Is the US becoming a serf economy

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    ]The Gini Index measures how wealth is collected and held.

    There is no right or wrong formula to it, but I dare say most of us do want to live in a society with no incentives or rewards, but neither do many of us want to feel that we can not work our way up in the world.

    Most developed capitalist societies are spread in a loose bunch from the Scandinavian nations at one end, towards Portugal and Japan at the other.

    The US, however, is now miles off by itself, with countries like Iran and Jamaica for company.

    What this shows is that the US is a society in which a massive proportion of wealth is held by the super rich. It may be an exaggeration to say that in resembles a feudal society with lords and ladies lazing around playing polo while the workers go off to fight wars, but it isn't far off.

    In my opinion, this should be regarded as a national disgrace and embarassment. It in no way resembles the ideals upon which America is founded, IMO.

    List of countries by income equality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Funny how this is occurring under a democrat. This is what happens when the government takes over the industry and free market.
     
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    Actually, the big change occured under Reagan.

    I would agree that the situation hasn't improved under Democrat governments, though.
     
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    Maybe you need to brush up on your English before posting again.
     
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    If you were a little more aware of this Nations history, you would know we were much closer to a "serf economy" in our past than today.
     
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    Um....did you see anyone suggest that you were NOT closer to a surf economy in your past.

    I would agree that you were, and also add that I think basically every western demcracy was a serf economy in the 17th century.
     
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    Funny, you don't see most of the innovation and technology coming out of northeastern Europe these days. No, you see that coming out of the UNITED STATES and Eastern Asia. LOL

    Our system is better as it gets people to innovate and to think, while Europe these days just hands them free shit.
     
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    Perhaps you need to look at the chart again.

    What your system does is pour money into the hands of a rich elite.

    If you think that encourages thinking and innovation, I'd be interested as to how that works.

    btw, northeastern Europe? You mean Poland?
     
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    We're the worst we've been since the 20's- see VOODOO tax rates and my sig pp1. Obama is just starting to turn it around. A Pub DEPRESSION is not the time to raise taxes on the rich. Even the A-Holes that got us in this mess. Neither is O-care a serf thing.
     
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    I think this material shows that the wealthy in the US get an easier ride than they do in any other country on earth. Too easy.

    I am pro-capitalist, pro-incentives and all for people earning the most they can in life, but I also believe wealthy people can pay a fair amount towards supporting the system that produces that wealth.

    The average compensation of a CEO in 1980 was about 40 times that of the average worker in his company. Today it is more than 500 times.

    For the US to create and grow - that needs to change.
     

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