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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 10:57 PM
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Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap
Source: SF Chronicle

The state and federal governments are largely responsible for the widening gap between the rich and poor in the United States and should institute policy changes - including reforms to the tax code and more investment in education- to help reverse this 30-year trend, economists and researchers told state lawmakers Wednesday.

While many of the changes would need to take place at the federal level, professors from UC Berkeley and UC Davis said state leaders can play a role by instituting a more progressive tax system that asks wealthy individuals and successful corporations to pay more, and by investing in education and social services that help lower-income people succeed. Many of those public programs have been cut as California has faced budget deficits.

Speaking to the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, the academics laid out the staggering rise in income inequality that has occurred over the past three decades and said policymakers need to take more responsibility for the change.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/1...
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cstanleytech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:24 PM
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1. Long as the wealthy are legally allowed to bribe politicians and government workers
I do not sadly believe anything will really change soon that will address the problem for the long term especially considering how the republican tea party is fighting so hard for the wealthy.
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:16 PM
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5. Nothing will start to change until there are
tens of thousands of citizens in the streets in every state. Sitting behind our keyboards will not cut it. There should be at least 2-3 hundred thousand camped out on the Washington mall. The small numbers at OWS protest is not enough.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 05:32 PM
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8. "allowed to bribe government workers"?
where is the bribery of government workers happening where it is "allowed"?
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Bogart Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:39 PM
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2. Perhaps someone should let OWS in on this "secret."
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Evasporque Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 01:21 PM
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3. Why would the Republicans want to do that? This was the plan....they really meant trickle down...
Edited on Thu Dec-08-11 01:22 PM by Evasporque
the smallest of trickle...
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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 11:00 PM
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4. k&r for right action. n/t
-Laelth
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Lance_Boyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:17 PM
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6. states that seek to implement responsible changes in business taxation
will find themselves with no business as suck-ass "right-to-work" states like my own and the rest of the South bribe companies with tax breaks and ready populations of slavish labor.

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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 10:41 AM
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7. Serving the rich is what they do best.
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