View Poll Results: How much income inequality is TOO much income inequality?

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  • I am left-leaning, and there is too much income inequality right now.

    126 40.65%
  • I am left-leaning, and the current level is acceptable, but should not be higher

    1 0.32%
  • I am left-leaning, and I don't think there should be a limit on the level of income inequality.

    2 0.65%
  • I am a centrist, and there is too much income inequality right now.

    93 30.00%
  • I am a centrist, and the current level is acceptable, but should not be higher

    5 1.61%
  • I am a centrist, and I don't think there should be a limit on the level of income inequality.

    2 0.65%
  • I am right-leaning, and there is too much income inequality right now.

    66 21.29%
  • I am right-leaning, and the current level is acceptable, but should not be higher

    9 2.90%
  • I am right-leaning, and I don't think there should be a limit on the level of income inequality.

    6 1.94%
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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    Not "mandated", but much can be done to affect outcomes long-term via tax policy. Income and wealth disparity have been increasing since the highest marginal rates in taxes have been decreasing...

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    How tax can reduce inequality - OECD Observer
    Given that the U.S. has the most progressive income tax structure IN the OECD, and given that income inequality is highest within the United States in states that are high-progressive income tax states, you may want to reconsider that argument .

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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    As for the poll - why should I care what the highest-income earners make? I am doing alright, and it's not as if a dollar in their paycheck means a dollar less in mine.
    What does it mean when the highest earners are taking a larger and larger piece of the pie then? You are deluding yourself.

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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Given that the U.S. has the most progressive income tax structure IN the OECD, and given that income inequality is highest within the United States in states that are high-progressive income tax states, you may want to reconsider that argument .
    The problem is everywhere. We are just the richest so the numbers are higher. Even you can admit that the trend is unsustainable. The less progressive taxes have gotten the worse the inequality gets, that is abundantly clear.

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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    As for the poll - why should I care what the highest-income earners make? I am doing alright, and it's not as if a dollar in their paycheck means a dollar less in mine.
    You shouldn't care that much about what the highest-income EARNERS are making. You SHOULD care about the passive income that people make from their investments. Too often it simply gets socked away again rather than being pumped back into the economy.
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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    good. and one day, I hope the one percent unite rather than halving half supporting big government in a desire to get more power. and once united we can crush the idiotic socialist nonsense that wealth should be limited
    The richest in the country openly "uniting" against the majority of the working class hasn't ever led to good news for the richest...
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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    Not "mandated", but much can be done to affect outcomes long-term via tax policy. Income and wealth disparity have been increasing since the highest marginal rates in taxes have been decreasing...

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    That is a great graph! Of course, there's some here who won't allow themselves to accept just how significant it is....
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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    As of this writing, 3 people out of 300 see no problem with the current income disparity. Um, 1%.

    That said, I don't think I have ever seen such a lopsided poll on DP.

    Also, wealth disparity is a much bigger problem than income disparity.
    Come to think of it, I haven't seen one this lopsided, either.
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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by DifferentDrummr View Post
    The poll has been spammed, unfortunately.
    How do you know it's been spammed?
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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    The richest in the country openly "uniting" against the majority of the working class hasn't ever led to good news for the richest...
    its funny watching some lefties thinking that all the rich are pro freedom-less government. Many rich liberals require a big government to stay rich



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    Re: So How Much Income Inequality is TOO Much Income Inequality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    Why must it be fixed and how do you fix it? This issue reminds me of the liberal positions on energy and the environment. Liberals elevate an issue to a dire threat to humanity, then offer zero with regard to solutions. Global warming is bad, but they offer no solution to actually stop it: fossil fuels are bad, but they offer nothing as an alternative. Here they say income inequality is bad, but offer nothing that will even remotely address the supposed 'problem.' Raising the minimum wage by a buck or two and raising taxes by a few billion as Obama is proposing will do absolutely NOTHING to alter the current income or wealth gap--the very problem these 'solutions' are supposed to be addressing. These are feel good measures, power grabs and envy salves for liberals, nothing else.
    There are many proposals for addressing global warning, the problem is that the people who benefit from the status quo and those who love them don't like them and often wrongly complain that they won't work and/or sabotage them. They include banning the use of coal, alternative fuel autos, increased use of solar and wind power, reduced use of resources, more recycling, reduced manufacturing of disposible items, and more sharing of items and less materialism. They do require change and some sacrifice.

    Proposals for addressing income disparity include tax reform to eliminate loopholes and deductions that aren't beneficial to society, higher inheritance taxes, regulations to prevent dodging taxes by offshoring money, taxes on stock trades etc., infrastructure building jobs programs, incentives to encourage domestic investment and more.

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