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John Oliver: The Rich Keep the Game Rigged While Americans Cling to False Optimism (TEXT and VIDEO)

Society & Culture  (tags: John Oliver, media, TV, income inequality, class warfare, government, ethics, politics, society, rights )

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In an extended segment on HBO's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver turned his gaze on income inequality, noting that Americans overwhelmingly believe that the system favors the rich while, at the same time, accepting it, believing they too will...

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Sue Matheson (79)
Monday July 14, 2014, 11:43 am

Nancy M (169)
Monday July 14, 2014, 12:37 pm
so true that it makes me want to cry. why are some in such denial?

Roger Skinner (14)
Monday July 14, 2014, 1:40 pm
You are more likely to get hit by lightning than you are to become rich through hard work. The system is pretty much rigged against you.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday July 14, 2014, 4:47 pm
Noted w/thanks, Carrie. I absolutely love this show! Such excellent points made.....especially that we have so many truly delusional Americans.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 14, 2014, 7:27 pm
Guess the American dream is truly lost...

Angelus Silesius (120)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 6:26 am
The majority of Americans are lving on the edge without liveable wages. They use credit as financial "swap space" to cover the difference between what incomes should be and what they actually are. In order to drive credit, reports are put out instilling false optimism in the economy so that people enter into credit obligations and essentially promising future earnings to the creditors, based on HOPE that their incomes will remain stable or even grow. But companies all over the USA do not extend assurances to workers of stable income and when they decide to outsource jobs most employees take the hit and default on credit obligations, which destroys them personally for factors beyond their personal control

Ralph F (67)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 2:27 pm
To think otherwise would be unAmerican I suppose . . .

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 7:05 pm
Those Democrats that "distanced themselves" ought to be ashamed...and spanked!
"Capitalism Hits the Fan," by Richard Wolff, of M.I.T., and "Democracy for the Few," by Michael Parenti, make the case so well!
St. Ronald, so beloved of the "haves" helped accelerate the inequality, which is why he is so beloved.

Bill and Katie D (107)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 10:57 pm
John Oliver is so good telling how it really is.
Thank You

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Wednesday July 16, 2014, 6:21 am

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 5:02 pm
He's right, of course. This is now rapidly becoming an OLIGARCHY.

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