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8/13/17

Question ...

"We have waited for "Trickle Down Economics" to trickle down for almost 40 years.
But be patient. The same people who brought you trickle down economics
are also the same people who, on a daily basis, bring you Jesus ...
and they've been waiting for Him for almost 2,000 years.

Any bets on which one will arrive first?"


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5/8/17

The Republicans are NOT working on tax "reform."
They are working on a massive transfer of wealth
from the pockets of most Americans
into the off-shore bank accounts of the ultra-rich.

THIS ... would be tax reform

Every time America is compared to other advanced nations (in any category)
we come out looking like a pair of jeans that just got pulled from a wood chipper.
(However, there are 2 exceptions: nobody does Guns & Bibles ... like we do)


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1/16/17

It was only 7 years ago that income inequality had become so bad
that the 388 richest people owned as much as HALF the world's citizens.
As we begin 2017, Trump has assembled a government
poised to strip away as much wealth as possible from Americans
and transfer it into the pockets of the wealthy.
As this process begins, where does wealth inequality stand right now?

Half the world's population now has as much wealth as the richest ...

8 people


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11/29/16

Wealth inequality is getting worse and worse
and the American people just turned over the entire American government
to the Conservatives who made it this way.



The next 4 years will likely be considered the greatest in America's history ...

for the rich


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10/22/16

Redistribution

Conservatives have no problems with redistribution
as long as it goes where they want it to go.
Where do they want the wealth to go?
To churches, the military, oil companies, large corporations,
and tax breaks for the rich.

They are only against redistribution
when it is earmarked for the poor, the sick, or the elderly.




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10/28/15

Wealth inequality not only includes income and property ...
but retirement benefits as well




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10/22/15

The "Human Development Index" is a metric
composed of life expectancy, education, and income.
It is published yearly by the United Nations,
and is used to rank the world's nations.



I found it odd that America,
which ranks in the 30's in both life expectancy and education could come out #8.
The only explanation would be the superior economic condition of America.
When America's riches are added in, we moved almost to the top.

But that is very misleading.
If you continue reading the article
you come to the Human Development Index ...
adjusted for economic inequality.

When the vast inequality of America is factored in,
we come in between Poland and Hungary at number 28.

For the richest nation on Earth ... that ain't too impressive


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10/9/15

You've heard it from me,
but to avoid the appearance of an "Appeal to Authority" ...

now you can also hear it from Stephen Hawking

(Hopefully - you got the sarcasm above)


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1/19/15

How bad are things getting for 99% of the human race?

We are rapidly returning to a primitive social system
in which life is brutal for those who aren't born lucky ...

but Heaven for those who are




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11/18/14

This story about income inequality might make you puke.
But don't feel bad ...

you won't be alone


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10/3/14

The world's richest country (that would be us ... America)
has an infant mortality rate typical of a third-world country.
Scientists have discovered a socioeconomic link ... economic inequality.

What's behind the high rate of infant deaths in the U.S.?

In the comment section that followed the article
(which now seems to have been removed)
I noticed that Conservatives flooded the comment section
and tried to undo the damage that those pesky scientists caused.
(much like they always do with articles about climate change)


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8/27/14

So what is income inequality's toll on the Middle Class?

About $18,000 a year

The Koch brothers thank you for your support


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8/12/14

Economic Inequality ... straight from the horse's mouth (20:26)




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2/8/14

The State of the Union - 2014




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11/6/13

The depressing economic situation for U.S. workers.



I took away something different from this story.

Think about what those two lines represented.
The red line was the average income
while the blue line represented the median.

Let's say you have 11 people: 1 ceo and 10 employees.
The ceo earns 1 million dollars per year.
Each employee earns $20,000 per year.

What is the average?
$1,200,000 / 11 = $109,091 per person.
They are living large, huh?

What is the median?
To find the median,
you locate the middle person and use their salary.
Employee #6 earns $20,000 per year,
therefore that is the median.
Not living so large now, are they?

The average is high because it is disproportionately affected by the rich.
It is the median that most people live on.

The America that existed after WW2, up until about 1980,
was famous the world over for its large middle class; everyone prospered.
The "average" and the "median" were much closer together.

Since around 1980 America has been on a downward spiral.
Our society now has one of the greatest disparities between rich and poor,
of any industrialized nation on Earth.

Our middle class is disappearing fast.
Very few are moving up ... most are moving down.

That graph illustrates a sick, sick country.


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11/20/12

As long as the plutocrats can continue to convince Americans
to keep government weak and ineffective,
they will continue to bask on the decks of their yachts
and dine on caviar and champagne;
while the rest of us save half of our McDonald's Happy Meal ...
for tomorrow night




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11/20/12

The destruction of America ... in only one generation (6:24)




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Jobs


8/14/17

Trump brags that the economy has added a million jobs
during his first half-year in office, which is true,
but it’s a slower pace of job creation than we enjoyed in ...

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, or 2012

(he kinda leaves that part out)


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6/2/17

The Jobs Report for May, 2017 is in



The misleading headline should read that since Trump took office
job gains have slowed by over 30% compared to the past year.
But the bigger news, buried within the story,
is that Job Participation is at its lowest level since the 1970's.


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5/2/17

Republicans pass a bill allowing employers to decide ...

whether to pay overtime or give time off

Republicans - pimping exclusively for the rich since 1980

From our second president, John Adams:
"Government is instituted for the common good;
for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people;
and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men
"

My, my ... how times have changed


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8/15/16

Among the biggest thieves in society ... are employers



Did you catch the part near the end
where Congress blocked Obama's attempts to help the people?

Is anyone surprised that Republicans protected the employer's right
to steal from the people?


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1/25/16

Here's yet another tactic that the big corporations have been using
to increase profits for shareholders, while destoying American lives.

H-1B visas

This began in 1990 under president Bush Sr. (you know - the smart Bush).

So not only do the rich ship millions of American jobs overseas
but they import cheap labor to take our remaining jobs.

Keep voting Republican ... the rich sure do appreciate your support!


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6/13/15

Why do the rich underpay their employees so badly?

Because they know that the taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill ...

that THEY should be paying




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2/16/15

Why are people paid so poorly in America?




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12/5/14

So who are the "job creators?"

Not the Republicans


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8/16/13

One man's attempt to bring jobs back to America (3:51)



Just over 30 years ago when Ronald Reagan took office and Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his "Trickle-down Economics," America began a descent which, within one generation, would bring the entire world to its economic knees, as the richest people extracted most of the world's wealth, not only in America, but throughout the world.


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4/2/13

National Institutes of Health to get 100 million to conduct brain-mapping project

Oh no. Obama is spending 100 million dollars on brain research
when we desperately need that money for ... oil and guns.

Whatever happened to the good old days
when scientists who wanted to spend all our money on stem cell research,
were stopped dead in their tracks by George W. Bush
who used that money instead for ... oil and guns.


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5/17/12

This rich dude tells you who the real "job creators" are ...



It's extremely disappointing that an organization like T.E.D.
would jeopardize their reputation by backing down from political controversy.

Thankfully, it's got almost 2 million views - so the word is getting out.


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The Poor


7/17/17

More kids are living in poverty in 2017
than during The Great Recession in 2008


The greatest increase was among non-Hispanic White kids.
This helps explain Trump's election by rural white America.

What all those poor white people didn't understand was,
they were fooled into placing their trust in the hands of the wolves;
and that's why things are getting ... a whole lot worse.


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5/8/17

Since the Plutocrats returned to power in 1980
(after being deposed for almost 50 years)
the life expectancy gap in the U.S. has gotten a whole lot worse.

And those who suffer the most are those people trapped in the "Red States"

I know it's tempting to say those people deserve it
for being stupid enough to keep in power, the same people who are killing them.
But we must find a way to help these people, in spite of themselves.
They don't possess the rational thinking skills to protect themselves ... but we do.

Battle Stations!


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4/11/16

Inequality in America from another angle:

The wealthy live longer than the rest of us ... and not by just a little




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3/12/16

Which states are the most Socialist?
(hint: it's not the blue (Democratic) states)



So how do Republicans convince people to vote against their own interests?
(if anyone figures it out ... please let me know).


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2/10/15

Unemployment is a major cause of suicides worldwide

Hip Hip Hooray for unfettered Capitalism
and the Plutocrats who run it.

Hip Hip Hooray for the top 85 families
who own as much as the bottom 3 billion people.

And Hip Hip Hooray for mortuaries, without whom,
the Plutocrats would have to bury the poor ... themselves


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1/12/15

Here is a heartwarming story that gives me hope for America

New Orleans finds homes for homeless veterans

Now read this one

My hope for America didn't last very long.

Unless people, like those in the first story,
can find a way to neutralize (remove from power)
the people in the second story
our civilization is in for a long, long, nasty existence.


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11/25/14

We don't hear a whole lot about the AIDS epidemic anymore.

So - how's it going?

They're dying because they can't afford treatment

I got the distinct impression that the author was downplaying
the reason why people aren't getting treated.
It is obvious that dying people would seek help if they could afford it.
This article might as well have been written by Fox News.


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11/17/14

Child homelessness hits all-time high in America.

Pro-lifers (overwhelmingly Republican)
will bomb clinics and murder doctors
to protect the lives of clumps of cells.



But once those little suckers leave the womb,
Republicans do everything in their power
to put those lazy, no-good moochers in the ground ...

unless they have been properly bred by the rich, of course.




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10/1/14

How expensive is German college tuition?

It's free

And the story is the same in many E.U. countries.
(and you don't even want to know about their health care)

In those two areas, education and health care,
America is 35th in literacy and 34th in life expectancy
despite being the richest nation on Earth.

I smell rats ... big ones


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5/14/14

In the 21st century, the Confederacy is still working children ...

in tobacco fields

I thought they fixed that crap a century ago.

WTF is wrong with those people?


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2/6/14

The war being waged by the rich on the poor, the sick, the elderly,
and any other group that make up the weakest
and most vulnerable members of our society,
should turn your stomach.
If it doesn't, it's probably because you are either a Conservative or ...
just a heartless bastard



Most interestingly, the biggest supporters of the rich are ...

Evangelical Christians


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