Skip to comments.What You Need to Know About the Left's Big Issue for 2014
Posted on 01/05/2014 4:23:09 AM PST by IbJensen
Do a Google News search for income inequality and it will remove any doubt that this is already the political issue of 2014.
The left has been gearing up for months. The liberal Center for American Progress launched a new center devoted to the subject, and President Obama has been making it a centerpiece of his speeches.
Get ready to hear about fairnessbecause some people make more money than others, and this isnt fair. How can you sit by and watch this happen? What is the government going to do about it?
Its a popular argument because everyoneeven Warren Buffettwants to make more money. When someone tells you that what youre being paid isnt fair, its easy to agree. And if that someone tells you that you can march in a protest and instantly make more moneywell, thats a lot quicker and easier than working toward your next promotion.
Quick and easythats the allure of the lefts argument. But there are two things you should know about it.
1. Its too good to be true.
The income inequality outrage is based on the idea that the people at the bottom of the economic ladder are stuck there indefinitely. But America isnt Downton Abbeyyoure not stuck in the place where you were born. The chauffeurs son can become whatever he wants to be in America.
This uniquely American advantage is called mobility. People can move upand downthe income ladder. In fact, the recent rise in income disparities has not caused a decline in upward mobility, reported Heritages Rea Hederman and David Azerrad in an in-depth study of the issue. They debunked the foundation of the lefts assumptions:
Standards of living have increased for everyoneas have incomesand mobility, however one measures it, remains robust. Simply put, how much the top 1 percent of the population earns has no bearing on whether the bottom 20 percent can move up.
A focus on minimum-wage workers can also be a red herring. Heritages James Sherk and John Ligon note that Over two-thirds of workers starting out at the minimum wage earn more than that a year later.
2. It hurts people.
The lefts income inequality argument has a sad and destructive irony: If its made into public policy, it makes it more difficult for people to get a job and achieve their American Dream.
President Obama and his allies in Congress are already pushing for a minimum wage increase in the new year. Heritages Sherk and Ligon are very clear when it comes to the possible consequences of doing this: It would force employers to curtail hiring.
Less hiring. Fewer job opportunities. That does not help the men and women looking for work, who need to put food on the table and shoes on their kids feet.
The New York Times notes, however, that the issue of the minimum wage could help liberal politicians looking for voter turnout in the upcoming midterm election. And thats all it is: a political ploy that manipulates Americans in the name of power.
At Heritage, wed rather fling open the gates of opportunity and let Americans run toward the jobs they wantand the future they wantwith nothing holding them back. Thats what well be working for in 2014. Happy New Year!
The first thing that needs to be done immediately is to cut off the supply of discretionary expenditures made by the phony now in the White Hut. If this moron wants multitudinous vacations coupled with lobster and caviar dinners then he should pay for it out of ill-gotten gains. Heinz baked beans and 'wieners' should be the fare for the worst family.
Impeachment and removal from office action should have begun long ago. Just what in the hell are these Republicrats waiting for?
The inane Marxist occupant of Our White House should have an immediate 50% pay cut. Further, he should be denied a lifetime pension as well as free medical care. The rest of the "hired help" who have been fleecing America for 4 years or more a 50% cut after the majority is summarily fired should be a priority as well.
Every other government drone should suffer a 25% cut and elimination of any pensions or fringe benefits.
If these federal employees and socialist appointees were forced to live within the city limits of Washington, D.C. we might see a mass exodus from offices of the central socialist government.
Aren’t the Lefties earning more with all their college degrees anyway. Oh not those guys. They’re talking about the illegal immigrants and welfare veterans. Yeah those guys will need unions to represent them to insure income equality as the price of everything goes up even more under the clueless leader’s watch..../s
“That does not help the men and women looking for work, who need to put food on the table and shoes on their kids feet.”
It promotes the Marxist’s agenda: http://laissez-fairerepublic.com/tenplanks.html
The answer is an unqualified NO.
Our national elections are a sick joke. Our Constitution is in tatters having been used by the current cretin in the White Hut and Congress as toilet paper.
Due to this scenario of evil, illegal legislation and executive orders I believe that Washington is in a worse state than history finds Madrid in 1936. The era of the pussy cats should be considered over; however, where in the name of all that’ s holy is our benevolent despot?
It takes a village resonates in my head. The GOP is useless useless, so many opportunities and they sat on thier hands and tried to make friends. The rats understand one thing like all bullies and tyrants A BIG F’N STICK!
Article V. is the only possible answer. Washington is hopeless.
The beauty of economic freedom is that it creates wealth. It allows people with goals, skills, and enthusiasm to turn those ideas into wealth, through hard work. It's this wealth that has allowed the US poor to become the richest poor on the planet. The only thing the left offers, is to take that away.
Campaigning to fix income inequality is Marketing Socialism 101.
It is simple..They do nothing because they love the opulent life style of Washington D.C., but that is not the greatest lust. It is POWER over the people they love. We are the Roman Empire as it is rotting from the inside of our government and our media. The last holdout to complete the beloved hedonism in our culture, pushed by government and media, is Christianity and they are gearing up for the persecution of Christians just as the Jews were persecuted in Germany in the 1930s and beyond. If you doubt this, go here and read..http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/01/will_king_obama_throw_nuns_into_the_lions_den.html Will they succeed in their goal of eliminating Christians from the American culture? We will see.
“Standards of living have increased for everyoneas have incomesand mobility, however one measures it, remains robust.”
I can’t believe someone can say that with a straight face; our standard of living has fallen drastically, and unreported inflation has wages falling.
“Simply put, how much the top 1 percent of the population earns has no bearing on whether the bottom 20 percent can move up.”
Who is moving jobs out/bringing labor in (legally or otherwise)? Business has decided that it no longer needs to pay people 5 or 6 figures to do a job; they have an army of people who will do it for 4 figures on a part-time or temp basis (with no benefits). Years ago (leading up to the 2008 election) some talking heads were discussing the economy, and one bright man stated that the status symbol in the new economy would be having a job. Considering the dearth of decent jobs, with benefits and such, he was absolutely right.
I did. And this is what I got...
George Hussein Onyango Obama,
Senator Barack Obama's long lost
brother was tracked down living in
a hut on the outskirts of Nairobi
The middle class is an entity unto itself with very little political power.
We don’t want to talk about communism. It’s Obamacare,
Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare. . . . .
As you can see her friends just loved it.
Now that is a strange picture.
The woman with the see-thru shorts, or the two lesbians on the left?
From where I sit the two biggest drivers of "income inequality" are poor education and single parents. We've known this for years.
Concerning poor education; the strongest impediment to real reform in education is the teachers union. Ironically, the worse schools perform the more money they demand. There is no accountability from the educrat superstructure. Where there is no accountability there can be no real reform.
Secondly, single teenange mothers, a product of the Great Society, is a poverty trap w/o equal. It virtually guarantees a lifetime of living on the doleful handouts of government. And the children born into this depressing situation, especially the boys, face steep odds.
Both of these factors are the direct result of liberal policies.
So yeah, let's have this debate.
I suspect there will be far more support for an Article V Amendment Convention when the news on further state actions begin to break this year.
Doing an end run around the DC uniparty is no guarantee, it is strictly our last chance.
Are you suggesting vacation equality or all? Im waiting for my Hawaiian vacation from our federal government. Oh, and beauty equality? Id like that facelift and liposuction surgery before I head off to Hawaii. In fact Id like to get paid 1000 a day to model. It would be unfair to deny me just because I dont look like a model.
Just the hypocrisy of the BSer-in-Chief, and that of limousine/Learjet lefties in general.
Income Inequality = Change
Any time the left brings up “income inequality,” remind them that the DC area has nearly double the median income of the rest of nation. Maybe mention the “Hunger Games”.
I couldn’t agree with you more. Since hypocrite in chief came to be, our Hawaii vacations have ceased to exist. The least he could do is go camping an hour from home. For equality.
With the multi-millions paid to movie stars their explanations will make for good reading...:^)