Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:28 am
Income inequality may be the most critical problem America faces, and because masking it worse is a key goal of the Republican Party, they need to fool voters into thinking itís no big deal. They like to do this indirectly through organizations, like Third Way, that pretend bipartisanship, but are really just fronts to push Republican extremism under a kinder, gentler disguise. Robert Reich had a run in with one of those charlatans.
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:27 am
It's really frustrating to see people allowing themselves to believe the republican mantra that by cutting social programs that help the less fortunate (which pretty much is everyone but the wealthy) while continuing to offer tax breaks to the wealthy is in their best interests.
Sunday December 29, 2013, 9:32 am
As my mom would say the Republican party is "n/f" = no redeeming features, but remember there are far too many Democrat collaborators, too. Proof: we don't have a public option in Obamacare. Yes, Elizabeth Warren a few other Democrats are real progressives, but so far, they are just a few. We all need to participate more in governing. As Ben Franklin said, "We must all hang together, for if we do not, we shall surely hang separately."
Hmm, wonder why the Tea Party never quotes Ben? Answer: Their Koch brother sponsors would disown them!
Sunday December 29, 2013, 12:26 pm
When your sources lack credibility or the study had to be withdrawn due to errors, fabricated data or other problems, you quote it without citing it in some circles--is that where Winship falls?
Kit--I hope that Obama's apparent TPP support will lead to enough GOP to oppose.along with Progressives, etc. to stop it.
Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:20 pm
Certainly we need to get the truth out to combat all the moneyed lies and liars, but all the truth in the world will not help if people who know the truth do not vote. So here comes broken record again: GET. OUT. THE. VOTE. You'll probably read it here again. BTW spammer flagged.
Thanks for this, it is indeed a much more serious problem than many people realize, because the people who are experiencing it don't want to talk about it. It's embarrassing in our culture to admit to poverty, even if it is not one's own fault. We need to get it out in the open and take away the stigma that has been associated with it. People today, trying to live in the world that belongs to the 1%, have so many more challenges than ever before.
Of course there will be hard-working, smart, sane, non-addicts (insert whatever negative association Fox news claims all poor people are here) that are impoverished if for every available job there are THREE qualified people trying to get it. And I'm not talking cushy, overpaid, bloated, most-desirable jobs. I'm talking just regular Joe jobs. If 3 people enter, only one person can get it, so yeah. Two people are going hungry no matter how hard they try.
Sunday December 29, 2013, 8:21 pm
Interesting to note an item in the NYT concerning income and mobility of those from the poor sectors of society is more difficult in the U.S. than most western nations. The Republicans want to continue this trend since their polices are geared to those with far more income.
"At least five large studies in recent years have found the United States to be less mobile than comparable nations. A project led by Markus Jantti, an economist at a Swedish university, found that 42 percent of American men raised in the bottom fifth of incomes stay there as adults. That shows a level of persistent disadvantage much higher than in Denmark (25 percent) and Britain (30 percent) ó a country famous for its class constraints.
Meanwhile, just 8 percent of American men at the bottom rose to the top fifth. That compares with 12 percent of the British and 14 percent of the Danes."
Sunday December 29, 2013, 11:00 pm
Thanks, TomCat. It was due time this problem that underlies nearly all American economic problems is brought to our attention again. As we saw yesterday, income inequality is one of the main reasons for educational inequality and a lagging behind in educational scores by the US compared to countries equally wealthy. In fact there is almost no troubling issue which is not in some way connected to this ever increasing inequality. And yes, the Republicans - because they are either in corporate business themselves or are 'influenced' by the big corporations - are the political force behind the growing discrepancy.
Thank goodness there are a few bright stars like Robert Reich who make it clear where the root of the problem lies. But preaching for your own congregation (does that make any sense in English?) isn't enough. The average Republican voter, who isn't that different from you and I, needs convincing that he or she has been lied to by a party that doesn't give a frack about their own constituents but is only motivated by greed and selfishness.
Monday December 30, 2013, 12:21 am
Thanks everyone, spammer excepted. Certainly the Dems are far from perfect, but our best shot at change is changing them from within and making them better, like the Baggers made the Republicans even worse.
Monday December 30, 2013, 12:55 am
It's the Republicans that see no problem with inequality simply because it's their arrogant, selfish gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, mindsets that perpetuate the problem as their pockets are being lined thanks to tax breaks and pro-corporate elitism, nevermind the fact that they see the 99% as inferior.
Monday December 30, 2013, 6:52 am
Thanks TC. Dems need to be reminded about the social needs required in this nation. We will have better luck working with them and not against them. That doesn't mean we have to be nice, just strong in our approach. The 2% could care less about the 98%. It could get nasty for them, especially if incomes don't improve and current middle class and poor salaries continue to decline in $$$value. Relevant education should be front and center to maintain a qualified workforce that keeps the US in the fray.
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 9:18 am
"To the fervent proponents of ruthless corporate capitalism I say: make a millionaire CEO live as a poor sweatshop worker in Indonesia for one month and then ask him about the merits of the world economic system." ó Vassilis Epaminondou