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President Obama disputed the notion that income inequality and related problems affect mostly African Americans and Hispanics, saying these issues cut across socioeconomic lines. "The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race," and that gap is growing.Reducing inequality should help all Americans, "We need to dispel the myth that the goals of growing the economy and reducing inequality are necessarily in conflict. The trickle-down GOP ideology that reduced the power of unions, and led to tax cuts "for the wealthiest, while investments in things that make us all richer, like schools and infrastructure, were allowed to wither."USA Today
Significant systemic change is now a mathematical fact. Corruption, greed and economic inequality have reached a peak tipping point. Due to the consolidation of wealth, the majority of the population cannot generate enough income to keep up with the cost of living. In the present economy, under current government policy, 70% of the population is now sentenced to an impoverished existence. Producers Walter Davis and Nilsa Higgins go over this report for startling news that all Americans need to act on.
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"Here in the United States, our high level of income inequality corresponds with 883,914 unnecessary deaths each year." According to the CDC tobacco, including second hand smoke, causes approximately 480,000 deaths every year and in 2010 traffic accidents killed 33,687 people and 31,672 others died of gunshot wounds." High inequality results in more U.S. deaths than Tobacco, Car Crashes and Guns combined....truthdig.com
Democrats are also carefully choosing their rhetoric. Some have invoked the popular Pope Francis, who recently warned that income inequality will lead to “an economy of exclusion.” Some are citing economist Mark Zandi, former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona, who defends benefits for the long-term unemployed as a boost to economic growth.2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comment about the 47 percent of Americans who are “dependent on government” and “unwilling to take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” It reinforced his plutocrat image in the 2012 campaign, which Obama went on to win handily even in a bad economy. CS
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Does anyone really think Putin cares about sanctions from the Europeans or the empty threats from Obama? Obama wants the US to be like Russia where only the chosen few and “intelligentsia” to be able to do well economically. The new book by this Marxist “economist” that says that we should all be equal in income is just what Obama will promote. 80% tax and incomes over $500,000 and then we eliminate it. These European pinheads and their ilk here at Harvard and Yale have carped for years about the “really valuable” people not being “fairly paid”. In other words, the marketplace can’t determine how they get remunerated because the average person is too stupid to realize how really smart they are and how important whatever project they are doing is. They are every bit as greedy as anyone else…they just keep trying to convince you they’re not.
Guest Lorraine Chavez is an educator, policy analyst and economic justice advocate based in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013 she was the campaign spokesperson for the Fight for 15 campaign as it launched in Chicago and nationally. She is a doctoral candidate in the political science department at the University of Chicago, a National Academy of the Sciences and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, and a Diversifying Illinois Faculty Fellow.
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On April 26, 2006 at 9:05 a.m., everything shifted for Roy Tuscany. He was at Mammoth Mountain for his 2nd Coaches Retreat. On his first run of the day, he hit a jump he'd hit a 100 times before except -- this time -- he overshot it. The people who did the accident investigation told him he traveled over 130 feet and flew more than 30 feet in the air. It was not a good crash.
Roy suffered a burst fracture of his T-12 vertebrae and severed the artery in his right thumb. HeI was life-flighted to Reno and told he was an incomplete paraplegic. Someone said that being an incomplete is a lot like purgatory -- you're stuck somewhere in the middle between a wheelchair and moving easily on two feet.
Roy knew from the beginning he wanted to walk and ski again. He had health insurance, but just a few weeks before the accident, Roy turned down a chance for disability insurance. There were a lot of things that health insurance didn't attend to -- alternative medicine treatments, gym memberships, acupuncture, rent, food, adaptive sports equipment and the insurance deductible.
Roy decided in the hosptial he would start a fund to protect other risk-taking winter athletes who wound up on the wrong side of crashes. The name for the fund -- the High Fives Foundation -- came from his early hospital experience. Doctors and therapists would come into his room and hide behind their clipboards. It was as if they didn't want to interact with him. So, he made them give him a high five. Hand to hand, skin to skin, forced them to connect. It also made them friends from the get-go.
If there were one way to sum up how Roy lives his my life and what the foundation is doing, it would be this. He's breaking the boundaries of purgatory.
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