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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Thread: The divide between the rich and the rest

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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Wrong. It's not that they are no longer there. It's that they were never there.
    Re-Read Article I, Section 8 and (if you read it properly) you will see that the checks are most definitely there.

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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    Jealousy is the only real issue. A spotlight shined upon it in the last election; some were against Mitt simply for being rich.
    You are correct. The extent to which it enables demagoguery and the abuse of mankinds' baser nature is the danger here.

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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Upgrading? Or lack of time to enjoy same? With all the labor-saving devices we have available, why don't we have more free time? That has perplexed me for quite a while.
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    It's not a problem - because the lives of the rich don't impact your life or my life in any way - at all.
    How's your mortgage doing? Has it jumped around in the past few years due to rich people peeling back banking regulations to play hot potato with crappy loans?

    Got any family in the military? Have they been deployed anywhere with strategic resources? Could those strategic resources possibly be controlled by rich people? Could those rich people possibly have the ear of someone who arranged for the troops to be deployed there?

    Do you pay taxes? Ever realize that when rich people bought themselves a 15% capital gains tax rate, the government had to either tax you more or give you fewer benefits?

    Do your children go to school? Are their school books and ciriculum determined by pure merit, or are there rich people lobbying for their books and agenda to be used?

    Hows the job market near you? Think there'd be more jobs if rich people hadn't bought free trade agreements and minimal tarriffs? How would it be if rich people weren't lobbying against raising minimum wage?

    Consumed any pop recently? Think the price of soda would be the same if rich people hadn't bought themselves farm subsidies on things like corn?


    Rich people unquestionable use their money to buy politicians and make themselves richer. Denying that this **** has an impact on your life is like denying the Moon has an impact on the Earth.

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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Xslave View Post
    the separation of class is important, not all of us can be rich, we need people from all walks of life to make a society work


    if equality is impossible ,try social justice
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by ChunkySalsa View Post
    How's your mortgage doing? Has it jumped around in the past few years due to rich people peeling back banking regulations to play hot potato with crappy loans?
    No

    Got any family in the military? Have they been deployed anywhere with strategic resources? Could those strategic resources possibly be controlled by rich people? Could those rich people possibly have the ear of someone who arranged for the troops to be deployed there?
    We're military - but nope.

    Do you pay taxes? Ever realize that when rich people bought themselves a 15% capital gains tax rate, the government had to either tax you more or give you fewer benefits?
    Ah - really? Is the government trying to keep the influx balanced or something? "For every 15% we go up ___ we decrease 10% ___ and 5%__" ? . . . No - it's not a balancing act.

    Do your children go to school? Are their school books and ciriculum determined by pure merit, or are there rich people lobbying for their books and agenda to be used?
    I'm on the PTA - we and non PTA parents who care deal with that. Money is not what talks.

    Hows the job market near you? Think there'd be more jobs if rich people hadn't bought free trade agreements and minimal tarriffs? How would it be if rich people weren't lobbying against raising minimum wage?
    ****ty - I live in a town with less than 4,000 people and no more than 50 registered businesses . . . Do I need to bring more rich people into the town or chase out the ones who are here to fix this?

    Consumed any pop recently? Think the price of soda would be the same if rich people hadn't bought themselves farm subsidies on things like corn?


    Rich people unquestionable use their money to buy politicians and make themselves richer. Denying that this **** has an impact on your life is like denying the Moon has an impact on the Earth.
    Last I looked - donations and votes make the political world move. What's wrong? Feeling misrepresented? How would knocking down the top 1% so they're then the top 10% (etc) make a difference in politics?

    Looks to me like some of what you're arguing here - you know nothing about . . . and when money is influential - you're forgetting that the top 1% aren't the only ones who hold a significant amount of the financial umph. . .You're just imagining that only the top 1% can apply it - and that's obviously not true.
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    To answer your question first, but with another question, are there still socialist on this planet?

    No, socialism is not beaten by capitalism in every round. A closed capitalist system that does not have the education and resources can fail, even faster than a socialist society will ultimately fail. Such societies usually do not climb above minimum, hand to mouth levels either. Without an infuse of capital and knowledge, they simply cannot climb higher or will take centuries to do so while other societies advance even further ahead. To date, Japan, is probably the only society that ever could be called successful while using a closed capitalist system. But then, it did receive a lot of help following WWII, so it did not truly start as a "closed" system.

    Socialism is not always a failure at the start. Like a hydrogen fuel cell, it will take awhile to totally run down. It will however eventually run down because it always ends with the system attempting to equalize output for all without equalizing the input of all. It is impossible to get more out than what is put in. At it's core, Socialism seeks to create a "classless" society, in order for society to be without "classes" everyone must ignore value and also, everyone must be made equal regardless of their individual input. It is impossible to equalize every one at a high level because it draws more off of the system than is put into the system. Unfortunately for those who adhere to such a philosophy, there is no way to make all people truly equal. Each person has a unique combination of talents, intelligence, drive and education. It also does not encourage higher output from individuals, it cannot without creating class. In the end, the only way to equalize a society and do away with "class" is to have everyone at the lowest sustainable class level. For human societies, that is the slave class. While the individuals in such a society would not have an individual "master", they will be slaves to the society as a whole, but slavery is still slavery whether serving an individual master or a societal/community master. For those who do not believe it is true slavery, then perhaps you should check out what Marx says should be done to those who "revolt" against socialism.
    l agree with the most of your post

    but it is said that it was not a real socialism which the iron curtain countries experienced during that period but a bureaucratic dictatorship
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    l agree with the most of your post

    but it is said that it was not a real socialism which the iron curtain countries experienced during that period but a bureaucratic dictatorship
    Define real socialism.

    Socialism derives from Marx and he defined it as the process/method of moving from capitalism to communism. Some now wish to remain at socialism or part socialism without moving to communism. While an authoritarian government is not a requirement of socialism, any government pursuing socialistic agendas must be, in part, authoritarian in nature, whether they are democratically elected or are outright dictators. Socialism is not a form of government, but can be actions taken by the government acting in the "best interests" of "society" by forcing compliance with social and economic desires of the socialist. Any government that pursues elimination of class or reduction in class differences, whether based upon social or economic measures, is socialistic in nature. Since they are socialistic, they are socialist.

    Some pursue protecting classes based also based upon different measures. Class will always exist, but a persons class, imo, is based upon the individuals own merits. Any government that does not protect class based upon artificial structures or does not attempt to end class, but instead bases it upon individual merit/achievement can be said to be a Meritocracy. Something that like true Communism, does not currently exist.

    I fully support Meritocracy, not unlimited Democracy, not corporatism, not socialism, not dictatorships nor any form of government that hinders the individuals right to achieve or stops people from experiencing the negative affects of their own choices.
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Because we live in a democratic republic where the franchise is fairly universal, a society which increasingly tilts to the poor in larger numbers could spell disaster for the rich if things continue to tilt in that direction. The wealthy should and would do well to be concerned about the implications of such an imbalance when the vote could go against them in many different areas of issue.
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    Re: The divide between the rich and the rest

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Because we live in a democratic republic where the franchise is fairly universal, a society which increasingly tilts to the poor in larger numbers could spell disaster for the rich if things continue to tilt in that direction.
    Disaster? What sort of disaster?

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