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How should we solve wealth inequality?
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maxgale wrote:
"Myth?"


Yes, myth. The infamous lobster/steak case was a dumbass in Michigan that used his ex-gf's card. ( He was also arrested for food stamp fraud, btw ). Attempting to regulate poor people down to what they eat its pretty condescending. Its also a logistical nightmare from a strictly pragmatic standpoint and would require more government oversight and taxpayer dollars. Someone using their benefits to buy lobster does not magically get more money out of their benefits. All they do is essentially waste what little money they have.

Hence all the bills aimed at doing this have failed.



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Since, ya know, we've probably subsidized the hell outta your country for decades.


I'm Canadian. Nice try though. Given that the majority of your foreign and military aid is poured into the Middle East where precisely were you betting I was from? -.-

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Tax the rich and then use that to raise the money that employees get. The rich paid 90% tax at one point but they were still rich. The rich benifit from having happier employees and benifit financially because the poor have more money (therefor spending more) which in turn balances things out.

This could be achieved by having government owned hospitals, schools, universities, transport etc. that makes everyday live much cheaper for employees.

While I don't think that wealth inequality should be removed (I want a dynamic economic system with checks that allow everybody to rise and fall through the system if they work hard enough) I think that this system of high tax benifits us all.
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aListers wrote:

Tax the rich and then use that to raise the money that employees get. The rich paid 90% tax at one point but they were still rich. The rich benifit from having happier employees and benifit financially because the poor have more money (therefor spending more) which in turn balances things out.

This could be achieved by having government owned hospitals, schools, universities, transport etc. that makes everyday live much cheaper for employees.

While I don't think that wealth inequality should be removed (I want a dynamic economic system with checks that allow everybody to rise and fall through the system if they work hard enough) I think that this system of high tax benifits us all.


Communism failed get over it.
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Posted 2/24/16
All men are equal in death.
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Posted 2/24/16
[ insert insane idea that just might work ]
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You can't lower taxes for the middle class!
Who else is going to pay for the government that works for the rich.
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- Understand economics well enough to address the actual causes of wealth inequality to the extent possible without damaging the mechanisms that create wealth in the first place.
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Posted 2/24/16

biscuitnote wrote:


aListers wrote:

Tax the rich and then use that to raise the money that employees get. The rich paid 90% tax at one point but they were still rich. The rich benifit from having happier employees and benifit financially because the poor have more money (therefor spending more) which in turn balances things out.

This could be achieved by having government owned hospitals, schools, universities, transport etc. that makes everyday live much cheaper for employees.

While I don't think that wealth inequality should be removed (I want a dynamic economic system with checks that allow everybody to rise and fall through the system if they work hard enough) I think that this system of high tax benifits us all.


Communism failed get over it.


That's why I want a dynamic economic system.
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Posted 2/25/16 , edited 2/25/16
All that "steal from the rich to give to the poor" jazz means; "don't get ahead, or we'll rip all your earned success from your hands and shove it down the throats of people who may not even want stolen goods, because we are envious and want a convenient scapegoat."

I don't invest in twisted pipe dreams. I don't want a fixed income. I don't want stolen wealth. I don't viciously envy the rich. I don't dehumanize the rich. I certainly don't want some stranger pretending to know what's "best for me."

Yeah, I'm salty.


That said; I don't consider wealth inequality something to be "solved." It's a natural outcome.
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Posted 2/25/16 , edited 2/25/16
To put it simply, we shouldn't. It's not an actual problem. That's not a motivation that has anything to do with the government. What the government should do is get significantly smaller and ditch everything but a sales tax. Everybody is treated with complete equality. No one gets any handouts or bailouts.
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We bring the world into chaos.

Society destroyed, we see each other an eye for an eye.
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Posted 3/16/16
accept the fact that equal opportunity does not guarantee (nor should it) equal outcomes

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For years, in the job market I've seen one thing that never quite made sense to me. Some asshat corporate suit who gets by on screwing over the workers in his care gets a 7-figure pay-raise with very little risk of it coming back to bite him in the ass. Let's look at the guy fired by Fox for almost single-handedly ruining the network a few years back. He's now heading TNT and doing the exact same thing there (cancelling almost every TNT created show in bulk). Where is the risk in that? He gets fired from one big job and instantly gets another big job.

On the flip-side of the equation we have common workers who risk life and limb doing dangerous jobs who are earning low 5-figure salaries each year and in a lot of those cases doing the public proud (first responders, soldiers, nurses, EMTs, etc). With them the question should simply be "where's the reward?".

Somewhere years ago someone decided the suits are worth more than the people who do all the work. That's the problem. I'm not talking communism here just people getting paid better for the work they put in. Risk vs. Reward is one of the biggest crocks I've ever heard in the real-world.
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Posted 3/17/16
You can't, trying to create equality in wealth is completely ignorant.
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Posted 3/17/16
I voted for higher wages if the masses have more money they spend more the companies growth expands they employ more why is this simple fact constantly over looked ?
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