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  • Why Democrats Are Obsessed With Wealth Inequality

    11/11/2017 11:19:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 31, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    Here is how many times keywords were spoken: Wall Street: 23Tax: 20Inequality: 9Wealthy: 7 Now, compare the number of times other national concerns were mentioned: ISIS: 4Terror/ists/ism: 2Defense: 2Military (excluding Jim Webb): 1Freedom: 1Debt (national): 0Liberty: 0Strength: 0Armed forces: 0Islamist/Islamic: 0
  • Meet the New Class Traitors Who Are Coming Out as Rich

    10/16/2017 8:27:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 16 October 2017 | Alissa Quart
    For many, talking about money, especially their own, is a social taboo. But now wealthy progressives are opening up about a system that is skewed in their favor They are a minority in this country. Their rituals are often secretive. They have their own lingo, etiquette, schools, neighborhoods, and certain places they visit, seasonally. Typically, they partially hide their identities. But in the last five years, some have started to “come out”, not necessarily in pride but simply out of civic-mindedness. What they are revealing is surprising. They are coming out as rich. Eric Schoenberg is one of them. “I...
  • How the 'Luxury Kids of Instagram' spend their parents' fortunes on private jets and luxury cars

    10/07/2017 8:23:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Insider ^ | October 5, 2017 | Lucy Yang
    In recent years, the original "Rich Kids of Instagram" account has amassed over 400,000 followers, spawned dozens of similar accounts, and inspired both books and reality TV shows. From Switzerland to Vietnam, rich kids get to enjoy unlimited shopping sprees, pop Champagne on private jets, eat the finest foods, and so much more. Recently, the Daily Mail spotted a spin-off account called "The Luxury Kids" that's living up to its name — to say the absolute least. Like the "Rich Kids of Instagram," this account features submissions from young, extremely privileged children across the world. Here's what life is like...
  • I ate a $2,000 pizza — and I want it again

    09/27/2017 12:17:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 27, 2017 | Robert Frank
    As a New Yorker, I am picky and personal about my pizza. I like a thin crust, fresh tomato sauce that's not too sweet and whenever possible, fresh basil on the mozzarella. So it was with some reticence (and mild horror) that I found myself picking up a slice of pizza in downtown Manhattan recently that was slathered with truffles, foie gras and caviar. Oh and lots of gold.
  • Democratic Socialists of America Triples Membership Since Trump

    03/14/2017 8:10:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Ben Kew
    Membership in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has tripled since Donald Trump’s election in November to over 19,000 paying members, a report from the Los Angeles Times reveals. The group, founded in 1982, is now the largest socialist organization in the United States and recently published a “Resistance Rising” strategy to combat the Trump administration. “On November 8, voters in the United States narrowly elected an openly racist, misogynist and nativist candidate for president,” the organization’s website reads. “We must understand ‘Trumpism’ as a cross-class white nativist alliance; the median family income of the 62 percent of white voters...
  • Why We're Doomed: The point is the present system cannot endure

    09/01/2017 8:44:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/31/2017 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,The point is the present system cannot endure.Despite all the happy talk about "recovery" and higher growth, wages have gone nowhere since 2000--and for the bottom 20% of workers, they've gone nowhere since the 1970s.Gross domestic product (GDP) has risen smartly since 2000, but the share of GDP going to wages and salaries has plummeted: this is simply an extension of a 47-year downtrend.Last month I posted one reason Why We're Doomed: Our Economy's Toxic Inequality (August 16, 2017). The second half of why we're doomed is stagnant wages. Why do stagnating...
  • 3 government 'solutions' that have failed miserably

    08/12/2017 12:19:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    WND ^ | July 17, 2017 | Rita Dunaway
    In their passion to achieve a government-crafted utopia, the liberal/progressive movement often does more harm than good. This is because their tool of choice – the government – can only apply superficial solutions that come with harmful side effects. Efforts to correct “income inequality” and “fight poverty” through government entitlement programs are a prime example. As columnist George Will recently asked and answered, “[W]hat if large causes of poverty are not matters of material distribution but are behavioral – bad choices and the cultures that produce them? If so, policymakers must rethink their confidence in social salvation through economic abundance.”...
  • Why the Swamp Hates Trump

    08/11/2017 9:00:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8-11-17 | Bob Weir
    Imagine that you were elected to a federal office several years ago and had a safe seat with all the perks attached, including salary, expense account, and influence with corporate CEOs and other titans of industry.  Suppose further that you knew that the future would be prosperous when you left office because the connections you made would make you a fortune as a lobbyist.  Moreover, since unseating an incumbent is a herculean task, you felt that you were set for life.  In fact, as soon as you got elected, you began raising money and preparing for re-election.  Governing and legislating...
  • A woman who has coached hundreds of millionaires and billionaires shares the secret to their success

    06/26/2017 10:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 26, 2017 | Kathleen Elkins
    Executive leadership coach Lolly Daskal has worked with hundreds of millionaires and billionaires. The secret to their success doesn't boil down to one specific habit, routine or personality trait, she tells CNBC: "The secret of the true billionaire is what's going on on the inside." "There's so much literature out there about how to succeed," she continues. "Most of the books talk about 'how': Do this and you will be that. But it doesn't work that way. We have it backwards. What we really need to do is to figure out who we are on the inside. We need to...
  • Trump and JFK Are More Alike Than We Like to Think

    05/29/2017 10:26:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 29, 2017 | Professor Robert Strong, Washington and Lee University
    On the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth there are countless commentaries about the promise shown by our youngest elected president and the grief felt when high hopes were dashed in Dallas. Remembering JFK is worthwhile for many reasons, but one set of reasons is likely to be overlooked. Our nation’s youngest president might be able to tell us something about our oldest. John F. Kennedy and Donald J. Trump have more in common than devotees for either would want to admit. Both were second sons of successful and domineering fathers. Both grew up in wealth and privilege, though...
  • Southeast Asian market rises in importance as affluents flock to region

    05/25/2017 10:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Luxury Daily ^ | May 25, 2017 | Brielle Jaekel
    The 3.5 million high-net-worth individuals located in the Asia Pacific region makes the market increasingly important for the luxury sector, as the affluent group's appetite for high-end continues to grow. Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are becoming an increasingly important part of consumerism in the luxury market. Countries that make up the association such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are expected to become the fourth largest economy by 2020. “The ASEAN nations are part of a high-growth region where we are active in terms of member growth and hosting...
  • Who Wants to Be a Billionaire (in 1916)? (You, the average Middle Class American wouldn't want to)

    05/08/2017 8:00:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2017 | George Will
    Having bestowed the presidency on a candidate who described their country as a “hellhole” besieged by multitudes trying to get into it, Americans need an antidote for social hypochondria. Fortunately, one has arrived from Don Boudreaux, an economist at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center and proprietor of the indispensable blog Cafe Hayek. He has good news: You are as rich as John D. Rockefeller. Richer, actually. Some historians estimate that on September 29, 1916, a surge in the price of Rockefeller’s shares of the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey made him America’s first billionaire. Others say he never...
  • Economic Reality: Bottom 50% Of Americans No Longer Matter

    05/01/2017 6:10:01 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 4-30-2017 | Mish Shedlock
    The Fed likes to brag about the “We saved the world” recovery. However, the unfortunate truth of the matter is a record Half of American Families Live Paycheck to Paycheck. Does it Matter? Let’s investigate. Unprepared for Nearly Anything * 50% are woefully unprepared for a financial emergency. * Nearly 1 in 5 (19%) Americans have nothing set aside to cover an unexpected emergency. * Nearly 1 in 3 (31%) Americans don’t have at least $500 set aside to cover an unexpected emergency expense, according to a survey released Tuesday by HomeServe USA, a home repair service. * A separate...
  • Staking self-worth on the pursuit of money has negative psychological consequences

    04/29/2017 9:38:49 AM PDT · by fella · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 27 April 2017
    Summary: Although people living in consumer-based cultures such as the US often believe that they will be happier if they acquire more money, the findings of a newly published paper suggest that there may be downsides to this pursuit.
  • You Are Richer than John D. Rockefeller Was

    04/24/2017 6:52:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Foundation For Economic Education ^ | 04/23/2017 | Donald J. Boudreaux
    This Atlantic story reveals how Americans lived 100 years ago. (HT Warren Smith) By the standards of a middle-class American today, that lifestyle was poor, inconvenient, dreary, and dangerous. (Only a few years later – in 1924 – the 16-year-old son of a sitting U.S. president would die of an infected blister that the boy got on his toe while playing tennis on the White House grounds.)You could, however, afford the state-of-the-art phonograph of the era. Obviously, you could not download music.So here’s a question that I’ve asked in one form or another on earlier occasions, but that is...
  • It’s Basically Just Immoral To Be Rich

    04/09/2017 10:27:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    Current Affairs ^ | March 30, 2017 | A.Q. Smith
    A reminder that people who possess great wealth in a time of poverty are directly causing that povertyÂ… Here is a simple statement of principle that doesnÂ’t get repeated enough: if you possess billions of dollars, in a world where many people struggle because they do not have much money, you are an immoral person. The same is true if you possess hundreds of millions of dollars, or even millions of dollars. Being extremely wealthy is impossible to justify in a world containing deprivation. Even though there is a lot of public discussion about inequality, there seems to be far...
  • White House wealth: Trump employees disclose their finances

    03/31/2017 8:19:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2017 11:14 PM EDT
    The White House released financial disclosures for many of its senior officials Friday — a group of some of the wealthiest people ever to join a presidential administration. The documents provide a snapshot of what the employees’ finances looked like when they joined government service in January, but they do not give a full account of how those people are disentangling from business assets that could pose possible conflicts of interest. President Donald Trump, a billionaire New York businessman, and Vice President Mike Pence, the former Indiana governor, are not legally required to file new financial disclosures until next year....
  • Senator Who Owns 3 Houses Rails Against Americans Who 'Worship Wealth'

    03/20/2017 6:44:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/20/2017 | Rick Moran
    The Socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, set off a Twitterstorm yesterday with a tweet that was hard to believe. We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don't think that is the nation we should be living in.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 18, 2017 Needless to say, this towering hypocrisy did not go unnoticed in the Twitterverse: @BernieSanders Says the man who owns 3 homes one which cost over $600,000. I'm guessing you have homeless people you're housing? Do as I say, not as I do?— lc65265 (@lc65265) March 18,...
  • Take a Look Inside Carrie Fisher's Spanish-Style Residence in Beverly Hills

    12/27/2016 6:14:15 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    Architectural Digest ^ | September 2016 | Collins & Nichols
    The actress's hip museum of a house in the Hollywood Hills, an ode to the obsessive joy of collecting, is as charming, imaginative, original and fun as the actress-author herself ....Originally, the house belonged to Robert Armstrong, the ship's captain in King Kong, who uttered the last line in the movie, It was beauty killed the beast,' " explains Carrie Fisher, documenting the uniquely star-studded pedigree of her spectacular three-acre spread high in the Hollywood Hills. "After that, Bette Davis lived here for a while before it was bought in 1933 by Edith Head, who did most of the major...
  • Americans want to 'live big' in the Trump era, Nobel Prize winner says

    12/22/2016 5:30:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 21, 2016 | Robert Frank
    In the Trump era, excess is in and modesty is out. After years of stealth wealth, humility and downsizing, the president-elect is ushering in a new era of living large, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller said Wednesday. "We used to be more into modest living," the Yale professor told CNBC, speaking about the years after the financial crisis. "Now people are thinking, '[that] doesn't work.' You know? You have to live big-league and you're on your way." While there's no empirical evidence pointing to this shift, Shiller said the excitement is visible at Trump rallies and in the stock market....