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  •  Taxes is doable, and the only mechanism (2+ / 0-)
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    Empty Vessel, 3goldens

    ...to bring abate the drastic income inequality that comes with capitalism.

    As for the MIC and Our Corporate Overlords -- they own the place. Life is too short....



    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:53:54 PM PDT

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    •  Increased productivity increases wealth. (2+ / 0-)
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      Pluto, Onomastic

      All productivity gains over the past thirty years has gone to the wealthy.

      Previous SS 'fixes' have always included the fact that as productivity increases so too would wages. And, SS contributions would increase commensurately.
      That hasn't happened because productivity/wages have been stolen by the wealthy.

      Wages have stagnated for thirty years as the wealthy usurped all productivity growth.

      To return the stolen productivity from those workers
      1) uncap SS contributions (this would be a return of productivity stolen , include capital gains),
      2) cap benefits for the wealthy (and don't allow misleading Frank Luntz words like 'it'll turn SS into a welfare program', that's bs, it's a return of stolen productivity).

      The five children of Sam Walton have as much as 141,000,000 Americans. That's just five people who inherited it all. And that doesn't include the other billionaires.  They can easily return our stolen productivity w/o missing any vacations or meals.

      "I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves" Harriet Tubman

      by BrianParker14 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:12:57 PM PDT

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      •  These are yesterday's problems and solutions. (0+ / 0-)

        Fast forward to this comment thread.



        Denial is a drug.

        by Pluto on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:23:48 PM PDT

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        •  NY brit expat partially answered you. (2+ / 0-)
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          jbsoul, Pluto

          In addition, we do have three hundred million people in this country.

          Accumulation of all wealth by the very few is reasonable? All the planets resources going to the strongest? It seems to me every type of person has contributed to the success of these billionaires and the billionaires only confiscate intellect and labor for themselves.

          It is a civilization. It is a society. Even if automation and things like 3-D printers eliminate the need for workers some billionaires may still want to live in a civilized world.

          Stolen, confiscated productivity still exists. (They've purchased the inheritance laws to accumulate all wealth and resources.)

          Or we could just have survival of the fittest. In that case whomever can afford a personal armed military would survive until the a more powerful army of another capitalist conquered them. It seems as though that outcome is what you're seeing.
          Are you proposing that, figuratively, the logical conclusion is only one person survive?

          A civilized society w/our wealth and resources can take care of everyone who lives here.  The money exists to do that!
          It's only the supremely greedy, some would call them sociopaths, who want to hoard all resources and wealth (and purchase the laws to allow it and the media to convince the gullible that is reasonable and absurdly practical) that are preventing it. Is that what your are suggesting, survival of the very few who are armed w/every imaginable weapon to preserve their stolen productivity? I think those types of people will eventually kill everyone.

          It only takes a few committed sociopaths to destroy a democracy.

          "I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves" Harriet Tubman

          by BrianParker14 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:24:01 PM PDT

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