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View Poll Results: What Administration is most responsible for Income Inequality?
Politicians in DC and thier policies are actually not responsible for the shape of this country, it's a strawman and is up to the individual. 5 10.20%
Politicians in DC are responsible but are blameless when they rejoin back into a large corporation or bank. 2 4.08%
Puppet Barack Obama and Wall Street since QE and Bailouts occured on his watch. 22 44.90%
Ronald Reagan and Trickle Down Economics Policies. 24 48.98%
I don't care and this topic needs to die since my stocks are going through the roof. 3 6.12%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-05-2013, 11:23 PM
 
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We hear constantly how politicians effect millions of Americans and their lives with their policies throughout this board. It is left vs right constantly and the impacts each "party" has on this country.


So in your opinion, which "party" is most responsible for the ever growing divide in wealth inequality?
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:01 AM
 
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It's not a function of any political party in this nation. It's a function of Capitalism and respective policies.

All a political party can do is artificially deflate the tendency toward the increase of income equality. However, doing so steers a nation away from Capitalism (or the semblance of it that we have here) and thus, is not generally endorsed by either party in the US.

Europe, on the other hand, is much more willing to mix systems and the effect has been slower than here - but it still occurs.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:06 AM
 
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uhm, income equality? I surely hope the surgeon that is about to operate on me is paid better than a burger flipper.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:27 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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It's a function of BOTH political parties, in conjunction with the inevitable characteristics of capitalism in a world of increasingly rapid technological capability.

Technology has enabled outsourcing and global manufacturing / distribution to be economically feasible. The result is a global competition for labor with very different geographic costs, resulting in a drastic redistribution of job winners and losers. Most of the losers, of course, are here in the USA.

Both Democrats and Republicans have been very happy to stand by while their corporate overlords whisk away all the jobs that used to pay a decent wage to folks who weren't necessarily college / grad school-bound. Now, those jobs are gone, and they're not coming back. And the people who worked those good jobs in the past are now competing for the meager McJobs that are the hallmark of America, which don't even pay enough money to make ends meet. Politicians long ago decided to help further enrich the few Americans at the top by impoverishing the large section at the bottom, which isn't surprising when you consider who has the money that does the talking.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Biggest case of income inequality of them all started under Bush, but reached its nadir under Obama: DC vs. flyover country.

Beltway Earnings Make U.S. Capital Richer Than Silicon Valley - Bloomberg

I wonder if Pres. Obama expressed concern about that in his talk. I suppose not.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:29 AM
 
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Obama and his supporters are saying "income inequality" they are not saying "wealth inequality". They are not going after the rich but are going after anyone that makes more than who? So how many of you make more than the poor? Are they coming after your money? You can be a target.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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I don't think any single admin is responsible. Education creates opportunity, and opportunity put people on track to becoming successful. Our education system is pathetic, and the recent (and past) comparisons to other industrialized countries show how far we have fallen. This problem will take a whole generation to fix, but apparently the lawmakers are unwilling to do anything about it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:46 AM
 
Location: NE Ohio
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We hear constantly how politicians effect millions of Americans and their lives with their policies throughout this board. It is left vs right constantly and the impacts each "party" has on this country.


So in your opinion, which "party" is most responsible for the ever growing divide in wealth inequality?
I reject the very notion that "wealth inequality" is a problem. That's because wealth is created by individuals.

Our biggest problem right now is JOBS.And unemployment in the last five years has been exacerbated by the faulty ecconomic policies of this administration, coupled with ObamaCare, an unmitigated disaster in terms of not only it's affect on health insurance, but also in terms of it's affect on job creation and economic growth, as businesses faced with the extreme higher cost to provide insurance, mandated if they have over 50 employees, continue to downsize and lay off employees to save their businesses.

When an economy is expanding, which is only possible when government gets out of the way, and promotes the "general welfare" as the Constitution says it should, instead of stifling it, income opportunity for all will abound.

There will always be those with more, and those with less, however. Government cannot "equalize" incomes. The result of such an effort is oppression.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:48 AM
 
Location: NE Ohio
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I don't think any single admin is responsible. Education creates opportunity, and opportunity put people on track to becoming successful. Our education system is pathetic, and the recent (and past) comparisons to other industrialized countries show how far we have fallen. This problem will take a whole generation to fix, but apparently the lawmakers are unwilling to do anything about it.
Dang! I agree with you. Are you turning over a conservative leaf?
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:51 AM
 
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Is this the new distraction? Where is this inequality? This is even dumber than the stupid fake war in women crap. You work at McDonalds, don't expect to become rich. You want to earn more money, work harder, try something different, take some risks.

This isn't the role of government to get involved with this. You damn liberals have destroyed this country. Our friggin government is already involved enough in things it has no damn business being in, thanks to liberalism. Enough!
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