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khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Apr 24, 2013 - 01:31am PT
Why this is even news beats me...

As economy recovers, the richest get richer, study shows

Wealth inequality widened dramatically during the first two years of the economic recovery, as the upper 7 percent of American households saw their average net worth increase 28 percent, while the wealth of the other 93 percent declined, according to a report released Tuesday.

The study by the Pew Research Center underscored other data showing that the economic growth that has followed the Great Recession has benefited mainly those at the top. The uneven recovery has only accelerated a decades-long trend of growing wealth inequality in the country, despite rising popular and political awareness of the dynamic.

From 2009 to 2011, the average net worth of the nation’s 8 million most-affluent households jumped from an estimated $2.7 million to $3.2 million, Pew said. For the 111 million households that form the bottom 93 percent, average net worth fell 4 percent, from $140,000 to an estimated $134,000, the report said.

The changes mean that the wealth gap separating the top 7 percent and everyone else increased from 18-to-1 to 24-to-1 between 2009 and 2011. Overall, the most affluent 7 percent of households owned 63 percent of the nation’s household wealth in 2011, up from 56 percent in 2009.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 24, 2013 - 07:05am PT
Credit: bookworm


and what's the lib response?

EVEN MORE GOVERNMENT!!!

what's that they say about trying the same solution over and over again and expecting different results?
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:01am PT
A library for W. Bush...That's rich...! When did he learn to read...?
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:29am PT
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57581104/wh-knew-electric-car-maker-fisker-was-faltering-ap/

but barry kept giving them money because that's what politicians do because it's easy to spend OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY especially when nobody holds you accountable


like education:


1) Revenues collected by governments for public education in the United States totaled $593.7 billion. About $261.4 billion came from local sources, $258.2 billion from state sources, and $74 billion from federal sources.

2) That’s about $1,922 from each and every American.

3) Or $2,531 from each adult, 18 and older.

4) Or $4,567 from each non-farm American worker on a payroll.

5) That amounts to 11.4 percent of the average worker’s salary, or $2.20 per hour.

6) The average American employee thus works almost one hour every day to fund public schools.

7) It would take the entire salary of 14,842,500 employees to pay for U.S. public schools, equivalent to the entire retail trade workforce.

All the figures cited are for 2010, courtesy of the National Center of Education Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:21am PT
To answer Dr. F's original question:

Because they are shameless corporate whores.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-consumer-bureau-cordray-20130424,0,196716.story
WASHINGTON — Republicans have stepped up their pressure to limit the wide-ranging powers of the nation's watchdog over consumers' money matters.

The head of a key House committee overseeing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said he would no longer accept the testimony of Richard Cordray, the bureau's director, before his panel because he doesn't believe Cordray was legally appointed to his post.

Cordray, who delivered his semi-annual report to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, was set to do the same in coming weeks in the House, as required by law.

But Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chair of the House Financial Services Committee and a leading critic of the bureau, contended that President Obama's recess appointment of Cordray last year was unlawful because the Congress, technically, was not in recess.

The bureau has been under attack by congressional Republicans and other opponents since it was created in 2010, over the GOP's strenuous objections, as the centerpiece of the Dodd-Frank overhaul of financial regulations.

Republicans have tried since to rein in the bureau's authority, arguing that the bureau was too powerful and posed a threat to the health of banks and the rights of consumers. Nearly all Senate Republicans have blocked the confirmation of any nominee to the post until the administration agrees to curtail the bureau's authority.

"No other regulator has more influence over the daily financial lives of Americans," Hensarling said. "How is it fair to American consumers that one unelected, unaccountable bureaucrat in Washington has the power to decide what kind of mortgage, car loan or credit card they can or cannot have?"

My apologies to whores for lumping them in with GOP politicians.
new world order2

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:21am PT
Biden recently called to "create a New World Order".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1AMYHHAXhI


Comments.....anyone? Just a conspiracy theory?

You do realize the government (both wings) want to lower our standard of living to equal that of third world countries? Why do you think they're allowing so many to migrate here from said, 3rd world countries (be it illegal or not) ? Those folks are used to tyranny, and couldn't care less about the constitution. And they vote too.

Bah-ah-ah-ah....

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Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:30am PT
You need a new graphic.
new world order2

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:43am PT
How's this one?

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apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:57am PT
Is this racist? Or just funny? Educate me.



From the 'Don Quijote' store in the Roppongi area of Tokyo.
jghedge

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 02:30am PT
Just wondering if this has been mentioned on this thread yet

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/holy-coding-error-batman/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/18/us-global-economy-debt-herndon-idUSBRE93H0CV20130418


Basically this is a huge scandal in the field of economics - Harvard economists are basically being accused not just of error, but actual fraud, in presenting an argument for austerity that was found to have multiple errors that all pointed towards the same direction

Pretty amazing (and damning) stuff...once again, we see the extent to which conservatives will go to deny reality, even at the highest levels of economic research.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:40am PT
two questions from somebody who is wrong about everything:

1) if obamacare is so great why do so many people want to avoid it--including the people WHO PASSED THE BILL?

2) why do libs want more government when even the government doesn't like what government does?

"The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty.

Plus, lawmakers — especially those with long careers in public service and smaller bank accounts — are also concerned about the hit to their own wallets."

exit question: why are congress members concerned about their "wallets" when barry insists the law will "reduce healthcare costs"?
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:46am PT
To answer Dr. F's original question:
They hate Americans.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-house-gop-20130425,0,3786225.story?gg

WASHINGTON — As the new Congress began this year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia sought to redefine the Republican Party as focused on "making life work" for ordinary Americans.

Surveys showed that the public had tired of the party of "no" as House Republicans fought President Obama. The party lost its opportunity to win the White House or take control of the Senate last fall, and saw its House majority shrink.

Cantor's approach echoed the "compassionate conservatism" of an earlier Republican era. In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, he said the House majority would "pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families."

That ambitious goal ran smack into political reality Wednesday as conservative lawmakers rejected a Republican bill to help Americans with preexisting health conditions gain access to insurance coverage.

Republican leaders had to abruptly yank the bill from consideration because they did not have enough votes from their rank and file to pass it. The episode was another example of the difficulty the Republican Party faces in corralling its unruly majority and finding a common message to attract voters.

Bookworm, even my Orange County Republican, cave man conservative friend is starting to like Obamacare. His son had brain surgery and he's getting a eyeful on how the present system works. He's starting to believe that maybe healthcare should not be a corporate profit center.
new world order2

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/obamacare-exemption-lawmakers-aides-90610.html

Both wings of the U.S. government are of the same bird. They are corrupt.

Wake the frig up!
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 25, 2013 - 09:45am PT
You know NWO2 you are really borish and your commentary hackneyed in extreme.
All of what you sputtle on about has been known to the adults for several decades.
You are like Limbaugh all complaint and no substantive alternatives.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:10am PT
Republicans love to talk principles and character. Talk is cheap. When scary things happen they seem not to actually have any principles except fear, violence and relying on big government totalitarianism.

new world order2

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:13am PT
You know NWO2 you are really borish and your commentary hackneyed in extreme.
All of what you sputtle on about has been known to the adults for several decades.
You are like Limbaugh all complaint and no substantive alternatives.


Yes philo, I do come on a little strong. But only because what "has been known to the adults for several decades" is not known to the vast majority of the population.

And what of you? Are you ok with the same standards that apply to people in communist countries like China or North Korea, being applied to us/U.S.?

Are you ok with being implanted with RFIDs? You do know those units send and receive, don't you? And pulllllease, don't deny that we will all be chipped.

Alternatives?

How about ending the Fed, which really isn't Federal at all, but made up of off-shore banksters.

How about ending the militarization of police?

How about putting an end to GMO food, or at least labeling it so we can decide?

How about putting an end to adding fluoride to drinking water? You do know fluoride is a component of Prozac, don't you? Will you be ok with it, when they start adding lithium?

How about putting and end to corporate influence on government?

How about Ron Paul type folks who want to end our involvement in affairs that we have no right to be in, like the Middle East?

Yeah, there are alternatives, but they likely won't be accepted, because most folks love living in a nanny state, are too caught up staring at their iPhones, checking in on Facebook, or watching NASCAR.

The sheeple, are asleeple.

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bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
"Bookworm, even my Orange County Republican, cave man conservative friend is starting to like Obamacare. His son had brain surgery and he's getting a eyeful on how the present system works. He's starting to believe that maybe healthcare should not be a corporate profit center."

i had brain surgery, too...total cost: $58,000

i paid $200 out-of-pocket for an extra mri ordered by may brain surgeon, who, by the way, was one of the highest rated specialists in the dc area...i also got a private room

the system worked just fine


if nothing else, you should be suspicious that DEMOCRATS who passed the bill are now trying to ensure for themselves an exemption from the law

remember when repubs tried to amend the bill to force members of congress to give up their health care and join a government approved plan? i'm sure you don't remember it because the democrats voted against it
jghedge

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:05pm PT

"He's starting to believe that maybe healthcare should not be a corporate profit center."

ObamaCare was only a start - the next step (indeed, the first one that should have been taken) is gov't cost controls on medical goods and services. Not controls on how much we pay, but on how much is actually allowed to be charged.

The moral (as well as economic) imperative is getting our health care costs near what other countries pay. We essentially pay twice as much for half the health care - and it's getting worse.
jghedge

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
"2) why do libs want more government when even the government doesn't like what government does?"

Answer:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/24/george-w-bushs-presidency-in-24-charts/?tid=pm_business_pop

Credit: jghedge

Note that health insurance premiums doubled under Bush

100% in 8 years under Bush vs.15% in 4 years under Obama


jghedge

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 02:21pm PT

"i had brain surgery, too"

"the system worked just fine"


I beg to differ
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