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  •  And it only persists (15+ / 0-)

    because of the number of people in the middle class who think record inequality is good for them.

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 03:19:32 PM PDT

    •  I think the problem is that too many of (4+ / 0-)

      The rich and powerful don't understand that the problem is so deep--they wish to believe that laziness and welfare and regulation are the culprits. The far left imagines that a inverting the power structure would make things better--it would make us all more equal but also all poorer and, in my opinion destroy freedom.

      I hope that we can get people to agree that regulations protecting jobs is worth the cost in productivity. It would have real consequences for capitalists, but they should embrace it for the gains to our national health and happiness.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 03:41:34 PM PDT

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    •  Given that "middle class"... (3+ / 0-)
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      Ramoth, maryabein, elwior

      ...now means anyone making a penny less than $400k/year, they're somewhat correct. Those making more than $100k/year have made out like bandits since income taxes were cut.

      (It also persists because of what's defined as allowable political and public discourse. The top 2 percent of earners aren't middle-class, and neither are the top 5 percent, for that matter.)

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