That may be true but more so today than ever before, the rich and their "bought & paid for" politicians HOs stack the deck ! What's stupid is Joe six-pack supports the ultra conservative GOP and their idiotic new candidates (Palin, O'Donnell, Angle, Miller, etc)- the very ones stealing their livelihoods and driving their incomes in the ditch !
Just heard a news report this morning that 50% of the income in the US is now earned (owned) by the top 20%. Combine that with the fact that a record 1 in 7 US citizens are living below the poverty line. Heck of a job, rethugicans!
What was the same data back in 2000? 1990? 1980? This divide has been a long time coming.
The divide between rich and poor as of today has had two wicked peaks. The robber barons of the 1890s and today. That Republicans are calling for making the tax breaks for the ultra rich permanent is one thing. The small bricks and mortar which have created this divide can be shown to be created by both parties but the Republicans came with more bricks.
You cannot deny that. The Bush tax cuts helped widen the divide. Capital gains tax lowering widens the divide. Both pushed by Ronald Reagan and George W Bush. The joke of trickle down is just that unless you are a well off gardener of a Republican estate. And that reminds me of estate taxes.
That there are Republicans who make less than 150K who fight tooth and nail to lower taxes on the ultra rich, lower capital gains tax, lower the estate taxes I find to be the weirdest fight against one's own personal wealth I have ever seen. That the poor Republican making less than 150K believes she is fighting for the small businessman they never become is hilarious.
Hilarious in a very sad, watch the clown shoot himself in his own foot kind of way. Not very hilarious after all.
I don't think the point is that Bush is responsible for the disparity, Reboot, but rather that the political system and the economic system are deeply out of whack with what loosely speaking might be called economic social justice. Bush's tax cuts simply went along with the pattern that, as you say, has been in place for a long time (I'd say ever since the end of WW II). There's an interesting article at Crooks and Liars that underscores the "out of whack" comment, by the way. It suggests that most Americans are entirely at sea about the disparity in the distribution of wealth, and that, asked what they think should be the way wealth is spread around, the results match the wealth distribution of that horribly socialistic nation, Sweden.
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I don't think the point is that Bush is responsible for the disparity, Reboot, but rather that the political system and the economic system are deeply out of whack with what loosely speaking might be called economic social justice.
I agree, and until we stop blaming one party things will never change. As you stated, it wasn't the rethugicans that started it was my point to Michael, they just helped oil the gears of the machine, like the Dems did before him.
The GOP didn't do it alone, but as said above, they laid more bricks and blew all the trumpets for the last 30+ years this was the way to go. Furthermore, NO one on their side even mentiones the disparity, in fact many deny it. Most Dems do not. The Dems aren't perfect either, but the GOP has them beat 10 to 1 on this issue (looking out for the wealthy and abandoning the middle class). At least Obama is trying to extend tax cuts for the working stiff, and the GOP says NO!
Here's an analogy I gave to my friend - you have a finite amount of food ($), you can give it to the starving or the fat man, but not both (too big a deficit if you do). Which do you choose ?
AND it's obvious the GOP desn't really care about deficits or debt; if they did, they'd agree to pay for the tax cuts for the top 2% ($700+ Billion). But like in the Bush years, every spending bill to them is a "free pass" !
Much of the problem is the political system, until we change campaign finance laws NOTHING will change very much.
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Did I say anything about the shrub? They began tracking this in 1968. They changed the article at the link I posted!!!! Thanks YaHoo, you're doing a heck of a job, too! The original article had those figures for you.
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