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On Inequality Denial

On Inequality Denial

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 14:34:30 in Business

“Richard, We are in total agreement. Fanned.”
On Inequality Denial

On Inequality Denial

Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 12:49:39 in Business

“Inequality is here to stay. The 1% will always find a way to come out on top.

The problem is that we don't have a real Progressive Income Tax. It plateaus around 40% and for those making tens of millions of dollars annually, gathering obscene wealth is trivial. We also need an estate (death) tax with teeth so we don't end up with lazy dynasties like Paris Hilton.

Taxation policy can correct social ills. Look at what it did to cigarettes.”

RocheTm on Jun 2, 2014 at 21:12:56

“And the Walmart family... posses large amount of the worlds money yet they have never done jack.”

RS on Jun 2, 2014 at 20:24:29

“"We also need an estate (death) tax with teeth so we don't end up with lazy dynasties like Paris Hilton."

Or the Walton family -- and in addition, we also need to tax ALL capital gains -- including capital gains that are passed on to heirs at death -- the SAME WAY wage income is taxed -- ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO EXCEPTIONS WHATSOEVER! Remember: no matter how you slice it, when rich people and big corporations don't pay taxes or pay less than their fair share, WORKING CLASS FOLKS (including me) ALWAYS GET STUCK MAKING UP THE DIFFERENCE!”

daddyoyo on Jun 2, 2014 at 13:16:02

“Absolutely correct. Not only do the so called socialist nations of Europe have less inequality than the United States, they have greater social mobility, putting the lie to the right wing myth that only unfettered capitalism creates opportunity for advancement.”
EPA To Call For 30 Percent Cut To Power Plant Emissions By 2030

EPA To Call For 30 Percent Cut To Power Plant Emissions By 2030

Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 19:04:44 in Politics

“Hopefully this passes our dysfunctional Congress so we can hold the moral high ground as a nation. We HAVE to stop using coal, period.”
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Agrees To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion: REPORTS (UPDATES)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Agrees To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion: REPORTS (UPDATES)

Commented May 29, 2014 at 20:56:59 in Sports

“And this is the same guy who paid double the asking price for Skype. Silverlake bought Skype for about $3.5B and then sold it to Microsoft for over $8B. I wouldn't want him brokering any deal of mine unless he is buying it himself.”
House GOP Blocks Vote On Incest Exception To Anti-Abortion Legislation

House GOP Blocks Vote On Incest Exception To Anti-Abortion Legislation

Commented May 29, 2014 at 18:50:17 in Politics

“There are already 317 million in the USA and over 7 billion in the world. We are over-populated and these Republicans still think every sperm is sacred!”

SkreetGil1 on May 29, 2014 at 20:37:59

“No they just want to cause as much harm to women as possible.

They hate women.

Their women will have a safe abortion any time she wants one.”

KathieKH on May 29, 2014 at 20:00:09

“Mostly theirs!”

mollyinthemiddle on May 29, 2014 at 19:22:31

“They don't "think" it they "KNOW" it. They think it's the government's job to legislate morality. The Congress' first concern should be to follow the Constitution. Morality generates from religion and therefore should NOT affect laws since church and state are separate in the US.”
Obama's Carbon Battle: Everyone Is Suiting Up For A Fight

Obama's Carbon Battle: Everyone Is Suiting Up For A Fight

Commented May 29, 2014 at 17:33:31 in Politics

“Agreed, but I hope the reason for the beer excuse is not that it is already too late.”
John Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change'

John Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change'

Commented May 29, 2014 at 15:12:27 in Politics

“The Republican answer to anything is

NO

Unless it is war.”
House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

Commented May 26, 2014 at 18:18:55 in Politics

“As Neil de Grasse Tyson said about science-

"It is true whether you believe it or not."

House Republicans have to go as they have figured out a way to stay elected regardless of majority rule. They ARE the problem.”

Brian Mendicino on May 28, 2014 at 14:07:53

“No. The people who continue to elect them are the problem.”
Terry Branstad To Sign Cannabis Oil Bill Into Law

Terry Branstad To Sign Cannabis Oil Bill Into Law

Commented May 25, 2014 at 14:55:07 in Politics

“You know the old expression-

An ounce a day keeps the doctor away.”
Pro-Gun Group Backs Down After Chipotle Rally Backfires

Pro-Gun Group Backs Down After Chipotle Rally Backfires

Commented May 24, 2014 at 13:07:27 in Business

“Gullible conservative. If the Constitution is amended correctly, you will lose that RIGHT, period.”

veloci1 on May 24, 2014 at 21:56:19

“You REALLY think that an amendment which prohibited citizens from having any firearms would pass?

Wow, get me some of that stuff you're smoking.”
Pro-Gun Group Backs Down After Chipotle Rally Backfires

Pro-Gun Group Backs Down After Chipotle Rally Backfires

Commented May 23, 2014 at 19:28:54 in Business

“Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has written a terrific book called "Six Amendments." He addresses controversial issues with the Constitution and one of those is the Second Amendment. He proposes adding five words to that sentence to read-
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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, WHEN SERVING IN THE MILITIA shall not be infringed.
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In the 18th century, militias were common and every male was expected to serve at some point in their life. Times have changed and it is time the Constitution change to reflect our more modern weapons that can do far more damage than a musket.”

veloci1 on May 24, 2014 at 04:38:45

“Silly liberal. STILL hasn't figured out that this right is not granted by this amendment.

Notice it says that the RIGHT shall not be infringed. Doesn't say it was granted.

That's because we already have that right.”

ilovemyrights on May 23, 2014 at 19:34:22

“Go ahead and amend the constitution. Please.”
Elizabeth Warren To Appear With Economist Thomas Piketty

Elizabeth Warren To Appear With Economist Thomas Piketty

Commented May 21, 2014 at 18:49:13 in Politics

“While Elizabeth Warren is consistent with her NO answer to the question of whether she is running for President right now, she leaves it open for a future run but Hillary has that locked up. Ms. Warren is the only economic populist and would make a wonderful Vice President.”

Viper on May 22, 2014 at 01:05:34

“I'm not at all sure that she is not more valuable in the SENATE amongst the hired hands.”
Democratic Lawmaker Warns GOP It May Never See Another Republican President

Democratic Lawmaker Warns GOP It May Never See Another Republican President

Commented May 21, 2014 at 18:41:45 in Politics

“There has NOT been a decent Republican President since Dwight Eisenhower. These days, Ike would not even be allowed in the Republican Party.”
Mitt Romney Rips Anti-Obama Police Official's 'Vile Epithet,' Calls On Him To Resign

Mitt Romney Rips Anti-Obama Police Official's 'Vile Epithet,' Calls On Him To Resign

Commented May 19, 2014 at 18:23:37 in Politics

“Romney may get recognized in a good way with this expression of support but it does not rise to the point that I would ever vote for him.”
How Rising Seas Could Sink Nuclear Plants On The East Coast

How Rising Seas Could Sink Nuclear Plants On The East Coast

Commented May 19, 2014 at 15:55:19 in Green

“In an "all of the above" strategy, we should include nuclear and keep it modern. That means building it near inland waterways instead of oceans. They take a massive amount of circulating water to cool. Distinct advantage of no carbon footprint. Also potential of eating radioactive waste in situ.”
Ken Langone Actually Not That Sorry About Nazi Comparison

Ken Langone Actually Not That Sorry About Nazi Comparison

Commented May 19, 2014 at 15:24:29 in Business

“What do Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart and Chick-fil-A have in common?

They have politically motivated right-wing owners and willing to lose a significant piece of their business based on ideology. Some Political Science graduate should write a paper on this.”

merryterry on May 19, 2014 at 16:19:34

“Don't forget Whole Foods.”
Marco Rubio Claims There's 'No Responsible Way To Recreationally Use Marijuana'

Marco Rubio Claims There's 'No Responsible Way To Recreationally Use Marijuana'

Commented May 19, 2014 at 13:47:28 in Politics

“Well, that tears it; Rubio does not get my vote.

Not much of a sacrifice though.”
Climate Group Backed By Billionaire Progressive Donor Goes To Koch Brothers' Turf

Climate Group Backed By Billionaire Progressive Donor Goes To Koch Brothers' Turf

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:43:11 in Politics

“I attended Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate lecture at UCSB last week. Tom is putting his money where his mouth is and hopefully will make a difference. I have seen more movement in the political landscape of climate change in the last six months than in the past decade.

Before, just mentioning climate change in a conversation was met with silence and in some cases, derision. Last month, an NPR article discussing actual mitigation of climate change was aired and I was surprised.

The politics of this is moving as fast as acceptance of gay marriage - hopefully, just as inevitable.”
Pregnant Woman Not Lovin' Her McMarijuana Burger

Pregnant Woman Not Lovin' Her McMarijuana Burger

Commented May 16, 2014 at 16:42:25 in Weird News

“I wonder how many of those "Garden of Weed'n" burgers were sold to non-pregnant women. I certainly would not have complained but understand her reaction.”

Jared Torrico on May 16, 2014 at 17:33:57

“This happens every year with a different item in the burger. It is the customer 95% of the time.”
Indiana Governor Mike Pence Announces Medicaid Expansion Plan

Indiana Governor Mike Pence Announces Medicaid Expansion Plan

Commented May 15, 2014 at 15:22:31 in Politics

“The lemmings are headed to the cliff. Hurry up.”
Chuck Todd: It's Time For Republicans To Get Over Benghazi

Chuck Todd: It's Time For Republicans To Get Over Benghazi

Commented May 14, 2014 at 09:41:41 in Media

“So, what other outrage are Republicans going to turn to? ObamaCare? They have thrown all their red meat to their red necks and the fridge is empty.”
Karl Rove Suggests Hillary Clinton May Have Brain Damage

Karl Rove Suggests Hillary Clinton May Have Brain Damage

Commented May 13, 2014 at 11:10:35 in Politics

“I remember when Karl Rove was getting divorced 4-5 years ago and a reporter asked an acquaintance about the reason. The response was-

"Have you ever MET Karl Rove?"

The insinuation was obvious. Rove is a difficult person. He is now using his devious cunning talents to find any chink in the Hillary armor and this tactic is disgusting.”

2gr8kids on May 13, 2014 at 12:18:14

“"Rove is a difficult person." I had to laugh at that! Douglas, you are MUCH too nice!”
John Oliver & Bill Nye School Climate Change Skeptics On 'Last Week Tonight'

John Oliver & Bill Nye School Climate Change Skeptics On 'Last Week Tonight'

Commented May 12, 2014 at 11:10:37 in Comedy

“What a leap we have made in the past year. People used to outright scoff at anyone who even mentioned Global Warming or Climate Change. Now, the topic has evolved into mitigating the effects of Long Term Climate Change - and THEN the scoffing starts.

Eventually, the vast majority will be on board with whatever it takes to fix and/or tolerate this environmental issue that supersedes all other problems like Bull-ghazi, Obamacare, boys kissing and banking regulations.”

Ryoushii on May 12, 2014 at 13:23:56

“Of course, by then we will be buying oxygen and eating soylent green.”
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