America's Staggering Inequality and Our Strong Preference for a Swedish Alternative

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    Jonathan Weiler: America's Staggering Inequality and Our Strong Preference for a Swedish Alternative

    Of course, many think inequality is irrelevant, as long as a rising tide lifts all boats. But while the wealthiest Americans live ever more opulent lifestyles, ordinary Americans, especially at the sixtieth percentile and below are running in place, if not falling further behind. For one thing, the typical household puts in longer work hours now than was true in 1979, placing added strains on many American families. Furthermore, in the past three years the general picture of distribution has likely worsened, with record levels of long-term unemployment as well as draconian cuts to basic services like health care and education at the state and local level, which have disproportionately affected people lower down the income ladder. So, the relatively weak gains for the majority of Americans in the past thirty years have been precarious, subject to a swift and un-nerving reversal of fortune, while those at the top continue to enjoy record incomes and wealth.


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    If you want to live under a socialist system, stay in Europe. Americans are not Europeans. Our way is the American Way. Don't like it, fuck off.
     
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    The working classes and the poor need to start voting, let's not move any closer to what happened in Egypt. When elections are determined by the special interest whiners and wonks, the whiners win.

    See my sig for inequality and its consequences.

    "['Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act'— now widely referred to as welfare repeal]...fails to acknowledge the role that scientific poverty expertise played in bringing welfare as we knew it to an end. Following a well-established pattern in post–Great Society policy analysis, the Clinton administration’s poverty experts had already embraced and defined the parameters of a sweeping welfare reform featuring proposals that promised to change the behavior of poor people while paying little more than rhetorical attention to the problems of low-wage work, rising income inequality, or structural economic change, and none at all to the steadily mounting political disenfranchisement of the postindustrial working class. Approaching the poverty problem within the narrow conceptual frame of individual failings rather than structural inequality, of cultural and skill “deficits” rather than the unequal distribution of power and wealth, the social scientific architects of President Clinton’s original, comparatively less punitive welfare reform proposal made “dependency” their principal target and then stood by helpless as congressional conservatives took their logic to its radical extreme. Their helplessness in the matter was not just a matter of “bad” politics laying “good” scientific knowledge to waste. It was also a failure of the knowledge itself." Introduction, Alice O'Connor: 'Poverty Knowledge' [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Poverty-Knowledge-Science-Twentieth-Century-Politics/dp/0691102554/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8]Amazon.com: Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy, and the Poor in Twentieth-Century U.S. History (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America) (9780691102559): Alice O'Connor: Books[/ame]



    "In the political turnover in the United States in the autumn of 1994, as previously indicated, those opposing aid to the poor in its several forms won their stunning victory with the support of less than one quarter all eligible voters, fewer than half of whom had gone to the polls. The popular and media response was that those who had prevailed represented the view and voice of the public. Had there been a full turnout at the election, both the result and the reaction would have been decidedly different. The sense of social responsibility for the poor would have been greatly enhanced." John Kenneth Galbraith 'The Good Society'
     
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    What is the Population of Sweden??? What is Sweden's Immigration and Naturalization Policy???
     
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    Socialism is designed to reduce the gap between rich and poor. Conservative capitalism is designed to widen it.
     
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    Hey, what's stopping you from moving?
    See ya.
     
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    Why don't you conservatives move? You're always complaining about what's wrong with the U.S.
     
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    After WW2 there was a sense of shared citizenship in this nation. The income tax for the very wealthy was high, and very low for the working poor and middle class. We were building and improving our infrastructure, were a lending nation, rather than a debtor nation. The social mobility was far greater then than it is now. In both directions. ]

    However you want to cut it, something has changed for the worse in our nation in my lifetime. We now have an aristocracy, people whose wealth and power is handed from generation to generation, regardless of ability or merit. Theodore Roosevelt predicted this outcome at the turn of the last century if wealth was allowed to accumulate in just a few families. We are seeing it now. Egypt could very well be us in another generation.
     
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    bullshit, Everybody has the opportunity to MAKE something of themselves if they CHOSE to.
    It's nobodies FAULT but their own if they CHOSE not to. And it isn't the Responsibility of the people who do make something of themselves to TAKE CARE of those who CHOSE not to.
    That's the beauty of LIVING IN FREE COUNTRY.

    You all don't like it, you friggen move.
     
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    The difference is that we don't hold other countries up as a shining example that we should follow. We are not followers. We are leaders. It's the lefties who whine about other countries doing it better. And yet, those countries are not as free as we are. You would sacrifice freedom for an easy life. We will not. We will live by the US Constitution. You will shred it.
     
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