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Five Ugly Extremes Of Inequality In America

Any one of the ten richest Americans could pay the housing for every single homeless person.

by Anonymousreply 2903/27/2013

[quote] The riches person in America also happened to work harder and smarter than the rest of America

I highly doubt that.

by Anonymousreply 203/26/2013

[quote] The riches person in America also happened to work harder and smarter than the rest of America

Or, you know, chose the right parents.

by Anonymousreply 303/26/2013

Or you were lucky....And scored big somewhere....

by Anonymousreply 403/26/2013

The richest people in America are criminals. No exceptions.

by Anonymousreply 503/26/2013

quote]The riches person in America also happened to work harder and smarter than the rest of America.

no one, yes, NO one is that much smarter, sorry, you're just wrong.

by Anonymousreply 703/26/2013

[quote]Why should successful people be forced to pay for others' stupidity?

because all of the reasons you mentioned aren't always in evidence, and getting those folks off drugs, off the street, and productive actually DOES make you life better. so stop being such a prissy cunt and do something for others every once in a while.

by Anonymousreply 803/26/2013

The rewards for success is one thing but what about maintaining a sense of compassion and scale? Does that drive not have an impact on those around the successful? There are no easy answers but the inequality now present is a reflection on our current values as a culture, and how those in positions of wealth use theirs.

I can't take issue with talented, hard working people being rewarded for their productivity. I do have an issue with wealthy people being able to control *national policy* through campaign contributions. The rich should never have Congress in their pockets, this is the root of the problem.

by Anonymousreply 903/26/2013

[quote] fine arts degrees

r10, did you miss that? Right there with laziness and drugs.

R6 is an asshat extraordinaire, probably has rush limbaugh blaring in the background.

by Anonymousreply 1103/26/2013

[quote] Homeless people are homeless because they are either mentally ill or druggies

Actually, many of them are the war veterans that you freepers worship... until they need help.

by Anonymousreply 1303/26/2013

Eventually, a society has to deal with where the line of freedom and ethics diverge. The fact that our presidential administrations allowed $700 billion for the banks (never mind other industries that received funds or subsidies) and now the *real* people are told to tighten their belts and deal with cuts to other funded benefits. We have become a corporatocracy and the actual real people are in a long line behind business, despite the fact that the real people are the engine that actually runs the machine!

by Anonymousreply 1403/26/2013

I've come close to homelessness. I don't drink or do drugs. I have three post-grad degrees (in marketable fields). But I had cancer and had lost my insurance and my job. I don't have family. I was lucky I had great credit because I lived on my Master Card for 13 months. Had I not had that card, I don't know what would have happened.

I subsequently got a job (teaching) and I've paid my bills. But it took almost a decade to get back on my feet.

by Anonymousreply 1503/26/2013

If you added up all the spare bedrooms in the houses of people attending just one Gala for the Homeless in Seattle, you could shelter our entire local homeless population five times over. (Hint: this will never happen.)

by Anonymousreply 1603/26/2013

Private capitalist-control over the means of production and the accumulation of enormous amounts of private wealth is only possible because the capitalists rule by force, by military might. The U.S. military—the most powerful military ever—is currently the biggest roadblock to human progress and to the ultimate goal of a peaceful and equitable world.

by Anonymousreply 1703/26/2013

((Hugs)) to r15

by Anonymousreply 1803/26/2013

They made their money on the backs of poor people. Now they direct their vast fortunes toward political endeavors which oppress them.

by Anonymousreply 1903/26/2013

Why is there never middle ground between "kill all the rich people" and Lenin?

All rich people are not Satan - some were born with wealth and have tried to do some good, some like Gates have taken their wealth and used (and their children will not inherit more than a token amount), some are the satanic Koch brothers. Exactly on which poor backs did Zuckerberg build his wealth, indentured programming slaves? The stupid, yes, but not the poor.

Not ever homeless person is a drunk, but many are.

For a group who've spent their lives being stereotyped to death - literally and figuratively - you people really need some balance.

by Anonymousreply 2003/27/2013

The richest people in America did not work hard for it. I highly doubt they have worked as hard as the average construction worker or waitress or even janitor. They were fortunate to have the right connections to get them into the right positions to be able to manipulate money.

Money manipulation is the easiest way to make a lot of quick money now and it should not be so.

Why does someone who does literally back breaking work be paid pennies compared to some schmuck in a suit in tie who gets paid millions to sit at a cushy desk and push a couple of buttons on a computer, thus manipulating millions of dollars at any given moment?

by Anonymousreply 2103/27/2013

You're a fool, R21. You can't be more than 12 years old.

by Anonymousreply 2203/27/2013

If r21 is 12, r22 must be 6!

by Anonymousreply 2303/27/2013

r22 is the fool.

Keep sucking up to the 1% you bourgeois idiot. The scraps they throw you off the big boy's table won't sustain you forever, queen. will never be rich. They have sold you a bill of goods.

by Anonymousreply 2403/27/2013

R22 you must be very rich. Since we all know you are smart.

by Anonymousreply 2503/27/2013

I'd say the riches people in America are probably responsible for 50% of the poorest people in America.

by Anonymousreply 2603/27/2013


Camel-eye-needle is a provefrb for a reason. The rich don't live up to the duty that comes with power, but they sure get the "power" part right.

Until we hvae a truly level playikng field and a meritocracy, money is a privilege.

The problem with the I-got-mine-to-hell-with-you agttitude is that capitalism is sold to the poor as a way up economically. Once capitalism stops serving the masss, the masses will stop serving capitalism. This is why Obama won in 2012 despite the fed printing trillions. We'd rather keep everyone fed and hoursed rather than score a few DGP points.

Why would the one percent expect 99 percent of the public to go against its own interests? It's one-man/one-vote, not one-dollar/one-vote.

Communism failed because it failed to keep its promises as well. What we have now in America is capitalism with strong socialist overtones, and it seems to be working. Socialism is a logical punishment against the rich who try to hoard wealth.

by Anonymousreply 2703/27/2013

The smartest people don't need money and don't obsses over it.

by Anonymousreply 2803/27/2013

I agree wholeheartedly with R21.

There can be no doubt that greed is one of the most significant dangers facing society. Income equality is growing wider by day, and we have billionaire media owners force feeding stories that equate extreme wealth with hard work. Other billionaires fund political campaigns aimed entirely at boosting their already overwhelming bank accounts. It's not sustainable.

We don't even need to look at the homeless to see the damage it's causing. Not everyone needs or wants to be a millionaire. Many people are happy to have jobs that allow them to raise a couple of kids and live a simple life. You can't do that on a minimum wage. It's terrible to think that people who work jobs that make billions for their owners can't even afford to take their kids to the movies.

Hardly anyone stops to ask, how much money does someone really need?

by Anonymousreply 2903/27/2013
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