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 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Adam S   (Member)

That tells you wear political power is in our country when massive income redistribution from the poor to the rich can take place over decades with virtually no protest about "class warfare", despite being the predictable results of the dominance of wealth in elections. The term "class warfare" is of course reserved for those instances when people in a democracy have the crazy idea of enacting policies that may in some pathetic, meager way do something to push back.

The idea that there isn't class in the United States is so laughable that I decided to read the rest of Justin's tantrums as entertainment rather than with annoyance. Apparently Jim Carrey overcoming financial difficulty in Canada before making a career for himself in Canada and then moving his career to the United States disproves decades of sociological research about the lack of class mobility in the United States. This is good stuff.

Makes me think of this NYTimes article where several people who I have no respect for on the right display a better understanding of American society,

"Benjamin Franklin did it. Henry Ford did it. And American life is built on the faith that others can do it, too: rise from humble origins to economic heights. “Movin’ on up,” George Jefferson-style, is not only a sitcom song but a civil religion.

But many researchers have reached a conclusion that turns conventional wisdom on its head: Americans enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe. The mobility gap has been widely discussed in academic circles, but a sour season of mass unemployment and street protests has moved the discussion toward center stage.

Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a Republican candidate for president, warned this fall that movement “up into the middle income is actually greater, the mobility in Europe, than it is in America.” National Review, a conservative thought leader, wrote that “most Western European and English-speaking nations have higher rates of mobility.” Even Representative Paul D. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who argues that overall mobility remains high, recently wrote that “mobility from the very bottom up” is “where the United States lags behind.”


- Adam

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