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The war on inequality may take awhile
Politico ^ | 1/26/14 6:59 | David Nather

Posted on 01/27/2014 7:41:01 AM PST by gooblah

Coming up next: President Barack Obama solves inequality? Don’t hold your breath.

He’s building his new agenda around an issue that has been in the making for decades: economic inequality. It’s expected to be the major theme of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, and when Capitol Hill doesn’t act on his ideas, he says he’ll use a “pen and phone” strategy to do what he can without Congress.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/barack-obama-income-inequality-102609.html#ixzz2rc7tvtYj

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1 posted on 01/27/2014 7:41:01 AM PST by gooblah
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2 posted on 01/27/2014 7:42:00 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: gooblah
It will take forever and still won't ever happen, but the world will surely suck from the effort.

If total equality were somehow to occur, it would only be in a world where everbody was as completely miserable as possible with no hope for anybody to improve their lot.

3 posted on 01/27/2014 7:44:03 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: gooblah

This war on reality and human nature is one they simply cannot win.

The free market is the great equalizer that makes a niche for all. If a man doesn’t want to serve gays, someone else will and that results in two businesses instead of one.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 7:46:10 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: gooblah

If they wish to talk to an expert on inequality, they ought to interview George Obama....


5 posted on 01/27/2014 7:48:52 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: gooblah

Karl Marx HATED the middle class. He wanted them destroyed.

Yes - there is income inequality because in 2014 there is nothing between the rich and poor.

But you middle classers keep voting for this.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 7:50:54 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: gooblah

“The Plan” seems to be to raise taxes on those EEEEEVIL 1%ers and throw the money at more boilerplate government programs like “job training” and “universal pre-k”.

Yeah. THAT’LL work!


7 posted on 01/27/2014 7:51:57 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: gooblah
The democrats think they can do something about "Income Inequality" ?? REALLY??
They think they can change human nature??

The Constitution guarantees Equal Opportunity,

not Equal Results.

8 posted on 01/27/2014 7:51:58 AM PST by red-dawg (My book Parallel Connection is free to download on Amazon Kindle 1/27 & 1/28.)
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9 posted on 01/27/2014 7:52:46 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: gooblah

When everyone works equally hard and equally smart, and is equally lucky, we will have achieved that goal. Good luck with that!


10 posted on 01/27/2014 7:53:06 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: gooblah

Just like the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs and the War on Racial Inequality, the War on Income Inequality is never going to end because those who benefit from it never want to get off the government gravy train.

But isn’t the “War On Income Inequality” just another word for “Socialism”?


11 posted on 01/27/2014 7:54:31 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: gooblah

Good, Obama should work for minimum wage.


12 posted on 01/27/2014 7:56:03 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: gooblah
As Freepers and others discuss the President's newest tool for dividing Americans--something he calls, "income inequality," perhaps Economics Professor Dr. Walter E. Williams's common-sense, and economically sound, advice might be helpful.

That advice may be found here. Essays on other subjects, such as government-controlled minimum wage levels, also are available at the site.

Williams introduces the "income inequality" matter in this paragraph:

"Democrats plan to demagogue income inequality and the wealth gap for political gain in this year's elections. Most of what’s said about income inequality is stupid or, at best, ill-informed. Much to their disgrace, economists focusing on measures of income inequality bring little light to the issue. Let’s look at it." - Walter E. Williams

In the paragraphs which follow, he does just that! Too bad we didn't have honest and articulate politicians in both Parties in Washington who would be as straight with American citizens as is Dr. Williams.

13 posted on 01/27/2014 7:56:28 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Tzimisce

Just read candid comments from Saul Alinsky. His love of the poor was pure fabrication. He saw the poor as useful tools for enriching himself.

The Fox-Piven strategy is all about harming the poor and directing their anger at “the rich” to force socialism.

SEIU bigwig, Scott Learner was caught on tape a couple years explaining the need for more poor people. He wanted more home foreclosures, job losses and hunger. He wanted it to force people out in to the street demanding socialism.

I wouldn’t even know where to start with Obama but I don’t think he’s in any real danger of poverty.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 7:59:42 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: gooblah

This equality crap is nothing new. Milton Friedman had the best response to these people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKxCWheH5Vk


15 posted on 01/27/2014 8:03:35 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cripplecreek

Has Saul Alinsky succeeded in self-poverty yet?


16 posted on 01/27/2014 8:07:03 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: gooblah

The idolatry of equality. God elects whom he will. Darwin says survival of the fittest. Now where does this idol fit in in a world view “forcing chaos into order” will there be equality of genetic makeup too.


17 posted on 01/27/2014 8:08:43 AM PST by the_daug
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To: gooblah

Duh, if there is no “Income Inequality,” then there is no incentive to get ahead, and thus no The American Dream - - - - .


18 posted on 01/27/2014 8:11:25 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: gooblah
Letter sent to my Congressmen this past December:

PROPOSAL: offer 125-percent deduction to business who share profits with every single full-time employee on an equatable basis, from CEO to janitor. One model would be that profit-sharing would be proportional to full-time employee pay. Whether this would also require equitable payouts to part-time employees is your option; I strongly suggest it should. Merit bonuses of 100 percent of the profit-sharing bonus would be covered, intended for payout based on merit.

RATIONALE: Workers in a company are the people who provide the value to customers, to encourage the customers to buy there. That value then drives profits up in that company. For some reason, though, most companies only have managers in the "bonus pool", even though the managers may contribute little or nothing to the bottom line.

"If you want to discourage something, tax it; if you want to encourage something, subsidize it". By broadening the base of the bonus payouts, you increase the amount of money put into the hands of people who will spend it, driving the economy upwards. If you make across-the-board bonus payouts attractive enough, more small mom-and-pop businesses would be encouraged to participate in such a distribution. In addition to equitable payouts, employers will be more willing to enhance bonuses based on merit.

Look at what has happened with the "fiscal cliff" hanging over the heads of investors: businesses are accelerating payouts of dividends, individual investors are in profit-taking mode, and all are trying to make adjustments to minimize tax liabilities in a legal manner.

Offer this as a replacement for some of the business deductions that will be sunset, and the combination would be revenue neutral or even revenue positive -- workers have fewer ways to shelter payments from taxes, so more of the money would be subject to income tax. Also, states will see improved sales tax receipts as the workers receiving profit-sharing spend the money.

19 posted on 01/27/2014 8:14:55 AM PST by asinclair (Political hot air is a renewable energy resource)
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To: dead

Actually, he just might manage to accomplish that goal to a large degree. It’s been done before, and destruction is always easier than construction. He’s already managed a good deal of redistribution from the producers to the leeches, and when the tsunami of illegals starts, it will escalate. It only took a few decades to produce present-day Detroit, and that was just one city, the productive still had places to which to flee. This will be nation-wide.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 8:15:36 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Tzimisce

And they keep moving the goal posts of what constitutes the “poor” in America. These days, the poor are obese and stand in line to buy $200 sneakers.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 8:17:11 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Tzimisce

And things like the Pigford redistribution scam-every black person who ever grew a tomato plant in a pot could claim to be a farmer.


22 posted on 01/27/2014 8:18:19 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: gooblah

As long as there is inequality of ambition there will be inequality of outcome.


23 posted on 01/27/2014 8:18:22 AM PST by dfwgator
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24 posted on 01/27/2014 8:20:49 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Huskrrrr
Good, Obama should work for minimum wage.

It isn't his salary that slaughters the budget, it is the benefit package...

25 posted on 01/27/2014 8:20:59 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: gooblah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKxCWheH5Vk

A classic from Uncle Milt


26 posted on 01/27/2014 8:47:00 AM PST by Helotes
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To: gooblah
"Income Equality" -- one of the most abominable of liberal bastardizations of meaning...

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal , that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

(Emphasis mine.)

That means that we all start off equal, and that we have the right to strive (work) to attain Happiness. Nowhere in our founding documents is "happiness" or "equality of outcome" guaranteed.

Neither do those documents -- anywhere -- even imply that it is the role or duty of government to provide 'Happiness'.

The "promise" of "income equality" is a huge socialist LIE!!!


27 posted on 01/27/2014 9:58:42 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: gooblah

Even the phony man-god Obastard cannot make people equal in talent, strength, intelligence, virtue and courage.


28 posted on 01/27/2014 10:24:53 AM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Lazamataz

So, he’s going full-bore Commie? What else is new?


29 posted on 01/27/2014 10:29:32 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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