At what point do you care about economic inequality?

Menerva Lindsen

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So I've noticed that people have varying opinions on when it makes sense for society to do something about income inequality.
Some people seem to not care at all about how large the difference is between the haves and the have nots.
Right now in the US, we live in an incredibly unequal society, with financial gods pulling in as much resources as small cities filled with normal workers, while most people make under 50k per year. The Waltons, the family of four that owns Walmart, currently own more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans (around 80 million people).
Are you okay with this level of income inequality? Do you think we're living in a just, Democratic society with this kind of wealth inbalance? Is Democracy even possible when so few people hold so much power? What if it were worse? What if say, the top 50 most wealthy Americans all individually earned more than than the bottom 90 percent of the US population? At what point does income inequality become indicative of a problem with society? At what point, if ever, do we start to consider doing something about it?
 

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The poorest people today have access to many of the luxuries that only the 'haves' had only a generation ago.
As for what to do about poor people making as much as the rich people, they can go out and make their own money if being rich is so important to them. Nobody's stopping them -- except obama energy policy. Otherwise be a little more grateful and appreciative of all that we all have and enjoy yourself.
And end the obama energy policy fiasco so the poorer people don't have financial burdens added.
 

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So I've noticed that people have varying opinions on when it makes sense for society to do something about income inequality.
Some people seem to not care at all about how large the difference is between the haves and the have nots.
Right now in the US, we live in an incredibly unequal society, with financial gods pulling in as much resources as small cities filled with normal workers, while most people make under 50k per year. The Waltons, the family of four that owns Walmart, currently own more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans (around 80 million people).
Are you okay with this level of income inequality? Do you think we're living in a just, Democratic society with this kind of wealth inbalance? Is Democracy even possible when so few people hold so much power? What if it were worse? What if say, the top 50 most wealthy Americans all individually earned more than than the bottom 90 percent of the US population? At what point does income inequality become indicative of a problem with society? At what point, if ever, do we start to consider doing something about it?
We do more than what is needed.

We take care of the truly needy, and millions of able bodied people that would die in most other countries get to tag along.

Intelligence and initiative are not evenly distributed, so wealth never will be either.
 

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So if I get a $1 million lottery ticket and you only get one worth $100,000, you're going to be pissed off?
 

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The wealthy at the top end do not take away wages from earners at the bottom or the middle. It seems that income inequality is more about jealousy than (ugh) "fairness".
 

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So I've noticed that people have varying opinions on when it makes sense for society to do something about income inequality.
Some people seem to not care at all about how large the difference is between the haves and the have nots.
Right now in the US, we live in an incredibly unequal society, with financial gods pulling in as much resources as small cities filled with normal workers, while most people make under 50k per year. The Waltons, the family of four that owns Walmart, currently own more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans (around 80 million people).
Are you okay with this level of income inequality? Do you think we're living in a just, Democratic society with this kind of wealth inbalance? Is Democracy even possible when so few people hold so much power? What if it were worse? What if say, the top 50 most wealthy Americans all individually earned more than than the bottom 90 percent of the US population? At what point does income inequality become indicative of a problem with society? At what point, if ever, do we start to consider doing something about it?

Why are progs so hung up on what the very top 1% is making?
Are the poor people in America living in straw huts with no running water or electricity? There will always be a few super rich as well as the bottom-feeders. Here is a thought, why not just be concerned about your own finances and learn to save and invest?
 

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How dare Nancy Reagan be fair!

Of course had she pulled strings libs today would say she pulled strings for a personal friend. Even though Hudson was not a friend at all. They knew each other from the Hollywood days.
 

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The now-defunct boom in the oil and natural gas industries were a godsend to the middle class as well as the poor and under educated. By the tens of thousands, anyone willing to work their asses off headed for where the action was. Now that prices have crashed, the layoffs have begun. Has Obama stepped in to assist? Fuck no.

Obama's response has been to revise his previously proposed budget. Instead of $40 billion in new taxes on oil and natural gas, he's bumped it up to $65 billion. He could give a flying fuck about nurturing an economic climate that leads to real job growth. Instead, he creates incentive to drop out of the job marketplace and then manipulates unemployment numbers to his liking.
What a goddamn nightmare of a "President".
 

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So I've noticed that people have varying opinions on when it makes sense for society to do something about income inequality.
Some people seem to not care at all about how large the difference is between the haves and the have nots.
Right now in the US, we live in an incredibly unequal society, with financial gods pulling in as much resources as small cities filled with normal workers, while most people make under 50k per year. The Waltons, the family of four that owns Walmart, currently own more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans (around 80 million people).
Are you okay with this level of income inequality? Do you think we're living in a just, Democratic society with this kind of wealth inbalance? Is Democracy even possible when so few people hold so much power? What if it were worse? What if say, the top 50 most wealthy Americans all individually earned more than than the bottom 90 percent of the US population? At what point does income inequality become indicative of a problem with society? At what point, if ever, do we start to consider doing something about it?
So, detail for us what form of tyranny you would support to make things equitable.
 

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