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  •  The 1% are not Americans now? (4+ / 0-)

    Where will these diatribes go next? The 1% gets driven into the sea, burned at the stake, drawn and quartered? This hatred-driven movement is obviously steeped in envy and is full of the kind of malice we usually see in right wing campaigns.

    Anger just eats you up, and solves nothing. People who makes 300 grand a year (the 1%) are just as American as you are.

    •  "The rich are very different than you and I." (2+ / 0-)
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      Always have been. They are prisoners and custodians of their gargantuan mountain of funds and assets all their lives. They have no more knowledge or relationship with people who work for their daily sustenance than workers have with animals at the slaughterhouse. Their money is international, so their mindset is as well. It's well nigh impossible to keep your billions restricted to investments here in America.

      Do you know how to do that? I know of no billionaire who would even try.

      You are asking if the 1% are to be driven into the sea, burned at the stake, drawn and quartered? That's a pretty violent response on your part. No one deserves that.

      I merely state the fact -- the rentiers of our society have no preternatural right because of providing capital to take all the profits of production and increased productivity, and leave workers with less than a living wage. The to 1% have taken fully 110% of all productivity and production profits in America in the past few years. Meaning wages to working people actually went down in return for more work accomplished.

      Or do you feel that they have that right by virtue of their high birth? Are you a fan of the royals?

      "The 1% have no wealth. They have our wealth."

      by antifa on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:59:49 PM PDT

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      •  What crap. (2+ / 0-)
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        So if tomorrow your skills were worth $300,000 a year to an employer, which would make you one of the dreaded 1%, you'd all of the sudden "have no more knowledge or relationship with people who work for their daily sustenance than workers have with animals at the slaughterhouse"? I know tons of 1%ers, and most of the ones I know are total liberals, mostly raised in middle class households.

        People go from the middle class to starting successful businesses, become successful lawyers and other professionals, and become part of the "1%". They are just the same as the rest of society. You are talking specifically about a small group of billionaires. The vast, vast majority of people who vote for Republicans are in the 99%, so why don't you focus your ire on them and not liberals who happen to make more money than you do?

        •  Don't hit that strawman so hard, Doc . . . (0+ / 0-)

          You're using the lowliest members of the 1% to defend the very few super-rich who are taking all the profits our nation produces. But you and your friends are, too.

          What exactly are you and your oh so kind $300K per year friends doing about the 14 million kids who go to bed hungry every night? In "the greatest country in the world?"

          Not much, cuz they're still going to bed hungry. If you don't go to bed hungry every night, don't tell me or anyone else you understand those kids in any terms other than nameless cattle.

          The top 1% of our society does not live in substandard housing,  does not have to join a street gang before they turn 12 to survive in their neighborhood, does not find themselves on a railroad from inner city school to prison and a lifetime of being turned away from decent jobs or education.

          They do not live on food stamps, go without health insurance, skip meals to pay for medicine, use the emergency for all medical care, work two jobs and still have no money for a desperately needed visit to the doctor.

          What the hell do you know from day to day about the lives of the lowest 40% of our population, people whose work is only partially rewarded because the system lets the rentiers take virtually all the profits of their work?

          If you haven't lived on food stamps for a month, you don't know America any more than you know Romania.

          Your 1% cocktail sipping, wienie eating "liberal" friends won't rock the boat enough to break the stranglehold of privately donated cash that keeps our politicians from taking their orders for we, the people. All of us, not just you and yours. You and yours are delighted to be able at last to contribute to one of the two chapters of the one Money Party that rigs the system for their own enrichment.

          The problem is, so much theft at the top is destroying our economy root and branch. The fiat money you so love to receive and hoard is going to be made worthless by your hoarding it. It is only valuable in a lasting way if you spread it out in the economy among everyone so the nation prospers.

          "The 1% have no wealth. They have our wealth."

          by antifa on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 03:31:13 PM PDT

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