“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Note that the two greatest periods of disparity were right before the Great Depression and right before the Great Recession. Tax policies that help concentrate wealth and reward wealth over work lead to hoarding.
To get the "trickle down" that supply-siders seems to like so much you basically have to force the wealthy to invest and hire.
I agree that the stimulus wasn't done completely properly. However, all Republicans have done is said they wouldn't have done it all. They complained about extending unemployment benefits without paying for it; but want to make permanent the Bush tax cuts without paying for it. They fought legislation that would have eliminated the loophole that left no estate tax for this calendar year, costing the government $25 - $30 BILLION dollars and didn't pay for it.
They are also fighting the bill that will give tax breaks to small business owners who hire and make equipment investments. Not because they dislike the legislation, but because they don't want Democrats to get credit for it. It is their goal to bring this nation to its knees while Obama is in office so they can get their claws back on all three houses and continue funneling money to the wealthy who will continue to pay for their campaigns.
Oh, and by the way: How Ford and GM Turned a Corner -- Seeking Alpha, there's evidence that the auto bailout (with a little help from Toyota's implosion) is actually working. But of course, we'll just bitch about it because maybe it wasn't perfect.
The economy didn't collapse overnight. It won't be fixed overnight.
Stop with the class envy and warfare, this isn't a zero sum game meaning that the rich don't make their money on the backs of someone else. There is enough in this economy for even you to succeed but not with the attitude you have.
Then you buy the rhetoric it is going to take time to clean up the mess. Stop buying the rhetoric and pay attention to the results. Obama tells you one thing and then does something else. After spending trillions shouldn't the results be better than they are now and Obama had a very strong Democrat Congress that gave him everything he wanted. The results are there for all to see, 16 million unemployed, 3 trillion added to the debt, and a healthcare bill that taxes everyone thus is a job killer. The Obama motto is "never let a good crisis go to waste" and you buy it.
Totally false. A job I have applied for and am waiting to hear back from, located in Texas and Georgia is looking for people to help break ground on a few new nuclear and solar energy plants. The plants are partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and according to their hiring page they are actively seeking roughly 3,500 people for guaranteed 3 1/2 years of employment with the option of going for an 11 year contract. The lowest paying position at the job pays $20/hr the highest pays $10k a week salary.The economy didn't collapse by Bush policy alone and what Obama is doing isn't helping grow the private sector.