"The existence of poverty in the US should not be accepted as a necessary evil or insoluble
problem, but should be considered a crisis requiring emergency measures.
It is a matter of will and priorities, not a matter of resources."
– Dr. Martin Luther King
America’s great industrial productivity and the United States’s economy has been in an ongoing collapse, and continues to be dominated by the geopolitical, anti-growth policies of Wall Street and London’s monetary empire. Now, the poorest areas of our nation, once blooming in great industrial, manufacturing and agricultural development, have been driven into the scrap heap. The United States suffers from extreme rates of poverty, suicide, drug abuse, a decline in basic economic infrastructure, and a lack of savings and funding for the future.
During the past 30 years while the USA has been in accelerated physical economic collapse, China has built an economic miracle for poverty alleviation, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty with targeted projects and strategies that address the unique problems of each town. This hasn’t just worked in China, but all across the world, most notably in Africa. The rapid development of the physical economy, through building rail development corridors, and modernizing ports, is now undoing the deliberate policies of colonialism, wars, and economic ruin, of the British Empire.
This must become a model for the United States in alleviating poverty in the deliberately created ghettos, and now former industrial centers of our country. This model being implemented in Africa today with the help of China and the BRICS nations, must be adopted in the United States to transform our neglected communities ruined by criminal negligence into bread baskets of economic growth and prosperity.
Consider a few of the cities of the United States which are currently desperately impoverished, including right here in Texas. Aren’t nearly all of them on rivers or coastlines, near formerly highly productive manufacturing centers? If the United States were to join with China in the Belt and Road Initiative, aren’t these cities the precise locations which would have to be brought back to life, with modern deep water ports, container docks, and high speed rail? Think about the positive impact that this would have on the African-American population of the United States, for example, which still has double and triple the death rates of the non-African-American or Hispanic population.
In the recent period, China has begun financing and directing the building of all kinds of projects across the continent of Africa, linking nations economically. This includes connecting highways, railroads, and waterways across the entire continent, replenishing Lake Chad, building new dams, power plants, and farms with advanced crop science, and building basic infrastructure like hospitals, schools, and markets. Contrary to allegations of land-grabbing African natural resources, the activity of Chinese firms is focused on production to meet the growing demand in Africa itself, not exporting goods out of Africa. Another common misperception is that Chinese firms are bringing hundreds of thousands of Chinese laborers to Africa, rather than employing locals. Among the 1,000 Chinese companies surveyed by McKinsey & Co. in 2017, 89% of the employees were African, adding up to nearly 300,000 jobs for African workers. Projecting these figures to all 10,000 Chinese firms in Africa, this suggests that Chinese-owned businesses employ several million Africans. Furthermore, 44% of the managers at these firms are Africans. By transferring advanced technologies and machinery to African countries at lower prices, the Chinese are making these improvements much more affordable there.
Real poverty alleviation means figuring out the unique requirements of an area, and unique skills of its population, and responding to these needs specifically, rather than a “one size fits all” approach, similar to what President Franklin Roosevelt did with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Such a mutually profitable relationship between China and countries in Africa is the same type of “win-win” relationship we can expect if the United States accepts China’s offer to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative. By re-establishing our own economic sovereignty over Wall Street, we can use the Constitutional mechanisms to fund our own recovery through a Hamiltonian credit system, and eliminate poverty in the United States by 2030. If we fully unleashed the power of our unique Constitutional system, and collaborated with China and Russia in the Belt and Road Initiative with the determination that Dr. King so prescribed, we could end poverty on Earth by 2050.
President Trump has dedicated himself to restoring and expanding the decayed U.S. Infrastructure, and increasing positive relations with Russia and China as well as other leading nations around the world. The commitment to abolishing the imperial policies of the British Empire and ushering in a new paradigm of economic progress is one that has been the continued mission for the last 40-plus years of American Statesman Lyndon LaRouche, along with his Wife Helga.
We need leaders in U.S. Congress who will fight to bring the United States on board the new paradigm transforming the planet. That means putting an end to the ruinous systems of IMF, Wall-Street and City of London monetary control, and implementing the needed American System credit solutions that have been the driver of our nation’s economic growth, exemplified under Presidents like Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. I am running for Congress with the full commitment and determination to achieving the goal of bringing the United States into the beautiful future of win-win cooperation, and the total eradication of poverty once and for all.
Will you join me in this great endeavor?
A PDF of this statement can be found here.