“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.”
“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.”
“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
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.”
“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-
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”