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The Rise Of The Non-Working Rich

Robert Reich | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything." In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs. The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing. In fact, we're on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history. The wealth is coming from those who over the last three decades earned huge amounts on Wall Street, in corporate boardrooms, or as high-tech entrepreneurs. It's going to their children, who did nothing except be born into the right family.

James Franco, What Are Your Thoughts?

Abhishek Seth | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
Abhishek Seth

I'm speechless. Copyright © Pawel Kuczynski The real worth of artwork in society. Ishan, thank you for showing me these pai...

A Birdbrained Approach to Income Inequities

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Admittedly, pecking order is a rule of nature, even though our American forefathers promoted the concept that "all men are created equal." That is not so today in our country where the biggest bird not only has the advantage of eating the most seed, but shrieking if the little birds attempt to eat at all.

Are Healthy Pets for the Rich Only? We Can Do Better Than This!

Janet Kinosian | Posted 04.06.2013 | Green
Janet Kinosian

Just as with human health care in the United States, I believe the once good and affordable-for-all health care system for companion animals has been hijacked by those interested in money.

Good News! Not So Fast...

Frank Dwyer | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Jack Welch says something's fishy: would a maker be born in a manger?...

The Rich Are Different

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.20.2013 | Money
Peter A. Georgescu

Hemingway was right: the rich are like all the rest, except they have more money.

One and Done (for Now) After Reading Certain Novelists

Dave Astor | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Of course, not reading more of an author is a no-brainer when you thoroughly dislike the first novel you try by him or her. But things get trickier when you have some positive feelings about a book, as I did with The Magnificent Ambersons.

When a Novel's Main Character Is Unlikable

Dave Astor | Posted 02.28.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With all the bad people in real-life politics and big business, do we really want to read about bad people in novels?

Hate the Rich? Try Applauding Them!

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

If Liberals can, for just one moment, try to mind their own business, perhaps focusing on bettering themselves financially instead of bringing everybody else down, maybe, just maybe, we can right our shaky economy and get on the path to prosperity once again.

The Rich Won't Speak For Themselves. So I'll Step Up.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

Do the top one percent of American taxpayers truly believe that the government should shut down if we increase their taxes by what amounts to a rounding error? They're conspicuously silent of late.

'Butler School': High-End Servant Industry Makes A Comeback

BusinessWeek | Max Abelson | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business

The resurgence of rich people has triggered a rebirth elsewhere in the industry. "When we hit last summer, that's when all of a sudden the economy rea...

Senior Bashing Is Back in Season

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

How can Social Security possibly reduce debt? It might sound too good to be true. But in this case, it is true.

New York Times Fuels War Against The Middle Class

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan Tasini

Apparently, the New York Times has decided nobody should count on decent pensions, health care, and decent wages as part of a decent standard of living in the future. All that is just too "generous."

Wealthy People Have Harder Time Detecting Others' Emotions: Study

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rich people don't choose to be rude. They simply can't help it. Affluent people -- in terms of income, social status and education -- have trouble de...

After Obama-GOP Tax Deal, AFL-CIO's Trumka Seeks to Rally Liberals to Save Medicare, Social Security

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

Will labor and progressive groups have the financial and organizational power to fight an ascendant GOP and outside pro-business conservative groups?

'Heiress Camps' Teach The Wealthy About Money

Newsweek | Nancy Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

These financial seminars are fairly secretive. The firms and banks do not want outsiders to know which millionaires or billionaires attended, nor will...

The New American Oligarchy: Creating a Country of the Rich, by the Rich, and for the Rich

Andy Kroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Kroll

You can't understand how the rich seized control of American politics, and arguably American society, without understanding how a small group of Americans got so much money in the first place.

First Step: Define the Problem

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

I'm rich! I've worked hard to make America my cow! Her milk is mine!...

The Bigger Shame: The Rich Got Richer

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Respectfully, we can rage about the spectacle of bonuses on Wall Street, but the real crime is this: while a fiscal crisis mushrooms, the richest Americans are let off the hook.

Tom Wolfe: The Rich Have Feelings Too - Vanity Fair

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Do the rich have feelings too? In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Tom Wolfe, who famously chronicled the buyout kings of the 1980s in The Bonfire Of ...

Here's Why Nice Work Pays Much Better

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christina Patterson

Politicians basically agree with the bankers. They think that the most highly educated people in our society are the ones most likely to operate on a base level of animal greed.

Governor Paterson, Have You Lost Your Moral Compass?

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

It's regular people who had nothing to do with this financial disaster who continue to take the hit. In New York, Paterson's new budget takes aim at workers and lets the rich of the hook.

the daily szep- The Woes of Wall Street

Paul Szep | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Szep

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The Mansion Trap

Vicky Ward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vicky Ward

On February 25 of this year, the famed Hearst residence Villa Venezia was foreclosed on for $22 million. It was revealed that Veronica Hearst was $45 million in debt and was living a life she could not afford.

We Have Plenty Of Money -- The Rich Are Killing Us

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

While our country is disintegrating, the rich are hiding. They are hiding behind a decades-long ideology that paralyzes the political system from being serious about what the rich should pay.