View Poll Results: How serious a problem is the divide between the wealthy and the rest of us?

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  • Not a problem at all.

    35 28.46%
  • A problem, but not a serious one.

    8 6.50%
  • A fairly serious problem.

    42 34.15%
  • It's not just a "problem." It's a catastrophe that is only getting worse.

    38 30.89%
  • This divide does not exist.

    0 0%
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Really, tell us how the trickle up economics is working in Russia.

    "Trickle up economics in Russia"? Seriously? What are you talking about? The 'free market' is working just fine in Russian for those who are on top, never mind the 99.9% who are suffering more today than they did during the time of the Soviet Union.

    Russia saw virtually no increase in life expectancy from 1990 to 2010 and lagged behind more than 100 countries in the key health statistic over that period, according to a global study released Tuesday.

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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    It is an issue, but not for the reason that most would expect..... It's an issue because the bottom portion of this nation's citizenry have neglected their end of the social bargain. They no longer want to even try to better themselves. They slide further down into the cesspool of humanity, allowing the rich to get further and further away from them and then expect the middle and upper classes to "save" them from themselves. Sorry, not interested.

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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I know that - but if enough of the masses demanded that there were no more bailouts, there would be no more bailouts.
    "Bailouts" aren't the problem. America's problem is a refusal to penalise those who have benefited most greatly by exploiting the political system as it presently operates.

    One example: Who is more deserving of the death penalty: One guy in Boston who helped kill three people or the owner of a fertiliser plant in Texas that killed 15 people? How about the Texas politicians who allowed a plant that created explosive materials to be built across the street from residences, a middle school and a high school - because they believe in the free market and think any type of zoning codes are an imposition of capitalists?
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    "Bailouts" aren't the problem. America's problem is a refusal to penalise those who have benefited most greatly by exploiting the political system as it presently operates.

    One example: Who is more deserving of the death penalty: One guy in Boston who helped kill three people or the owner of a fertiliser plant in Texas that killed 15 people? How about the Texas politicians who allowed a plant that created explosive materials to be built across the street from residences, a middle school and a high school - because they believe in the free market and think any type of zoning codes are an imposition of capitalists?
    You want to give the death penalty to the owner of the West fertilizer plant?

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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Huge issue that could one day lead to the next civil war.

    As fewer and fewer get more and more, while the vast majority fall out of the middle class and into the lower class....emotions and anger will increase by orders of magnitude.

    Without a strong middle class - it's only a matter of time before the power keg goes off.
    Even if it's 99% versus the 1%, good luck with your pitchforks versus the weapons of mass destruction the rich can afford.
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoist View Post
    The real issue is privilege.
    I think it's more like the lower-class confusing rights with privileges and equal opportunity with equal outcome.
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    Even if it's 99% versus the 1%, good luck with your pitchforks versus the weapons of mass destruction the rich can afford.
    You're assuming the potential operators delivering the mass destruction would be willing to fire...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    It's a serious problem for the rich.

    They have to worry if their money is earning enough return. The have to keep up appearances. They have to make sure the Maybach and the Lear jet have leather that matches and isn't a different dye lot. They have to hire people to hire people to hire people to maintain multiple homes. They can't have real friends or trust anyone. No matter how many people the screw over they still can't be as rich as Carlos Slim, a Mexican.

    I feel sorry for them. Their only real use is to keep all this excess money from causing inflation.
    that's up there in the hall of fame of really really stupid posts



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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    Even if it's 99% versus the 1%, good luck with your pitchforks versus the weapons of mass destruction the rich can afford.
    NO matter what happens
    what we have got
    is the MAXIM gun
    And they have not


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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Explain the basis for your uncomplimentary statement. Am I wrong? Or are you just in a bad mood today?



    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    that's up there in the hall of fame of really really stupid posts

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