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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by Unrepresented View Post
    Increased unionization and other worker protections.
    Meaning increase funding and votes for the democrat party.

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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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    1. The founding fathers founded America in order to keep the rich rich and the rest subservient. (as Howard Zinn documented quite well) over time the rich realized they had to split the masses and allow some to ascend to levels of extreme wealth and opulence in order to preserve the illusion that he country was fair an equal. Obviously they also had to give up the most racist and mysogenistic policy's as well. It has only gotten worse over time, and has gotten especially bad in the last century.

    2. More poverty for poor, more wealth for rich. The gap will grow until their is a shift in American consciousness, or someone overthrows the government.

    3. Direct democracy, and a social safety net that no one can go below. (Let ppl vote on laws, representation is a joke, and pass the economic bill of rights as part of the constitution. Make them both impossible to repeal.)

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Meaning increase funding and votes for the democrat party.
    Increased unionization would mean increased funding of Democrats as long as Republicans take an anti union stance.

    Is thata problem for you?
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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Meaning increase funding and votes for the democrat party.
    If that's who supports them, let it be reciprocated.
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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    So you are saying to me, that Paris Hilton is more intelligent and so on than most people in the US?
    No, but her father and grandfather certainly were.
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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No, but her father and grandfather certainly were.
    Grandfather sure father not so much... Anyone can inherit, run, and grow a successful buisness. It does not take above average intelligence. I would say she is a moron, her father is average, and her GPA was very smart.

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    So you are saying to me, that Paris Hilton is more intelligent and so on than most people in the US?

    maybe luckier

    born with a platinum spoon per se

    i dont have an issue with rich people giving money to their kids.....

    a lot of them do good with it

    a few squander it away

    it takes generations in most cases to truly build wealth.....

    i say a flat 25% tax on anything over 50 million......

    anything under that is gratis to the family
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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    Get rid of the legal term and entity known as corporation. Make all companies equal, completely equal. This will increase competition. More small business owners = higher employment = more competition for employees = higher command for wages. Plus the business owners themselves will take more and more of the pie away from the mega corps who currently run this country. Less profit for them = fewer multi million dollar salaried CEOs. Bring them down a peg, raise up a few more small business owners a peg, and get more people into the middle.

    We can talk about tax schemes, minimum wage hikes, reducing the 40 hour work week (an inevitability, IMO), etc, but none of that means a hill of beans so long as the majority of profit is made by a minority of huge companies and their millions of subsidiaries.

    Anti trust has failed...it's not to be trusted. Kill the corporation, revive the small business.

    what is unequal about chapter c corporations?

    and you want to force all companies into what?

    c corps
    llc's
    s corps
    partnerships

    what exactly is your idea here
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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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    1. Free will
    2. no idea
    3. reforms which reduce govt involvement in the economy, allowing the free market to follow a natural course

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    Re: Income Inequality

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Increased unionization would mean increased funding of Democrats as long as Republicans take an anti union stance.

    Is thata problem for you?
    Since Im a fan of the first amendment and freedom from coercion, yeah-its a problem for me.

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