Economic Inequality = Political Inequality

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    If voter participation is the best means for measuring civic and political engagement, what does it say about political equality in the US when voters whose income is in the top 20% experience a nearly 100% turn-out while voters in the bottom group participate at less than a three-quarters rate?

    It means the principle that says each person carries equal weight in the conduct of public business in the US is being crucified on a cross of gold:

    "And that something (that depresses voter turnout) is income inequality, as a new report from the OECD on the Better Life Index shows. Of the thirty-four countries included in the report, the U.S. ranks second to last in social inequality, bested only by South Korea.

    "When it comes to income inequality we are at the extreme end of the scale, with levels similar to those of Cameroon, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Nepal and Uganda."

    Income Inequality Keeps Poorer Americans Away from the Polls | The Nation

    Twenty-eight percent fewer voters among the bottom quintile will bother casting a vote next November because they know the 1% have already decided the outcome in their favor.

    Something that will never change by "choosing" between Republican OR Democrat in the voting booth.
     
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    "It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few...
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    Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world
    Jan 15,`17 -- The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.
     
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    I don't think it's a coincidence when eight billionaires amass more wealth than the poorest 3.6 billion human beings. Capitalism produces goods solely for those with enough money to buy them; production is profit-based rather than based on human need. This accumulation of capital from profit, as opposed to economic growth, explains why tens of millions of humans die from malnutrition every year while, at the same time, Bill and Mike and Larry and Mark and Jeff and Warren and a couple of other useless eaters acquire more wealth than the poorest 3.6 billion people. I wonder if that trend will continue?
     
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    About half the world has debt, so it's not a staggering achievement to... not have debt.

    Once again, libs being illiterate in economics. That's what happens when you take your advice from father Marx. You end up so broke that a single guy has more wealth than all of you combined. Let that be the warning.
     
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    Btw those are all libs not paying their fair share........
     
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    And your equation does not compute.........How much money you have has no bearing on how often you vote
     
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    How much money you have does correlate with whether or not you vote.

    Income Inequality Keeps Poorer Americans Away from the Polls

    " Across all OECD countries, individual income has an effect on whether citizens show up at the polls, with an average 7 percent jump for those who are in the top 20 percent versus those in the bottom 20 percent.

    "Things are far, far worse here at home, though.

    "Those whose income is in the top 20 percent experience a near 100 percent turnout rate, making full use of their right to vote. But the rate for those in the bottom group is less than three-quarters.

    "That makes for a whopping 28 percent gap between the two on election day, which again seems only to be beaten by South Korea. On top of this, those with more education—also often tied to income—are more likely to vote than less educated people, likely augmenting the phenomenon."
     
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    Or maybe successful people are simply more responsible.......Again you have shown no proof wealth is the cause
     
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    And class warfare is in american right????? It is unacceptable right? Lmao at america...I got mine....if you don't have yours its your fault. This is america now. It is STRICTLY about personal responsibility and nothing about the country. At last I can wipe my boots on my flag and be proud....there are some greadse stains on my flag as my wood cutting boots have leaked on it. But it does absorb grease nicely.
     
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    TThe flag soaks up grease like a sponge.....!good deal
     

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