Thoms comments about income ineauality in the USA are right on the mark. Since the slow but steady destructions of unions from Reagan forward was accelerated in the early 2000's until unions today do not have enough power to influence politics either on the federal or state level. As a result, laws have continued the eroding of the voice of the working class. Income disparity is a direct result of this planned intended destruction of unions. Despite some serious flaws that became too evident in unions, they were the only balance to big money and the welathy few.

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mdarrenu 1 year 11 weeks ago
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I would add that the the MSM never covers Union activities - except in rare cases . Where are the monthly reports from each state on Union Membership? Where is the democratic party or the republicans on the first amendment "right to assemble"? Where are the stiff fines for any type of union participation intimidation? A lot of service jobs are fine and less dangerous if they paid a decent wage. You don't have to bring back manufacturing - you just need people at fast food or retail to make $12 to $18 or more - Costco does it.

The Democratic leadership are so out of touch and the left wing offers solutions that are too impractical. The Democratic party should not be receiving money from Unions - they should be giving money to unions.

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mdarrenu 1 year 11 weeks ago
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I would add that the the MSM never covers Union activities - except in rare cases . Where are the monthly reports from each state on Union Membership? Where is the democratic party or the republicans on the first amendment "right to assemble"? Where are the stiff fines for any type of union participation intimidation? A lot of service jobs are fine and less dangerous if they paid a decent wage. You don't have to bring back manufacturing - you just need people at fast food or retail to make $12 to $18 or more - Costco does it.

The Democratic leadership are so out of touch and the left wing offers solutions that are too impractical. The Democratic party should not be receiving money from Unions - they should be giving money to unions. And they need to give up the gun issue. You could win back the western and other rural states.

It's called strategy.

be_logical_not_... 1 year 11 weeks ago
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2 interesting plots showing the rise of the wealthy, and the disparity between wages & productivity, and their start RIGHT when Reagan took office. And not much else changing it since:

figure A at:

http://www.epi.org/publication/understanding-the-historic-divergence-between-productivity-and-a-typical-workers-pay-why-it-matters-and-why-its-real/

and this plot:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/nov/13/us-wealth-inequality-top-01-worth-as-much-as-the-bottom-90

very obvious what trickle down really is.

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