Wealth disparity prompts civil unrest

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A lot of Americans are angry with our federal government, and especially President Obama. They are working hard to make him a one-term president. But they should be angry at the people who have taken government away from them -- and that's the wealthy corporations and citizens with deep pockets for lobbyists and political campaigns, which control much legislation and propaganda.

We have to have government. Without government, we would be Somalia. So rather than say, "We should eliminate government," why not say, "We should take the government back from the fat cats who are shutting us out." Fight the real enemy. Money talks, and more and more the moneyed voices seem to drown out those of the middle class. The wealthy money buys plenty of tax cuts, subsidies and giveaways and service cuts for everyone else.

This is not what America is about. America is about middle-class opportunities and cohesion. Yet, much of the middle class continues to support tax cuts for the wealthy and the Republicans who fight to implement them. They vote against their own interests. They vote to increase the unequal distribution of wealth. They vote to put more money in the hands of those who will buy the government away from them.

This isn't wealth envy. This is about growing income and wealth disparity among Americans. It is an underrated problem that can undermine a civil society and create chaos.

Most Americans have a high tolerance for income inequality because it is a consensus that we all can become wealthy if we work hard and create something very marketable. Our differences of opinion about inequality degenerates into partisan debates over whether poor people deserve help and sympathy or should pull themselves by their bootstraps.

But there is evidence that living in a society with wide wealth disparities can lead to civil unrest and reverberate on multiple levels.

I believe in the free market and a person making an income from whatever is produced in the market. But I also believe that the person should be responsible to that society in which the wealth was produced.

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Insider Information 07/28/11 - 10:20 pm
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"Yet, much of the middle

"Yet, much of the middle class continues to support tax cuts for the wealthy and the Republicans who fight to implement them. They vote against their own interests."

So, all of us middle class folks are just dumb yokels? Oh, please share your wisdom and save us from our own stupidity.

I always question the intelligence of someone who is so arrogant as to call other people stupid.

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bailmeout4 07/28/11 - 10:33 pm
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stop the rhetoric. Problem

stop the rhetoric. Problem is, most middle class americans don't wont to live like "middle class". You dont need that extra flat screen tv, 3 cars, and all the other crap you can't afford. I see too many "avg" folk living beyond their means. I'm already paying out 38% in federal income tax...what else can you take from me? Roth was phased out because of my income, my student loans can no longer be deducted because of my income, I can go on.

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willie7 07/28/11 - 10:53 pm
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ballmeout4, I don't think the
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ballmeout4, I don't think the writer is writing about you, unless you are giving big bucks to politicans. He is writing about those with millions who influence
legislation that affects the average Joe.

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Asitisinaug 07/29/11 - 01:03 am
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Lots of rhetoric with very

Lots of rhetoric with very little correct information. And, no one is calling for doing away with the government, just to bring it back under control. This administration has raised spending by 28% since taking office, has spent more in 2.5 years than either Bush or Clinton spent in 8 years. Lobbyist work on both sides of the isle and there are just as many rich liberals as there are conservatives. Anyone can make it in America and no one deserves anything other than life, liberty and the PERSUIT of happiness.

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southernguy08 07/29/11 - 07:39 am
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"Without government, we would
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"Without government, we would be Somalia?" Gee Tracy, you really are an Obama supporter, aren't you? Ever heard the old phrase "Government that governs least governs best?" It was by an old fuddy duddy named Thomas Jefferson. This letter writer is a prime example of why our nation is in the fix its in now. People like this put this incompetent in the WH. But, more "change" is coming in 2012 baby!

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carcraft 07/29/11 - 08:02 am
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We have lost jobs for

We have lost jobs for working Americans because of regulations, taxes and government interferance with business. Mr. Williams solution is more taxes, regulations and government interferance to make things better. Yup I guess that is the ticket!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/29/11 - 07:59 am
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Oh, does Mr. williams realize

Oh, does Mr. williams realize that Donald Trumka, head of a Union, is the person who gets into the White House to see Obama the most?

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seenitB4 07/29/11 - 08:44 am
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Who should we be mad

Who should we be mad with---OURSELVES---for sitting on our buns when BOTH partys let our FACTORIES go bye-bye....now here we sit with unemployment-bankclosing-realestate dips-borrowing $$ to keep the bills paid---and we wonder what happened......when we lost 47,000
FACTORIES paying decent paychecks- we lost our middle income base ...Do you want to take a minute & call or write your senator-rep.state& local or do you just want to open a beer & watch a tv program???
We let this happen & wecan change the direction....
Just this week Newt Gingrich was asked why the t-shirts of his campaign were NOT made in America ---DUH-DUH--he said volunteers bought the shirts ....sorry, big boy...I just don't buy that----Big Boys don't give a rats behind about our jobs-misery-homeloss---that goes for both sides---they care about the next national tv program they're on & how many BOOKS they can sell & Tiffanys-----we will have to change all of them out of DC....& start over-----we might get to do this soon....

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rmwhitley 07/29/11 - 08:46 am
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Make examples of "taxing the
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Make examples of "taxing the rich" with the first wave: georgy schwartz (george soros), jeffrey immelt, harry reid, chuck schumer, mr. and mrs. nancy pelosi, jesse jackson, al sharpton, chris dodd, barney frank, lawrence o'donnell, chris matthews, rachel maddow, katie couric, dan rather, jackson-lee, jim clyburn, dennis kucinnich, hussein obama, michele obama, tim geithner, joe biden, nfl players, nba players, mlb players, actors, drug dealers, welfare moms, students who won't go to school, ponzi scheme proponents, welfare fraud corporations, illegal aliens, mexican drug cartels and any other slime ball living off the backs of True AMERICANS.

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Adder 07/29/11 - 09:54 am
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So now the threats begin.
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So now the threats begin. Civil unrest, Chaos and "reverbrations" IF the forced redidtribution of wealth stops. Well, I say BRING IT. Down here in Georgia riots are really just early hunting season with a NO BAG LIMIT.

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dichotomy 07/29/11 - 09:57 am
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I can't worry too much about

I can't worry too much about wealth disparity when our welfare folks live better than working folks in much of the rest of the world and our almost 50% of the people who do work but don't pay taxes have a much higher standard of living than a lot of the world. For those who own or run businesses and make a lot of money I say more power to them. I hope to be them one day. When I hear people who's main concern is wealth disparity I know they would be happier living in Cuba or some other "real" communist country. Of course there is wealth disparity in those countries too but nobody can complain about it.

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dontunderstand 07/29/11 - 10:47 am
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We can't compete with the

We can't compete with the Third World when it comes to cheap labor. What fiscally responsible company whose only loyalty is and should be to it's shareholders would chose to open a factory in the US when you can have 8 year olds in Bangledesh do they same work for pennies a day? Despite what some of the conservative posters on this site may say, I seriously doubt any of them want us to go back to the horrific working practices we saw in the 19th Century. Which is what a factory in the Third World looks like now. The products sold in this country are very, very, cheap and the reason the prices can stay low is that in those countries, the factory owners don't have to worry about whether or not they are polluting the environment by dumping their waste into rivers. They can cram as many workers into a room as they want and chain the doors to make sure no one sneaks out because they don't have to answer to a Fire Marshall..if that even exists.
So, those jobs are gone. Sorry. We can't go back, and we shouldn't go back. We need to look to the future, and that means investing in new technologies and educating are young folk better than what we've been doing. There should be more vocational training in fields that take a high level of skill. Our diversity, our resourcefulness, and our greed (yeah, I said it) has in past times made us the rich. It can do it again if we stop dwelling in the past and look to the future.

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seenitB4 07/29/11 - 11:03 am
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So, those jobs are gone.

So, those jobs are gone. Sorry. We can't go back, and we shouldn't go back. We need to look to the future, and that means investing in new technologies and educating are young folk better than what we've been doing. There should be more vocational training in fields that take a high level of skill.

Well those words have been said for at least 2 years now----so how's is that working for us----we don't have a gun at our head when we purchase goods at the store---look for USA goods--it can be done---sometimes we forget ...we elected the folks in DC---put some in there that will put jobs for Americans first.

Adder
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Adder 07/29/11 - 11:09 am
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When everyone has a college
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When everyone has a college education, who flips the hamburger ?

drivenslow
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drivenslow 07/29/11 - 12:45 pm
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and sorry folks the richest
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and sorry folks the richest people in america pay more in taxes than all the middle class....stop letting the media pull your puppet strings the tops earners in this country are taxed heavily and ive never worked for a poor man

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drivenslow 07/29/11 - 12:51 pm
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and the jobs are gone because
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and the jobs are gone because of the outlandish corporate taxes (the highest in the world) and also because most corporations have learned even with good pay most americans think they deserve the highest pay for the least amount of work....truth may hurt but its still the truth

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 07/29/11 - 01:29 pm
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Hauled tons of trash out of

Hauled tons of trash out of the Augusta Canal , the aquaduct, and many streets where the "poor" congregate. The "poor" litter our city with the following things that we hauled off.
1. Beer, fine wine and liquor bottles, most smashed into shards of glass .
2. Rolling papers, blunt wrappers, empty baggies with weed stems, cigar filler from their slitting open a perfectly good cigar to roll it into a blunt, piles of lighters and even some expensive windproof lighters.
3. Pornagraphy, etc.
4. Shoes, pants, belts and other clothing given to them by churches and other organizations only for them to leave it to rot.
5. Fast Food bags, foods they let rot.
6. PILES of lottery tickets or anything else used to gamble with.
7. All manner of stolen things
8. Stuff so nasty, perverted, and horrible I can’t mention it.
This is what the “poor” spend their money on, then they litter our streets with it and blame U.S for
their plight.

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jross1981 07/29/11 - 01:40 pm
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With all of this talk I keep

With all of this talk I keep hearing about "fat cats", maybe The First Lady should make the feline obesity epedemic a top priority. It would fit well with the childhood obesity epidemic program.

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Vito45 07/29/11 - 01:58 pm
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It isn't the fault of "the

It isn't the fault of "the rich" that their power has influence in Washington; it is OUR FAULT that we keep putting up with politicians that allow themselves to be influenced by lobbyists and special interests instead of their constituents. Always remember, It is all about gaining and maintaining power with these people, not being good public servants representing the public. We should change them out as often as underwear until we get some that are genuinely interested in US and not their personal power.

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RogerDavis 07/29/11 - 03:25 pm
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Bear in mind most people in

Bear in mind most people in this country have never seen true poverty. Government stats show that nearly 70% of "poor" people own an automobile. 40% own two. 95% have a TV, 75% have two. 30% obesity rates for the country, nearly 40% for those on "the dole". Wealth disparity? Of course. But the disparity is between those who are self-sufficient versus those who would rather "get a check".

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laaybaaak 07/29/11 - 03:45 pm
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myfather15 great question,

myfather15 great question, can anyone give us an answer

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faithson 07/29/11 - 04:16 pm
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laay.. It all starts in the

laay.. It all starts in the family, period. You can't build on a lousy foundation and the American family is the foundation of our American civilization. Create ways to support, educate and enlighten the family in America and you can get a good start on the solution. As in any family, the 'black sheep' causes all the others consternation. We can only work towards the solution by addressing the problems, problems that will not be solved anytime soon.

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david jennings 07/29/11 - 04:38 pm
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Bailmeout said it right.The

Bailmeout said it right.The majority of people "dont have"because of bad choices made.You could give the average person a hundred thousand and they would be dead broke in a few months.Since I learned to live within my means I have all I need and more.I found Williams and Palmers letters amusing.

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TK3 07/29/11 - 05:53 pm
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Get government out of

Get government out of business so one can keep or open a business.

PS: We already have the best government money can buy because government has control of business...get it?

"Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others. "~Ayn Rand

"Politicians invariably respond to crisis -- that in most cases they themselves created -- by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism."~Ayn Rand

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Willow Bailey 07/29/11 - 08:18 pm
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The government doesn't care

The government doesn't care about the poor, they care about their votes. If they had a heart for them, they'd have them over for a White House Christmas dinner.

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Bruno 07/29/11 - 08:30 pm
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The government the populace

The government the populace has is the government they voted for. In computer terms "GIGO" or garbage in garbage out. African Americans will continue to vote for Obama even though the unemployment rate in the AA community is around 16%. The poor will continue to vote for those who say that they will take money away from those better off to give to them because they see it as an easier way than earning the money themselves. This is not the fault of "those evil big corporations" but rather it falls directly at the feet of the voters.

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