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As we enter the millennium the gap between rich and poor has never been wider While some people have more money than it is possible to spend in a lifetime no matter how lavishly they might make purchases others are not able to provide even for their most basic needs On all the continents of the world people starve to death for lack of food freeze death for lack of shelter die of diseases that could be prevented The situation raises the issue of whether the affluent people of the world have a moral obligation to help the poor I feel that people who are relatively well off should give a certain fair percentage of their earnings to help reduce absolute poverty on a global scale My claim is that those who are wealthy have an obligation to give up a small but helpful percentage of their earnings The money would be used to alleviate poverty Many people argue that wealthy people should not have to help those who are needier than they unless they choose to do so Others argue that just because affluent people have a relatively higher income than others it does not follow that they are morally responsible for those who do not I believe in contrast that people do have a moral obligation to help the desperately poor First while monetary aid could bring medical supplies and food and thus increase population it could also bring contraceptive devices and increased education about population control Helping the poor could actually decrease the rate of population growth and in the end save environmental resources Secondly helping to reduce absolute poverty would also bring about more people who would be in a position economically socially and medicallyto contribute to cleaning up environmental problems and helping overpopulation problems Finally from a conservative
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