(Closed) Wealth distribution in the US

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 107
Member
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think PandasWifey is actually Rush Limbaugh – look at that last post!

Post # 108
Member
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

View original reply
@FauxPas2012:  I never said they were too stupid or that they should be laughed at. i was simply helping to explain.

Post # 109
Member
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

View original reply
@everyheart:  Have to admit I kinda got lost with that response considering…

1) The US elected a democrat so there isn’t a majority of Republicans out there otherwise Romeny would have been President.

2) If I were in the US I would be a democrat and yet I haven’t mooched off anyone

3) I’m actually doing pretty well (some would consider me well-off) and yet I’m self-entitled and have no wealth being, in what I’m sure it so to the OP, a ‘socialist country’.  Thus meaning, I have the same wealth as someone working in McDonalds. (No offense to those who work there, I myself worked in a low paying job as a student and thought it was a wonderful experience which taught me to be humble and kind to the person working on the opposite counter serving me)

 

Sad thing is I do have friends who are Republicans, and there are some things that they have some valid points on; unfortunately it doesn’t seem the OP is presenting some good and valid points that could be useful to this arguement.

Post # 110
Member
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

View original reply
@PandasWifey:  “go live in Europe or something.” Absolutely. Scandanavian Europe, in particular, is a fantastic place… much better than the UK or the US in many ways. Fantastic services, free childcare, great public parks, low crime rate, low rates of drug addiction, high life expectancy, low teenage pregnancy rates… need I go on?

I choose not to live there, however. I choose to try and make my home more like theirs, instead (ie, improve it).

View original reply
@OnceUponATime:  The irony is, of course, that ethically produced items cost much more, and the poorer people cannot afford them because they do not have a living wage. Therefore, “ethics” becomes the preserve of the middle class and rich, who look down upon the poor for their spending habits. It is a vicious circle. Sad. (Not that I am critiquing the idea of buying locally, but I think that there need to be wider social changes beyond this).

View original reply
@AB Bride:  It’s really hard to find a full time job that pays a living wage! I don’t know what it’s like in the US, to be fair, but we are still deep in recession here. I had a 1st class BA and an MA with distinction (basically, the best you can get) and a few years back I found myself working behind a bar because it was the only job I could get. I applied for literally hundreds of grad jobs… no show. I am now almost 30, with a BA, MA, MPhil, ABD on a PhD, and a bunch of other qualifications including CAD, metalworking and blacksmithing (!) etc etc… and I have only ever had two jobs which paid more than minimum wage in my whole life. One was the army. The other is the PhD stipend I’m on now. If you worked it out as wages per hour… I’m still not sure it’s significantly over min wage!

View original reply
@peachacid:  The problem with living wages is that they tend to lead to increased inflation… people have more money, therefore companies charge more for goods…. and money is ultimately devalued. The solution is to compound living wage legislation with inflation controlling legislation. Countries which have done this successfully combine the minimum wage legislation with higher taxation for big businesses, and “super-taxes” on the rich. These taxes take varied and often amusing forms…

Post # 111
Member
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

View original reply
@Ettalie:  That’s exactly why I think it’s Rush Limbaugh in disguise. No facts, no sensible arguments, just a bunch of Fox News regurgitation.

Seriously, though… I remember seeing an interview of people in socialist countries in Europe. They were asked if they cared paying high taxes, and they looked at the reporter with a mixture of surprise and confusion. They said, “Why would we care about paying higher taxes? We are still doing well, and our money goes to help our fellow people.” It’s too bad that too many Americans don’t care about their “fellow people.” For nearly half of the country, it’s all “me, me, me; money, money, money.”

Post # 112
Member
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

View original reply
@PandasWifey:  re: moochers

Do you realize that the strongly Republican states get more in government money in comparison to their tax burden than strongly Democratic states. it’s actually the states with Democratic leadership and who vote Democratic who carry those darn mooching Republicans.

Post # 113
Member
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

View original reply
@Rachel631:  “The solution is to compound living wage legislation with inflation controlling legislation.”

Completely agree with you there.  It is true just increasing living expenses is not sufficient other aspects of public policy needs to be enacted to ensure that a living wage is truely a living wage and not downgraded once again with inflation.  In part free market principles help because at some point one company will realize that to undercut its competitor it will undercut their profits, even if lightly, to get more customers.  BUT there has to be good policies within the country to ensure that other principles/policies allow the fair distribution to occur as opposed to monopolies, subsidies, etc.  Also low interest rates do play a role in this as it will cause any increase in wages to be lost.

Post # 114
Member
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

View original reply
@PandasWifey:  my apologies, I didn’t realize there was a wedding bee rule that you weren’t supposed to respond to someone’s post if they weren’t actively online and able to respond.

Also, you do realize that there are plenty of super wealthy people in this country who are also democrats, don’t you?! 

The topic ‘Wealth distribution in the US’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors