@Haroush Hey dumb@ss, the rich got rich from the increase of productivity over the years while not increasing the workers pay. Even if you ignore what i just said... What would Jesus do? Do i have to read out some scriptures for you to get it through you thick skulls. You people aren't "real Christians." F_ck Republicans/conservatives.
Whether it was through conquest, robbery of land and resources, the use of slave labor, pillaging and looting, many of today's wealthy nations owe their fantastic rise to very immoral actions. Welcome to life on Earth.
I'm very liberal on most topics, but this one makes me consider myself independent. Why should we tax people who worked their butts off to achieve a high salary? Why take away their hard work from them? Why award it to someone who does not even try? America is suppost to be fair - and the liberal side on this issue is NOT fair...
@sara_ann_dee Like Donald trump? While during the Vietnam war he road around in his daddy's limo with over a million bucks he didn't earn himself. He wen't clubbing and parting for years on end. The today's 1% are mostly rich from inheritance.
@Reece: Donald Trump has the right to do what he wants with his money. Nobody says that it is a requirement to do good deeds with it - that is completely his decision to make. Even if most wealthy people are wealthy from inheritance, so what? The person/s they inherited it from had to work to gain that salary - they did something to earn it. Why can't the government, instead of increasing our debt, give money to people who actually NEED it, and not take it away from the people who EARNED it?
@reece Most of the upper class consists of "New Money" (people who were not born into wealth). Only 19% of the upper class is "Old Money". And the Upper class amounts to 6% of the US population. But many news sources and even the top 0.1% don't call them upper class because they don't think their "Rich Enough", even though they are still categorized as rich.
@reece Based off the graph you provided, the gap started appearing in the 70's. Since then we have gone back and forth between economic ideologies several times. So it is safe to say neither are helping right now.
@sara_ann_dee when the money and wealth is distributed. The more distribution, the more competition/opportunities there are and thus better products to sell to other nations which equals more money for the country.
@reece That is not entirely correct. Civilizations prosper thanks too a lot of variables. Trade being first and foremost. Distribution of wealth on the other hand has a very small impact on the nation as a whole. The US is currently wealthier than ever yet you yourself provided a graph showing the existence of a wealth gap.
I have not read all the posts, but had to stop at "the people that worked their buts off". Preposterous. People making 200k per year are working, and earning. We don't care one bit about them. People making 2m are NOT working 10x as hard, or 10x as smart. People making 1b per year are robbing and hording.
The problem is if you overly tax those creating all of the jobs who do you think will get the brunt end of the stick? For example, I have been working for this company for over a year developing new skills being able to do most of what a tech can do. So you'd think I'd be promoted to the apprentice position for the tech title. Nope. All they did was give me a 23 cent raise despite I had a great annual overview of my job performance. So, if you are asking why did I say this it is because I've overheard those senior leaders of my company complaining about all the new taxes coming from this administration and how these taxes are making progress in their company sluggish as if progress was non-existent.