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  • In light of the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, is the jury system broken? (Part 1)

    10/29/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    AllVoices ^ | February 22, 2014 | Harold Michael Harvey, JD
    The Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment VI, grants the criminally accused a right to a “speedy and public trial … by an impartial jury in the state and district where the crime shall have been committed.” The framers of the Constitution included this protection because of the brutal system in England where a person could be thrown into a dungeon without formal charges and tried before the crown without the benefit of a public trial or having people from the community hear the evidence against them. To remedy this abuse of King George’s government, the newly formed...
  • Why Socialist Scandinavia Has Some Of The Highest Inequality In Europe

    10/14/2014 10:09:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/14/2014 | Mike Bird
    The celebrated social-democratic nations of Scandinavia have some of the highest wealth inequality in Europe. That's according to Credit Suisse's weighty Global Wealth Report 2014. It's a finding that's likely to seriously surprise some people. The top 10% of wealth holders in three Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) hold between 65 and 69 per cent of those nations' wealth. In comparison to the other developed economies in Europe, Scandinavian inequality on this measure seriously stands out: they're significantly above British, French, Italian or Spanish levels. Germany and Austria come a little closer, but are still behind. Only finance-dominated Switzerland...
  • What Is With Our President?

    10/04/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The National Review's Campaign Spot ^ | October 3, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    From the last Morning Jolt of the week: What Is With Our President? Contemplating President Obama’s confident – and erroneous – assurance that Ebola was unlikely to reach America, and that if it did, America’s hospitals and doctors were prepared to diagnose and respond immediately — a veteran speechwriter for cabinet officials wrote in: In the times that I was involved in speeches for various folks in the previous administration they and those around him were highly attuned to hyperbole and statements such the one Obama made about Ebola. Now people can crack wise about Iraqi intelligence and the like,...
  • "Equal Pay for Equal Work?" Government Has No Idea What That is

    09/30/2014 7:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “Equal pay for equal work!” the mantra goes. “Women get only 73 cents on a man’s dollar!” These are oft-heard slogans, and we may well hear them again during the fall campaign with the War on Women afoot. Now, going beyond the rhetoric, it’s not widely known but nonetheless true that the intersex pay gap is attributable to different career choices men and women make: women tend to choose less lucrative fields (e.g., soft sciences instead of hard ones), work shorter hours even when “full time,” are more likely to value personal fulfillment and job flexibility over money, are more...
  • Successful Women Have No Time For Equality Debate

    09/30/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/30/2014 | ERICKA ANDERSEN
    In her speech to the United Nations last week, first lady Michelle Obama chose to highlight some of the negative things that women face in the United States today. "Women are still woefully underrepresented in our government and in the senior ranks of our corporations," Obama said at the Global Education First Initiative event. "We still struggle with violence against women and harmful cultural norms that tell women how they are expected to look and act." The first lady, meanwhile, made no mention of women who are regularly raped and beaten in Afghanistan, forced to kill their female babies in...
  • Failing the Midterms: The Democrats can’t win by cutting class (The view from the very far-left)

    09/29/2014 4:54:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    In These Times ^ | September 29, 2014 | Chris Lehmann, contributing editor
    Midterm elections are, above all, mid—a mile marker plunked between the two main-event presidential contests. Sometimes, the pundit class declaims, they act as a referendum on the present occupant of the Oval Office. But beyond that, they’re viewed as exercises in major-party housekeeping—opportunities to pick off a vulnerable seat or three, and perhaps to nudge local political talent closer to the national stage. Still, the 2014 midterm cycle looks especially mid—and distinctly sub-mid for Democrats, who not long ago commanded sizable majorities in the House and Senate. Things look so grim that the Democratic Party leadership is challenged in simply...
  • Where the Middle Class Goes to Die: In progressive Manhattan, inequality is maxed out.

    09/19/2014 7:27:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    A new report being released today by the Census Bureau finds that Manhattan has the highest level of income inequality in the United States. That is not entirely surprising, though it would also not have been surprising if it had been San Francisco or another progressive fiefdom. For all the rhetoric about wicked 1 percenters and inequality, progressivism is a luxury good, and progressive-dominated enclaves are generally pretty okay places to live if you have a fair amount of money, but sort of stink if you’re in the middle or at the lower end of the earnings curve. Because most...
  • The Food Gap Is Widening (Rich People Eating Better, Poor People Eating Worse)

    09/02/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 145 replies
    Atlantic ^ | September 2 ,2014 | James Hamblin
    Nutritional disparities between America’s rich and poor are growing, despite efforts to provide higher-quality food to people who most need it. So says a large study just released from the Harvard School of Public Health that examined eating habits of 29,124 Americans over the past decade. Diet quality has improved among people of high socioeconomic status but deteriorated among those at the other end of the spectrum. The gap between the two groups doubled between 2000 and 2010. That will be costly for everyone. The primary conclusion of the study is interesting, though, in that its focus is diet quality...
  • Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others

    09/02/2014 4:21:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 2, 2014 | Jedediah Purdy
    Americans pride themselves on an egalitarian society open to all. But some equality and inequality exist uneasily side by side. And the U.S. has never resolved this contradiction.If the world is lucky enough to produce historians of the early 21st century, one question seems certain to grab their attention. How did so much equality coexist with so much inequality? Economic inequality—the difference between the richest and the poorest, or between the rich and everyone else —has reached some of its highest levels ever, both in the U.S. and at around the world. Yet our time is also marked by a...
  • Fight racial disparity by legalizing marijuana: Guest opinion (Oregon lunicy)

    08/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/16/2014 | Sandeep Kumar
    Racial disparities tend to exist where one doesn't expect them. Situations provoke them to appear, and — if we're willing — we take notice and act. For decades, social justice advocates have referenced the racial disparity in citations and arrests for marijuana. liberal blah, blah . . Ending the war on marijuana won't end racial disparity in Oregon, but it would diminish it. Criminalizing marijuana allows racial inequality to fester. We can't reduce racial disparity where we don't know it exists, nor when we lack practical solutions. In the case of marijuana arrests, we have both. Isn't it responsible and...
  • Jesus, Today’s Church, and ‘Inequality’: What the Lord Really Said (and didn’t say)

    07/28/2014 8:11:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/28/2014 | Jack Kerwick
    That Jesus commanded His disciples—of which I am one—to love “the poor” is beyond dispute. Equally beyond dispute, however, is that, regardless of what growing legions of left-leaning clerics would have us believe, Jesus never—never ever—addressed the issue of “inequality.” The head of my church and the most visible religious leader on the world stage today, Pope Francis, is as guilty a culprit as is anyone on this score. The Pope made headlines on more than a few occasions since his tenure began when His Holiness condemned “inequality” generally, and the traditional American economic system in particular, with a bluntness...
  • Income Inequality Is Not Rising Globally. It's Falling.

    07/21/2014 10:01:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/21/2014 | Tyler Cowen
    Income inequality has surged as a political and economic issue, but the numbers don’t show that inequality is rising from a global perspective. Yes, the problem has become more acute within most individual nations, yet income inequality for the world as a whole has been falling for most of the last 20 years. It’s a fact that hasn’t been noted often enough. The finding comes from a recent investigation by Christoph Lakner, a consultant at the World Bank, and Branko Milanovic, senior scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center. And while such a framing may sound startling at first, it...
  • Is Lucy Flores the Latina star Democrats have been waiting for?

    07/05/2014 2:42:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 5, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – “I don’t have the background of a typical politician, right?” Lucy Flores told a crowd of Democratic activists as she accepted the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor of Nevada in June. It’s a line you’ve heard before: Candidates love to brag about how they didn’t grow up like those “typical” politicians. But there’s no other way to describe Flores, a Latina rising star who was born into an impoverished family of 13 children, whose mother abandoned her in grade school, who fell in with a gang, who was sentenced to a youth prison, who dropped...
  • Hillary's Authenticity Problem Could Cost Democrats the Election

    07/04/2014 7:27:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Sexton
    A new conventional wisdom is forming which says Democrat's gaffes don't matter because they aren't connected to (bad) Republican policies. There's a grain of truth to this argument and yet it misses the big picture. Hillary's policy positions won't be able to save her from her own serious flaws as a candidate. Progressive writer Brian Beutler explained why Romney's gaffe's mattered (and Hillary's didn't) this way: "Romney's weaknesses ran much deeper than tone-deaf asides about close friendships with NASCAR team owners, or a car elevator. His unfamiliarity with material deprivation was badly compounded by his devotion to an agenda (and...
  • Duke Law professor calls for ‘real conflict’ in USA over inequality, climate change

    07/04/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 4, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Jedediah Purdy, a professor of law at Duke University Law School, is vexed by the two biggest problems facing the United States. No, not a chronically low labor participation rate, not an economic recovery which often looks more like a recession, not the renewed aggression of great powers like China or Russia, or the collapse of smaller powers in Central America and the Middle East. Taking to the pages of Politico Magazine, Purdy warned in stark terms of the real problems facing the country. They just happen to be problems which have always been and always will be problems; the...
  • Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution

    07/01/2014 11:33:25 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/30/2014 | BBC
    Nick Hanauer, internet entrepreneur, has a message for his fellow "zillionaires", the revolution is coming. Mr. Hanauer, an early investor in internet retail giant Amazon..... Now, he writes in Politico magazine, he sees a different kind of future, and the outlook for people like him is not a bright one: "If we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn't eventually come...
  • Politics Pays: No society can long thrive by making its innovators subservient to its bureaucrats.

    06/29/2014 3:41:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The National Review ^ | 6-29-14 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Chelsea Clinton, from her $10.5 million perch on Gramercy Park, declares that she finds it impossible to care about money. Bill and Hillary Clinton, shuttling between their multimillion-dollar homes — Chappaqua, Washington, the $200,000-a-month rental in the Hamptons — denounce the wicked rich and protest that they are not “truly well off.” A professor of poverty and left-wing activist at the University of North Carolina School of Law is paid $200,000 per annum to teach a single class; anti-inequality crusader Elizabeth Warren was paid $350,000 per annum to teach a single class and thinks deeply about the plight of the...
  • The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

    06/26/2014 10:44:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | The July/August 2014 Issue | Nick Hanauer
    Memo: From Nick Hanauer To: My Fellow Zillionaires You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate...
  • Obama: Michelle 'Bad Example for Pay Equality' Because She Works for Free

    06/19/2014 9:20:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 19, 2014 | William Bigelow
    Jumping on the bandwagon Hillary Clinton revved up with her comment saying she and her husband were broke when they left the White House, Barack Obama said Tuesday that his wife is "kind of a bad example" for the need for pay equality because she does the arduous job of being First Lady for free. At a discussion regarding manufacturing in Pittsburgh, Obama said, "I will say, the first lady's kind of a bad example because the first lady doesn't get paid. And she works pretty hard," then quickly added, "obviously, we're ok." Obama touted Michelle Obama’s hard-nosed attitude when...
  • Piketty – The Greatest Justification to Just Rob Anyone Who Has more Than You

    06/02/2014 4:12:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 30 May 2014 | Martin Armstrong
    We are seeing the most dangerous trend ever. There is an agenda behind the curtain and that is to sustain government at all costs and that includes everything you own. I have warned that either government will move toward a totalitarian state or to real democracy – real Athens style without the career politicians. The latter is possible with civil unrest as we saw in Ukraine. This agenda requires no secret group of sinister corporations, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, or Bildebergs. This is plain old Adam Smith where those in government will never admit they are wrong so the reason they are...
  • Income Redistribution Is About Votes, Not About Helping The Poor

    05/30/2014 6:46:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/30/2014 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    Everyone knows the famous Chinese proverb: Give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime. So why does the federal government spend so much money on giving away fish and so little on teaching people how to fish? Because Democrats want people to depend on government so that they will vote to re-elect them. Think of all the redistributive programs we have to help people. The minimum wage, food stamps, housing subsidies, free cell phones, and Medicaid are just a few of the...
  • The female drivers of income inequality

    05/27/2014 4:41:08 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Financial Post ^ | May 22, 2014 | Lawrence Solomon
    Reducing income inequality is an imperative in our society. The Pope and President Obama have both called it the defining issue of our times. The 1% protesters took the issue to the streets, economist Thomas Picketty to the elites. How to deal with this shame? Fortunately, thanks to recent research from one of the world’s premier research organizations, the drivers of income inequality have now been unmasked. Income inequality is fueled by personal desires, finds the study, “Marry Your Like: Assortative Mating and Income Inequality,” which examined demographic data from 1960 to 2005. Published by the National Bureau of Economic...
  • The ’1 Percent’ isn’t America’s biggest source of inequality. College is.

    05/23/2014 10:14:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jim Tankersley
    One of the striking stories in the American economy over the last several decades is just how much the incomes of the super-rich have grown, compared to the incomes of everyone else. But what if the focus on those super-rich - the top 1 percent of all earners - has overshadowed a larger, more troubling gap: the widening one between college graduates and workers whose education stopped after high school? That's the argument MIT economist David Autor makes in a brief research paper out Thursday - that "the growth of skill differentials among the 'other 99 percent' is arguably even...
  • How Fractional Reserves and Inflation Cause Economic Inequality

    05/19/2014 4:41:24 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 3 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | 19 May 2014 | Andreas Marquart
    Mises Institute: How would you translate your new book’s title into English? Andreas Marquant: I would like to say The State Causes the Poverty It Later Claims to Solve. This is the title of my article on mises.org last December. An even better title could be The Austrian Answer to Thomas Piketty. MI: Your book addresses the issue of income inequality. Is income inequality a bad thing? AM: First of all, inequality and income inequality are natural phenomena because people are different. They all have different talents and that is a reason for the division of labor. It’s also a...
  • Inequality Myths

    05/18/2014 10:21:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Michael Tanner
    From President Obama to Paul Krugman, Thomas Piketty to Elizabeth Warren, the Left has adopted “inequality” as the cause of the day. They paint a picture of a new Gilded Age in which a hereditary American gentry becomes ever richer, while the vast majority of Americans toil away in near-Dickensian poverty. It’s a compelling political narrative, one that can be used to advance any number of policy proposals, from higher taxes to increases in the minimum wage Unfortunately, bad facts make for bad policy. Let’s look at just some of the ways they get it wrong. Inequality has never been...
  • Time to Stop the War on Inequality

    05/18/2014 6:30:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/18/2014 | John Horvat II
    Advocates of equality are only too eager to overthrow the present economic structures in the name of fairness and opportunity. According to their logic, inequality begets a two-tiered society where moneyed interests rule, while all others languish. In this oversimplified ever richer/ever poorer scenario, some kind of action is deemed necessary to level the playing field. Hence, the need for a war on inequality. This war has taken on a new emphasis with the recent bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty. The author claims that while capitalism is an excellent tool to allocate resources, it is grossly...
  • America's Never-ending Shame: Importing Inequality

    05/17/2014 10:36:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/17/2014 | John Bennett
    Americans must feel ashamed forever for the wicked inequalities that we maintain, especially racial inequalities.  As if to fuel that shame, we are rapidly importing economically poor, poorly educated, low-skilled immigrants: the building blocks of more inequality, and more mandatory guilt.These challenges are intensified because assimilation is almost nonexistent while multiculturalism essentially guarantees that immigrants maintain historical grievances and loyalties to a home nation other than America.  These historical grievances, especially the notion that America stole the southwest from Mexico, have frozen the melting pot. No sensible person with an appreciation for cultural differences would expect identical outcomes from different...
  • Republicans Have Only Themselves To Blame For Piketty And The Pope

    05/15/2014 6:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/15/2014 | Louis Woodhill
    First, take today’s Unconventional Logic pop quiz: If you were kidnapped by terrorists, whom would you want to come to rescue you? Captain Sweden Captain Denmark Captain Belgium Captain France Captain America OK, now back to economics. With both Thomas Piketty and Pope Francis in the news calling for government-coerced redistribution to reduce inequality, it is useful to ask, “Why this, and why now?” Piketty’s argument for additional government redistribution programs, which he bases upon numbers that don’t take government redistribution programs into account, is certainly—to put it delicately—creative, but the question still remains why Piketty’s ideas (which have been...
  • ‘Inequality’ insanity

    05/13/2014 9:03:40 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 11, 2014 | Charles Gasparino
    The right is dropping the ball when it comes to Thomas Piketty’s much heralded and totally flawed book on inequality, “Capital in the 21st Century.” This long and lugubrious opus is really an open sore, replete with so much absurdity that shooting it down should be like shooting fish in a barrel. The left has embraced this rant against capitalism — and conservatives should be tying them to it, to expose where all the class-war rhetoric would really bring us.
  • Triple-Amputee Iraqi War Hero’s Letter Shames the President of the United States

    05/11/2014 4:03:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 10, 2014 | Mike Miller
    We embrace heroes in America. Senior Airman Brian Kolfage defines hero: the triple-amputee veteran of the Iraqi War overcame insurmountable odds to survive his horrific injuries. Kolfage recently sent a powerful – and damning – letter to his commander-in-chief: I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life....
  • Raise Taxes to Fix the Wealth Gap, Millionaires Say

    05/06/2014 10:08:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/06/2014 | Robert Frank
    In the heated debate over inequality, the wealthy are usually portrayed as the cause rather than the solution. But CNBC's first-ever Millionaire Survey reveals that 51 percent of American millionaires believe inequality is a "major problem" for the U.S., and nearly two-thirds support higher taxes on the wealthy and a higher minimum wage as ways to narrow the wealth gap. The findings show that—far from being a purely self-interested voting bloc—American millionaires have complicated views when it comes to the wealth gap and opportunity in America. They are unashamed of their own wealth and attribute their success to hard work,...
  • Using Religion to Fight Inequality, the Left Sinks to a New Low

    05/05/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    RCM ^ | 05/05/2014 | Dean Kalahar
    <p>As a tactic to win the midterm elections first and the White House to follow, prepare for a religious awakening among liberals with more divine inspiration and healing than a Pentecostal revival. Of course this epiphany has nothing to do with faith and redemption; it does, however, have everything to do with a sacrilegious deception for power.</p>
  • Inequality isn't a problem: it's a driver of progress

    05/04/2014 10:12:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2014 | Andrew Lilico
    Is there a genuine "issue of inequality"? I say no. There are (or at least may be) genuine issues of poverty, market and regulatory failure in the financial sector, or how best to raise taxes to fund public services. Very often discussions of "inequality" are either disguised discussions of one of these things or else inequality is seen a symptom of problems elsewhere (e.g. bonuses in the banking sector seen as a symptom of poor regulatory risk management oversight). But once we strip out these other potential issues all that is left of the "inequality" discussion is this: is it...
  • The Nuclear Option -- Next: Rich Intellectuals Want Global IRS to Fight Income Inequality

    05/03/2014 2:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | May 3, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    A French “thinker” writes a book about global poverty and, predictably, The New York Times goes limp in the knees. All out was the putsch last week by the Gray Lady’s opinion staff to promote the book aimed at toppling the evil rich around the world. Leading this charge was the paper’s famous, bearded Marxist Emeritus columnist Paul Krugman. Mr. Krugman is, he tells us, an expert on income inequality. “I’ve been involved in debates over inequality for more than two decades, and have yet to see conservative ‘experts’ manage to dispute the numbers without tripping over their own intellectual...
  • UK has top child mortality rate in west of Europe with nearly 4,000 under-5s dying last year…

    05/03/2014 12:42:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:22 EST, 2 May 2014 | Ben Spencer
    Britain has one of the highest death rates for infants and young children in western Europe, researchers revealed last night. Last year, 3,800 under-fives died in the UK—more than anywhere else in the region. The UK’s mortality rate of 4.9 deaths per 1,000 children aged under five is more than double the figure for Iceland, the country with the lowest rate. The appalling record is partly due to the prevalence of drinking and smoking during pregnancy, as well as high levels of inequality, experts said. …
  • Krugman in the 1 Percent: Getting rich by studying about inequality

    04/30/2014 7:25:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2014 | Michael Tanner
    I am outraged. The City University of New York recently announced that it is going to pay Paul Krugman $225,000 for part-time work studying income inequality. If you add in his sundry speaking fees, Professor Krugman is solidly ensconced among the hated 1 percent. I too write about inequality, yet I am not being paid nearly as much. Of course, Professor Krugman does have that Nobel Prize thing going for him, but that hardly seems to justify such blatant inequality. So I have been waiting patiently for Professor Krugman to mail me a check to correct this unfair situation. Or...
  • Pope Francis declares (via Twitter), ‘Inequality is the root of social evil’

    04/28/2014 8:25:07 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 90 replies
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  • Republicans Need to Get to Know Their Enemies on Income Inequality

    04/28/2014 6:18:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    “Know thine enemy.” Uttered most famously a millennia and a half ago by famed warrior/philosopher Sun Tzu, the advice holds up well, even, and especially, when the battles are ideological. So what is the thinking behind the right’s utter refusal to actually engage with the left’s actual position on inequality? The Federalist’s Ben Domenech wants us to know that in reality, inequality doesn’t matter. Of course what “matters” is entirely subjective. It would make more sense for Ben to try to persuade those who think it does why they shouldn’t. But that would require that Ben understood why inequality matters...
  • Stop Whining About The 1%; Instead Work Like The Rich

    04/26/2014 10:45:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 25, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Avarice: Many people, it seems, can't get over how well investors are doing these days — as if they shouldn't be able to do OK if others aren't. Instead of taking offense, maybe the others ought to be taking notes. Let's see if we have this right: Some people work to exhaustion, earning money for their security and that of their families. And instead of spending it on stuff they don't need, they set it aside. The latest idea — coming from a French economist — is that eight of every 10 of their dollars should be taken away and...
  • Money Can't Buy Trustworthiness

    04/25/2014 7:33:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 25, 2014 | David Destend
    What defines low socioeconomic status? Objectively, it means fewer economic resources and educational opportunities, less access to elite schools and clubs, more subordinate positions in the workplace, and increased levels of stress. For the upper-class, it’s just the inverse: more resources, more leisure, less stress. ......................................................... From the realities facing each group, you might assume that members of the lower-class would be more focused on meeting their own survival needs and, thereby, prioritize their needs over those of others. As a result, you might also expect them to be less trustworthy as compared to members of the upper-class who, given...
  • The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

    04/22/2014 10:49:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy
    The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
  • Top Socialist Economist Says He’s Been Working With Democrats & Obama “For A Long Time”

    04/18/2014 9:34:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 18, 2014 | Patch W. Adams
    Have you ever wondered why the Obama Administration’s plans for improving the U.S. economy always seem to fall flat? It just might have something to do with the fact that the Obama Administration has been working with someone who doesn’t like capitalism. According to an article on France24.com, a well known economist who isn’t fond of capitalism, but promotes Socialism, has been working with the Democrats and the Obama Administration “for a long time”: In his latest book, French economist Thomas Piketty warns that modern-day capitalism leads to unsustainable levels of inequality. While he is often linked to France’s Socialist...
  • Krugman, Who Is Paid $25,000/Month To Study Inequality, Says "Nobody Wants Us To Become Cuba"

    04/17/2014 7:25:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/17/14 | Tyler Durden
    When it comes to Krugman's views on any particular topic, he may be right and he may be wrong, but whatever his opinion he always has a much to say about it (even if the factual backing is of secondary importance or outright missing). Today, his chosen topic is inequality, and in an interview with Bloomberg's Tom Keene, shown and transcribed below, he certainly says much, encapsulated perhaps by the following gem: "There's zero evidence that the kind of extreme inequality that we have is good for economic growth. In fact, there's a lot of evidence that it is actually...
  • Income Inequality for Thee, But Not for Me: The Hypocrisy of Nobel Prize Winner, Paul Krugman

    04/17/2014 7:06:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/17/2014 | Brian C Joondeph, MD
    Paul Krugman is a distinguished economist, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, a NY Times columnist, and a Nobel Laureate. As a frequent commentator on cable news shows, he speaks passionately about income inequality and politics. From his book, The Conscience of a Liberal, he notes that, “Impersonal forces such as technological change and globalization caused America’s income distribution to become increasingly unequal, with an elite minority pulling away from the rest of the population.”How ironic that Dr. Krugman will provide a first hand as a member of this “elite minority” benefiting from income inequality. The City...
  • NRSC: How many 2014 Democratic incumbents have gender pay-equity gaps?

    04/09/2014 11:23:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today, Glenn Kessler predicted that Democrats would find the 77-cent lie too irresistible to jettison. Perhaps a dose of their own medicine might cure them. The National Republican Senatorial Committee did a little research into how Senate Democrat incumbents running in 2014 do on the issue that has been tailor-made for their “war on women” campaign strategies. Five 2014 Democratic contenders for the Senate come up short — even shorter than the White House, and two of them fall below the 77-cent line: It turns out President Obama isn’t the only hypocritical Democrat, in fact Senate Democrats have their...
  • Silence of the Left

    03/15/2014 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The topic du jour on the left these days is inequality. But why does the left care about inequality? Do they really want to lift those at the bottom of the income ladder? Or are they just looking for one more reason to increase the power of government? If you care about those at the bottom then you are wasting your time and everyone else’s time unless you focus on one and only one phenomenon: the inequality of educational opportunity. Poor kids are almost always enrolled in bad schools. Rich kids are almost always in good schools. So what does...
  • Big Labor: ObamaCare is making income inequality worse, you know

    03/08/2014 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    A bunch of labor unions’ massive retrenchment from directly supporting the passage of ObamaCare to publicly taking the legislation to the woodshed is well documented by now, but yet another big union just came out swinging against the law by levying one of President Obama’s favorite intellectually bankrupt themes against him: Income inequality, of course. Via the Washington Examiner: A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.“Only in...
  • Study Finds Highest Income Inequality in Cities That Voted For Obama

    03/06/2014 7:38:37 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 3/6/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    President Obama has characterized income inequality as “the defining challenge of our time,” prodding Republicans to come up with “concrete plans” to reduce it. However, a new study by the Brookings Institute shows that the highest levels of income inequality in the U.S. are found in Democratic strongholds: the nation’s largest cities.
  • Resenting the Rich: Is All Inequality Created Equal?

    02/27/2014 6:55:51 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 13 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 27, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Last week, as Ukrainian emigre- turned-tech tycoon Jan Koum prepared to cash a multibillion-dollar check from Facebook — acquirer of his startup “WhatsApp” — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was checking out of his Gatsby-esque estate where he’d cached his stolen plunder. That the two Ukrainians derived their riches under diametrically opposed systems — free enterprise versus banana republic — illustrates why all income inequalities are not created equal. Most don’t resent the rich — only the undeservedly rich — as a recent Venezuelan protest sign conveyed: “These Castro-Chavistas speak like Marx, govern like Stalin, and live like Rockefeller, while the...
  • The ‘Fairness’ Fraud: Differences in outcome aren’t always the result of “social barriers.”

    02/25/2014 5:35:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if everywhere you turn these days there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward mobility, defined as an opportunity to rise, and actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead and the ones who don’t rise have been stopped by “barriers” created by “society.” When statistics show that sons of high-school dropouts don’t become doctors or scientists...