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06:50 PM on 11/15/2012
The Unions having been trying to get this message across to people since the early 1970's who listened.
02:15 PM on 11/16/2012
Listening is good but action is better.
06:35 PM on 11/15/2012
IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS; I WOULD NOT GIVE IT TO A PERSON WHO CARELESSLY SQUANDERS MONEY.. IT IS LIKE POURING GASOLINE IN A GAS GUZZLING CAR..THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.. DON'T GIVE YOUR WEALTH TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT..THEY WILL GIVE IT TO 15 MORE PEOPLE FOR WELFARE AND 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GRANTS YEARLY TO COLLEGE KIDS..
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heatherox
Neither one of them care about you!
06:47 PM on 11/15/2012
Or move to a country where you enjoy no government benefits including but not limited to paved roads, rail roads, highway systems, airports, power grids, water treatment plants, sewage systems, elementary and secondary education, social security and health care coverage should you be so unlucky enough to lose your job and your millions...
06:29 PM on 08/03/2014
And you think our government does a good job? When anything Washington has to do that involves helping the american people, politics takes president not the welfare of the citizens.

The politicians first look to companies that they get donations from and then they make the backroom deals. Both parties are guilty of feeding their special interest supporters our taxpayer money so they can keep getting elected.

My solution to this is very simple, it's called "Void-Them" (Vote, Out Incumbent, Deadbeats) give all politicians a one term, term limit. Ask yourself one question when you vote. "What did He/She do for Me/Mine", if the answer is nothing then vote them out.

Politicians are so low they have to look up to see down. Lincoln's Gettysburg address where he stated a "Government of the People, By the People, and For the People, has morphed into a Government of the Party, By the Party and For the Special Interest, we the people don't count.

If the candidate of your choice is listed on another political line i.e. Liberal or Conservative I suggest you vote for your ideology preference not party preference.
10:54 PM on 08/09/2014
Government benefits are ok if you paid into it when you worked like SS but benefits that the government call "entitlements" should be done away with. Every american is for giving the poor and disadvantage a "Hands up" when it times of need, but we don't believe in the "Hand Out" entitlement program that enslaves the poor into a life of dependency with no path to become self sufficient.
08:32 PM on 11/15/2012
No body is asking the wealthy to give away their money!!! They are being asked to pay the same amount of taxes on their earnings as the non wealthy, the working people. Why should the rich get a free ride on the backs of middle class. They want to enjoy the freedom this country offer at no cost to them. Freedom is not free, just ask the military.
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jwald1
Badges? I don't need no stinking badges!
06:34 PM on 11/15/2012
There was a time in this country that business owners cared about their employees and gave them a living wage, now that big corporations are taking over almost everything the worker is nothing but a number, This holiday season avoid big chain stores, buy from your small privately owned shops, it my cost a couple dollars more but your fellow citizen is worth it, dine in local private eateries, the food is better, fresher and you are not putting money in the pocket of some billionaire that does not care about giving his workers a living wage. Also check where your items are made, and try to buy American.
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DeceptionIsReality
Ignorance is bliss, go back to sleep
11:56 PM on 11/15/2012
Yes we are all just a number it's pretty sickening.
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LeeSColes
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11:59 PM on 11/15/2012
There was a time in American where the workers were basically numbers previously, also. It brought about a great deal of labor reform and the formation of Unions. We'll have to see if we find ourselves going through another cycle of such reforms again as the wealthy of this country do more and more to take advantage of their positions and their employees.
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jwald1
Badges? I don't need no stinking badges!
09:11 AM on 11/16/2012
I agree, as we see the attempts at union busting, talk of letting kids work,getting rid of minimum wage.
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06:31 PM on 11/15/2012
Of course not one word about immigration, i.e., America's reprise of slavery; except for a short period after WW II (the 50's and 60's), the U.S. has never abandoned its love affair with it. In its current guise, a.k.a. mass/illegal immigration, we have managed to bifurcate American society with a perennial underclass of workers, depress wages across the entire wage spectrum with work visas like the H1-b, that combined have resulted in stagnant wages across the wage spectrum, even for higher educated/skilled workers, but hit hardest the less educated and lower skilled workers, i.e., the most vulnerable. The insatiable demand for compliant cheap labor has also ballooned U.S. population resulting (greater even than the post war domestic baby boom) negating all the benefits of the landmark environmental legislation enacted in the early 1970's. Of course this benefited those atop the cheap labor pyramid scheme to whom the benefits of cheap labor have accrued. And, to add insult to injury, are furthermore being subsidized by exactly those who have been harmed through wage stagnation and suppression as they are also forced to pay for the health (especially emergency room services), education , etc. provided to America's new class of slaves.
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Madonna Valentine
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10:43 AM on 11/25/2012
You can add to that the jobs that corporations are exporting to nations such as India that were previously done by well educated, middle class Americans. This includes banking services, architectural drafting, engineering and even Math tutoring. The best way to re-start the economy is to make sure people have money to spend on goods and services. As a percentage of GDP, the American economy does not rely greatly on trade as a source of wealth. Only Australia and Japan have a similarly small component of GDP resulting from the trade. The changes of globalisation and the rise of other, English speaking nations as a source of competition for American middle class workers is a ticking time bomb. The source of wealth and therefore recovery is the huge domestic economy but jobs must be created and (dare I say it!) protected. In order to compete in this strange new world attention needs to be given to the basics such as health care and education so that American workers can respond to the challenges of globalisation. An unhealthy and under-educated workforce will not be able to compete. At the risk of sounding alarmist, many rising, English speaking nations are full of highly educated and motivated young people who are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to join the ranks of their nation's growing middle class. Is America up to this challenge? I believe so.
06:30 PM on 11/15/2012
I THINK THE INCOME INEQUALITY MAY ALSO INCLUDE MANY C.E.O.'S WHO SALARIES HAVE INCREASED NOT IN PROPORTION AS UNION WAGES OR HOURLY..I HAVE LEARNED OF 1000 RICH AMERICANS WHO WANT THEIR TAXES INCREASED.. ASK FORMER FANNY MAE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN RAINES IF HE WANTS HIS TAXES INCREASED.. IT LOOKS TO BE A GOOD IDEA FOR THE RICH TO BE TAXED HIGHER; BUT, THE GOVERMENT NEEDS TO BE MORE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE..
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07:01 PM on 11/15/2012
I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE YELLING ABOUT!!!
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LeeSColes
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12:02 AM on 11/16/2012
lol They might just be into using all caps. They may not be yelling, though I do find your comment amusing:).
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MDhome
lets make it a crime to lie while campaigning for
11:32 PM on 11/15/2012
Plenty of evidence that CEO wages have advanced at many times the average workers pay. You do not need to shout, it only shows you as being immature.
06:15 PM on 11/15/2012
AM ones persons experience is not going to be statistically useful that is what stats sats for. And the fact the poor people on welfare can't get out is no different then won't given the fact the there are no jobs. The black rate is 14.3 that means that 86.7 % of blacks are working It also means may blacks that were working have lost there jobs... at a rate faster the whites.
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Alvhild Birkelund
All you need is love :).
06:10 PM on 11/15/2012
Obvious. 1% of the peple get most of the income - occupy Wall Street.
1% of the monsters consume 99% of the cookies - occupy Sesame Street.
06:06 PM on 11/15/2012
So the problem isn't racism... this is what is wrong with this country. Last month someone was telling me that Obama's chart didn't look good for the election. All I could say is "you mean to tell me the stars have more to do with it than Obama being black? It's not racism its his astrological chart.
06:05 PM on 11/15/2012
I've had years in which I prospered and years in which I nearly starved. I never blamed anyone but myself for anything. If you want to make it, you have to be willing to work hard and take risks. The government can't do it for you.
06:04 PM on 11/15/2012
This really puts the greed in this country into perspective.!!
05:58 PM on 11/15/2012
Until that one lady self identified as black I though she was one of those tan booth addicts!
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xiolableu01
Logic is food for your brain...EAT!
05:58 PM on 11/15/2012
How this this shocking?? Does no one remember Occupy Wall Street? Yeah, this is what those kids were sleeping out about.
05:55 PM on 11/15/2012
Before the great society we had JIM CROW
05:51 PM on 11/15/2012
Yet there are still people that believe making the rich richer and waiting for it to trickle down onto the rest of us is amazing economics...
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spartusnecro
Trying to do the best I can.
06:04 PM on 11/15/2012
Right...
05:51 PM on 11/15/2012
It's the same analogy I have been using to my friends all along.... There are a 100 kids in the school cafeteria, and there are a hundred lunches to feed them with. Who in their right mind would think that one kid gets 99 lunches while the other 99 kids try and get a taste of that one lunch that is left... I don't care how the fat kid got his lunch money. I don't care if he worked for it, inherited it, or saved all of his life for it... It's still greed and gluttony... God have mercy on their souls because on judgement day they are going to need it...
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LeeSColes
A Connoisseur of Humanity
12:14 AM on 11/16/2012
Interesting and somewhat graphic analogy. I can just see that one kid trying to eat all those meals.

As for the general issue of taxes, it is my understanding that there are at least two reasons for justifying the wealthiest members of our society paying more. The first is that they are able to. that is If we are in this together, then there is a sense that those who can contribute to the well being of the whole in a way which reflects their ABILITY to pay and help. The second rational has to do with the idea that one contribute based on their use and gains from our society. Since the wealthiest portion of our society enjoys a greater propoortion of the benefits of living and doing business here in the USA, then they should pay more for those benefits.

Finally, there is the arguement that the rishest in our country have never paid less than they are now in taxes, at least the tax rate has never been lower.

So, I am still trying to find someone who can justify not raising taxes on the wealthiest in America. Any takers? I am open to discussion this subject rationally, if you are:).