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How About America Holding a Year of Jubilee?

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- 1904 days ago -
Though the Bible is mentioned a lot here, that does not make me a very religious person. Where I'm really coming from is about what Steve Miller sang about about all of us having been working so hard that we have got to get down to the swingtown.


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Yvonne F (181)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:32 am
Great article!!!! So true! Thanks Michael for sharing

Kit B (276)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:52 am

Take away all the religious embellishment, the lengthy and almost completely self aggrandized political rhetoric from our elected "leaders" and this becomes a manageable problem. We still have the misconception that there is some special quality about the rich, there is not. They are not even doing the one thing we expect, no demand of them, provide jobs, pay a fair wage for the current cost of living. We have protected them from the need to be a part of the American conversation. If they are to hold citizenship in this country, we must demand they pay a fair and equal (in some cases more than equal) share of our burdens.

Call it fair taxation or redistribution of wealth, why not the wealth has been redistributed upward for so long that those not of at least millionaire status are indeed living on a tight rope. I would like to see people step and grab their opportunities, but when there are no opportunities, what then are they to grab?

Interesting article, Michael.

Michela M (3964)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:55 am

Mandi T (366)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:01 am

Merike Lillenberg (52)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:06 am
Noted. Itīs true!

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:20 am

lee e (114)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:29 am
Thanks Michael, a great article - one that inspires action! This, right after seeing "Wolf of Wall St.", depicting the ill-gotten gains that Wall St. inspires, and the decadence and corruption of American capitalism - I suppose the truth of the movie is missed by those who need "spoon-feeding" - but it's a tour-de-force acting job by DeCaprio! (but I digress)
I think Kit makes a good point and I would call it "redistribution" - and actually even as an atheist, I'm glad that so much religiosity was noted in the article, a lot of these rich 1%'ers claim to be "religious", while they act like "wolves", either corporate, or fraudsters on Wall St., they're also in Congress - hopefully (provided too much gerrymandering and voter suppression doesn't corrupt our democracy), we can take action with our votes!

divergent r (309)
Friday January 3, 2014, 12:20 pm
Kit, I've always considered a flat tax to be fair.
the more you buy, consume, extravagantly pay for
the more taxes you pay..that way the rich and especially
the nouveaux riche pay the highest level of taxes.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday January 3, 2014, 1:02 pm
tasunka - but they don't. They don't pay on capital gains because that is not spending. They don't pay on stock transfers because that is not spending. What the very rich spend, though it may seem great to us poor, is a miniscule percentage of what they have and what they get. What the poor spend is everything that have. Your justification is exactly what the 1% think.
Oh, and why so hard on the nouveau riche? They are the ones who are theoretically living the American Dream and so highly praised by the Reich Wing. It's those who have inherited vast wealth that are good for nothing.
Here's an idea: No estate taxes up to $500,000 per estate or $250,000 per heir, whichever is more. Everything over that, estate tax of 100%. Now THAT's fair. With a Robin Hood tax on financial transactions, most other taxes could probably be eliminated.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday January 3, 2014, 1:43 pm
Thanks Michael

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:27 pm
Thanks Michael. And I agree Kit. Elements in our society still hold up the wealthy and their lifestyle as some sort of holy grail. Their wealth is often gained on the backs of others and is the result more of lucky birth than it is of hard work. Time for an awakening here.

Birgit W (160)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:33 pm
Year of Jubilee? About what? I don't see it.

Lynn Carin (367)
Friday January 3, 2014, 3:41 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing, Michael.

Winn A (179)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:07 pm

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday January 3, 2014, 5:14 pm
Thanks Michael

Genoveva M (328)
Friday January 3, 2014, 7:38 pm
Thanks Michael for sharing this article.

Nancy C (806)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 12:28 am
I know that any day, for multifarious reasons, I could be the gentle homeless person who I give a few bucks to when I can. If politics were pure and not riddled with lobbyists, bribes, filibusters, greed and absurdity, we ALL may have a chance at a decent life. Instead, I see more theft and counterfeit monies each year! There will always be the few who would never care to earn an honest dollar, but the desperation of the many is growing. The one percent makes my blood boil. Politicians with gumption (thought we might have had a pres) could begin to turn this around. Tax laws need major change in the favor of the oppressed and struggling, not stirring the pot for the flamboyantly rich and grossly protected. Grassroots actions are a necessity. We have no other alternative at this time. Thanx Michael.

Nancy C (806)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 12:32 am
Oh yes, and why isn't hemp popular...and why was the electric car and cures for many diseases squelched before they had a run??? Of course, the almighty dollar gain for the corporation personhoods...Been goin' on too long. We let it happen. It's our responsibility to get in there and fight...

Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:06 am
Fascinating Concept, but thoroughly unworkable...

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:39 am
Thanks Michael.

Micahel D (1021)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 3:45 am
Alan, what we have now is working. It hasn't been working for quite a while now so it will take some to get things right. But to lighten everybody's load can be done, for it's already working for the elite.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 4:18 am
Noted. Thanks Michael for sharing.

Maria Cristina A (119)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 9:14 am
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Jennifer G (20)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 9:26 am
Nice...thanks for posting, Michael

John D (50)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 9:54 am
We all have to face some individual choices that may not be comfortable to make but the time is now...

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 2:19 pm
Noted w/thanks for posting, Michael. I've also been seeing some articles this week reporting that specific 1%-ers are not happy with the new pope and his comments on the world financial system favoring the wealthy. Oh, this could be an interesting year! I'm in the midst of reading "Pope Francis: Liberation Theology's Second Act?" in The Nation magazine, by Harvey Cox, 1/6/14. Sorry I don't have the link.

Lydia S (155)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 5:39 pm
Thanks , Always a thought provoking post .

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 8:26 pm
It's time that American workers and their families get the "bail-out" that they need from the economic disaster that Wall Street and the 1% elites inflicted upon this economy. They got their bail-out, now it's time that all of the rest of us get ours.

Carmen S (611)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 5:08 am
Thanks Michael for sharing this very interesting post.

Star S. (54)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 12:52 pm
thank you Michael for the article, and Happy New Year to all the care2 members who have noted the article. perhaps 2014, will show that mankind takes a step in the right direction. Afterall wthout hope, no progress can be made.

Micahel D (1021)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 1:45 pm
Thanks Helen, reality does tell me that all we can hope for are steps in the right direction. Finding coming ground from all of the divided sides is a must. Lost of people know that the system today does not work for the regular people. A goal here on care2 of mine, has always been to give the people a break, and when informed about nature, figure they then will take care of mother earth.

Esther Z (94)
Friday January 10, 2014, 7:01 am
As stated in, "The Center for Responsive Politics analyzed the personal financial disclosure data from 2012 of the 534 current members of Congress and found that, for the first time, more than half had an average net worth of $1 million or more: 268 to be exact, up from 257 the year earlier."

Is it any surprise that most members of Congress, especially the Republicans, are more concerned with protecting the interests of the 1%? As indicative of the past elections, Citizens United vs FEC has given the 1% even more leverage in buying elections and candidates that will only fight for corporate interests, and is slowing silencing the voice, and really the vote, of the average American. Welcome to a Plutocracy!


Lisa Z (168)
Friday February 14, 2014, 4:25 pm
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