses to make the rich even richer. Every time a person uses a credit card, or debit card, the business where that card is used has to pay a fee to the credit card company or bank. Bankers, such as the Rothschilds, are some of the richest people in the world, why are the poor making them richer?

What it comes down to is that the middle classes, and the poor, are not supporting each other, they are supporting the rich instead.


  • Shop at Local Small Businesses
  • Pay with Cash
  • Eat at Independently Owned Restaurants
  • Shop at Farmer's Markets
  • Buy Products Made By Small Manufacturers

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BrenndaMarie wrote on January 31, 2015, 2:33 PM

Shopping at small family owned shop is great it helps the local economy as well. I do much of my hopping at Farmers markets anyway. Great article

WordChazer wrote on January 31, 2015, 2:50 PM

Shop at Local Small Businesses - we have none here, they're all big conglomerates
Pay with Cash - occasionally, or at least my debit card which has no overdraft
Eat at Independently Owned Restaurants - we don't eat out much anyway
Shop at Farmer's Markets - love them
Buy Products Made By Small Manufacturers - love my unique handcrafted items

And one point you missed. Sometimes, the poor make themselves poorer. They insist on buying brands instead of store's own products, and brands are usually more expensive. Over here in the UK, all the grocery stores have their own branded goods, economy, mid-range and premium products. We tend to eat the economy ranges mostly. And the reduced to clear on-date scratch and dent items. I'm not proud. I don't earn a great wage, just a reasonable one. There's not much left at the end of the month these days.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 31, 2015, 3:48 PM

Great way to help each other. Too bad my area does not have too many small shops anymore. Many things I cant get with out going to the big store

Anja wrote on January 31, 2015, 4:03 PM

The poor have to shop at Walmart or another discount store with huge buying power. They can't afford the price markups at small, local businesses. And those who can afford to shop at Farmer's Markets, don't. They go to Whole Foods.

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 31, 2015, 4:29 PM

A lot of the times, Wal Mart has the better price for lower middle class people like myself. I really am trying to pinch pennies and it seems like bigger chains have the better deals.

Feisty56 wrote on February 1, 2015, 2:18 PM

I've long believed that supporting local businesses supports the community as a whole. I shop local when what I want to purchase is available locally, but also, sadly, when my budget allows it.

LindaCPearson wrote on February 12, 2015, 7:01 PM

Unfortunately, one of the few ways I have to stretch my budget and not end up poor is to bargain shop at such places as Walmart. I do also patronize some local businesses that offer something I can't find at the Walmart type stores.