Class wars

CEO-To-Worker Pay Ratio Ballooned 1,000 Percent Since 1950

How the Billionaires Class Is Destroying Democracy

The Empathy Ceiling: The Rich Are Different — And Not In a Good Way

Engineered Inequality – Jacob Hacker & Paul Pier­son on Engi­neered Inequal­ity, Moy­ers & Com­pany,  March 1, 2012…Instead of shared pros­per­ity our polit­i­cal sys­tem has now pro­duced a winner-take-all economy…This gross inequal­ity didn’t just hap­pen. It was made to hap­pen. It was polit­i­cally engi­neered by pow­er­ful play­ers in Wash­ing­ton and on Wall Street…. the opti­mistic mes­sage is that pol­i­tics got us into this mess and there­fore poten­tially pol­i­tics can get us out of it. ..:

Plutocrats Feeling Persecuted By PAUL KRUGMAN,  New York Times, September 26, 2013

Billionaire Koch Brothers Spending Millions To Deny Health Coverage To Low-Income Americans

Billionaires Against Social Security

The Koch Brothers’ “Samson Option”

Let’s Get This Class War Started

Rich People Just Care Less

The People Who Break the Rules Have Raked in Huge Profits and Wealth and It’s Sickening Our Politics

Have They No Shame?

Are We Being Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks?

Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business

America’s Sell Out Intellectuals and the Perks They Get

The Biggest “Takers” and Societal Parasites Are the Rich, Not the Working Class and Poor

Are We Being Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks? What New Studies Reveals About the Ultra Wealthy

CATO Institute Report Says Poor Americans Have It Too Good by Joshua Holland, BillMoyers.com August 21, 2013

Why Elites Want to Mask the Suffering of Poor Whites by Chauncey DeVega, Daily Kos, August 1, 2013  


Redistributing wealth upward by Harold Meyerson, Washington Post, September 25, 2012 – Which is the more redis­tri­b­u­tion­ist of our two par­ties? In recent decades, as Repub­li­cans have devoted them­selves with laser-like inten­sity to redis­trib­ut­ing America’s wealth and income upward, the evi­dence sug­gests the answer is the GOP. The most obvi­ous way that Repub­li­cans have robbed from the mid­dle to give to the rich has been the changes they wrought in the tax code — reduc­ing income taxes for the wealthy in the Rea­gan and George W. Bush tax cuts, and cut­ting the tax rate on cap­i­tal gains to less than half the rate on the top income of upper-middle-class employees…The less widely under­stood way that Repub­li­cans have helped redis­trib­ute wealth to the already wealthy is by chang­ing the rules…Indeed, the United State­s has expe­ri­enced an upward redis­tri­b­u­tion so pro­found that it affects far more than incomes. Whole sec­tors of the econ­omy and regions of the coun­try have been dec­i­mated by these eco­nomic changes. The descent in all man­ner of social indexes is most appar­ent among poorly edu­cated whites… Many Democ­rats have been com­plicit in this calamity by their indif­fer­ence to the con­se­quences of dereg­u­la­tion and trade. But the tro­phy for pro­mot­ing the poli­cies that have redis­trib­uted wealth, fam­ily sta­bil­ity and longevity upward goes to the Repub­li­cans, whose standard-bearers are cham­pi­oning even more rad­i­cal ver­sions of these policies today…

CEOs average $12.3 million in 2012, 354 times the average worker by Laura ClawsonFollow for Daily Kos Labor, Apr 15, 2013 – The AFL-CIO is out with its Executive Paywatch. Here’s how some of the numbers break down: 1) In 2012, CEOs of S&P 500 Index companies averaged $12.3 million in total compensation, while rank-and-file worker wages averaged $34,645, for a ratio of 354 to one. 2) In Germany, the CEO-to-worker pay ratio is a relatively modest 147 to one. Workers make more—$40,223—and CEOs make less—$5,912,781. In Canada, it’s 206 to one. In Sweden, Australia, Japan, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and other countries, the ratio is below 100 to one. The comparisons with other nations and with our own past are a powerful reminder that how things are in this country right now is not how things have to be to have a healthy economy. The growing inequality in the United States that goes beyond a few CEOs isn’t good for our economy or our politics. But when you consider that 354 to one ratio, you understand the power that’s lined up against changing things for the better.

The Empathy Ceiling: The Rich Are Different — And Not In a Good Way by Brian Alexander, MSNBC, August 10, 2011 Studies Suggest The ‘Haves’ show less empathy than ‘Have-nots’ …the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish…the philosophical battle over economics, taxes, debt ceilings and defaults that are now roiling the stock market is partly rooted in an upper class “ideology of self-interest.”… There is one interesting piece of evidence showing that many rich people may not be selfish as much as willfully clueless, and therefore unable to make the cognitive link between need and resources. Last year, research at Duke and Harvard universities showed that regardless of political affiliation or income, Americans tended to think wealth distribution ought to be more equal. The problem? Rich people wrongly believed it already was.

How the Billionaires Class Is Destroying Democracy By Thom Hart­mann and Sam Sacks, 19 Jan­u­ary 2013  Op-Ed, Truth-out.org…It’s not the pow­er­less who cor­rupt democ­ra­cies… it’s the pow­er­ful who cor­rupt democ­ra­cies. And money is the source of that power…America’s fis­cal prob­lems are a direct result of the Bil­lion­aire Class work­ing behind the scenes of our democ­racy and syphon­ing off mas­sive amounts of wealth for them­selves while pay­ing lower taxes than they’ve paid in a half-century…

How Inbred Elites Are Tearing America Apart by David Daley, Salon, June 26, 2013 – Chris Hayes’ “Twilight of the Elites” … is a story about inequality and myths: the myth of the meritocracy and the reality of the very uneven society that allows those…As Hayes writes: “Along with all the other rising inequalities we’ve become so familiar with — in income, in wealth, in access to politicians — we confront now a fundamental inequality of accountability… we cannot have a just society that applies the principle of accountability to the powerless and the principle of forgiveness to the powerful. This is the America in which we currently reside.”…we can no longer assume basic competence from those who at least appear to have risen on the merits of intelligence…That kind of institutional rot seems to me one of the most important stories of the day – the problems facing us are so serious and so large, and yet we seem completely unequipped to deal with them forthrightly and seriously – whether in Congress, in the media, in academia… full text

New Report Reveals Relationship Between Rapid Growth of the Financial Sector and the Weak Real Economy

Life Among the Plutocrats — What Unimaginable Wealth Does to a Person  

Wall Street Manipulates Deficit Angst with ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Fear

 Class Wars of 2012 

‘Fix the Debt’: How 1%ers Build a Mass Movement for Millionaires 

Wall Street CEOs are the ‘Faces of Class Warfare’ 

CEO Council Demands Cuts To Poor, Elderly While Reaping Billions In Government Contracts, Tax Breaks

Life, Death and Deficits

‘Born on Third Base’: How the Wealthy Inherit the Earth, Common Dreams, September 19, 2012

Why Inequality Is Bad for the One Percent

Why Let the Rich Hoard All the Toys?

The Rich Get Even Richer By Steven Rat­tner, New York Times, March 25, 2012

Expos­ing the Repub­li­cans’ 3-Part Strat­egy to Tear the Mid­dle Class Apart — Let’s Stop Them in Wis­con­sin By Robert Reich, RobertReich.org, Feb­ru­ary 20, 2011

6 Ways the Rich Are Waging a Class War Against the American People By Joshua Holland, AlterNet, September 25, 2011

Socialism? The Rich Are Winning the US Class War: Facts Show Rich Getting Richer, Everyone Else Poorer by Bill Quigley, CommonDreams.org, October 25, 2010

The Richest 1% Have Captured America’s Wealth — What’s It Going to Take to Get It Back? By David DeGraw, Amped Status, February 17, 2010

Americans Don’t Realize Just How Badly We’re Getting Screwed by the Top 0.1 Percent Hoarding the Country’s Wealth By David DeGraw, Amped Status

Bitter Tales from the Massive White Underclass in Joe Bageant’s “Redneck” Memoir, AlterNet.org, September 20, 2010

The Economic Elite Have Engineered an Extraordinary Coup, Threatening the Very Existence of the Middle Class, By David DeGraw, Alternet.org, February 15, 2010

Redistributing Wealth To The Rich. The Progress Report, by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Satyam Khanna, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ali Frick, and Ryan Powers, October 24, 2008,

A Crisis from the Top: The Unwisdom of Elites by Paul Krugman, New York Times, May 9, 2011

Poll Conducted for Aspen Ideas Festival Shows ‘American Dream’ Unreachable for Most Americans, US Newswire | July 6, 2006 – …a new survey conducted by Dr. Douglas E. Schoen finds that a majority of Americans say they are not living the American Dream…Some of the key findings of the survey are as follows:– While 81 percent agree that America is the land of opportunity, the idea is not something that is being realized, it is simply an abstract concept. — Today, 61 percent of Americans say they are not living the American Dream.

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