View Poll Results: What should be done to battle income inequality in the USA?

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Except that unions are not government.

    But yes, big government supports big government, which is why neither party has ever cut back the size and power of the federal government. The main difference between the two parties is the lip service that they pay to "limited government", but lip service is all it is.

    It would be much better if neither big business nor big unions were supporting candidates and lobbying Congress, but if the boss has influence in Washington, then the workers need to have influence in Washington as well.
    It may not be govt, but its involuntary, leads to more big govt, and isn't known for efficiency or quality-so one could argue there's no difference.

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    It's indisputable fact that income inequality in the United States has grown substantially in the past few decades.

    Median nominal incomes, adjusted for inflation, have not gone up in the USA since the 50's. (Median is the halfway point, so we are talking about the middle-earner). In contrast, the per capita GDP has risen quite dramatically, due to the increased purchasing power of the upper echelon.


    I pose three questions to you:

    1.) What has caused this phenomenon
    2.) What are the long term implications if the trend is allowed to continue
    3.) What, if anything, should be done to adjust our course


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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by gdgyva View Post
    we can repeal citizens united at the exact same time, all money goes out of politics

    repeat....all money

    candidates would be given a budget by local/state/feds depending on what they are running for

    no money from pacs, lobbyists, companies, or persons allowed in any election

    you stand on your own....no party backing you with millions and millions

    if citizens wish to donate to the process, they donate to the fund that all monies are paid out of....with zero political affiliation

    no entity can campaign for a candidate (no lobbyists, no unions, no robocalls, no pac ads, nothing)

    i have zero issue getting rid of citizens united....lets change the entire freaking think though
    Never going to happen. Amongst the problems are someones going to have to be the first to take this no-money hit. Find a politician willing to do that by championing this.

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    False economy. An illusion that one is saving money while their can opening costs actually go up.
    You say that like people care. No matter how true it might be in reality, people just aren't interested in that. They look at the amount of money they have on hand, the cost of the various items they have to choose from and make a decision based on that. Long-term use is the farthest thing from their mind.
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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    New Balance makes sneakers in America. Only one I know of.
    These are what I wear at work, where Im on my feet all day. Theres a factory store nearby.

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    This is true, but India isn't known for that and they also have seen a massive exodus from poverty, after decades of failed marxist policies.
    Not true. The wealth gap in india continues to grow steadily, and again while the birth of a middle class their has pulled some out of poverty, it has delved others deeper into it.

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by b_dubz View Post
    Not true. The wealth gap in india continues to grow steadily, and again while the birth of a middle class their has pulled some out of poverty, it has delved others deeper into it.
    No it hasn't the number in poverty is greatly diminished. Even with a "gap" (what lefties love to cite as "evidence" of a problem ) everyone has benefited.

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Since govt employees are REQUIRED to join these public sector unions, and since the money they forcibly take are spent supporting dems, even against the wishes of the employee-thats not good enough.
    If the Republican candidates offered union support, I'm sure the money would follow. Conservatives unfortunately don't appreciate a fair and balanced debate between organized business matched with organized labor.
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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    It's nothing the government has any business interfering in.

    Moreover, it's no cause for concern whatsoever.
    You're doing that forgetting the lessons of history thing again.

    MANY revolutionary periods were precipitated by extreme income/wealth inequality.

    We're not at that point yet, but heading that way.

    So it simply isn't accurate to claim there's "no concern".
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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by Unrepresented View Post
    If the Republican candidates offered union support, I'm sure the money would follow. Conservatives unfortunately don't appreciate a fair and balanced debate between organized business matched with organized labor.

    i have zero issues with unions under the following restrictions

    1. it has to be an open shop.....we live in a democracy.....not fair to make people join something they dont necessarily believe in

    2. Dues have to be optional.....if the union does good work, then the dues will be paid.....if not, the union leaders can starve

    I dont really think unions are necessary myself anymore.....but if people want them, fine

    But they have to be open....not dictorial
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