January 21, 2014 |
Whether it's because President Obama recently highlighted the issue or because most Americans are really feeling the pain, the debate over income inequality is now part of the mainstream kitchen-table debate. That's the conclusion to be drawn from a Gallup poll released Monday, on Martin Luther King Day. The survey finds that two-thirds of adults are somewhat or very dissatisfied with income and wealth distribution in the U.S. The poll was taken on Jan. 5-8, or about a month after the president's speech about economic inequality . The partisan breakdown is about what you'd expect.
October 12, 1997 |
On a snowy evening in late December 1905, as former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg opened the wooden gate to his comfortable lamp-lit home, an explosion shattered the air, demolishing the gate, splintering yards of boardwalk and tearing the governor's body apart. The blast could be heard for miles around, and the reverberations shook the nation.
March 12, 2013
Re "Banks may be too big to prosecute, U.S. says," March 8 If banks are too big to prosecute, it is time to break them up. Too big to prosecute is too big to exist. Larry Severson Fountain Valley ALSO: Letters: Two sides on Hugo Chavez Letters: Mental health and marijuana Letters: 'Class warfare' on the L.A. ballot
December 2, 2002
Robert Reich's "A Winning $700-Billion Balancing Act" made for chilling reading. It was the epitome of naked class warfare. Karl Marx would have been very proud. Reich makes the taking of much of what's left of one's lifetime efforts to distribute to others sound almost sensible. "From each according to his abilities; to each according to his needs." Sound familiar? Fortunately, we still live in a capitalist society, where we can work hard all our lives with some assurance that our children will inherit the fruits of our labors.
October 1, 2004 |
Republicans have insisted for years that the American people don't resent the rich, they admire them. Strangely, though, they have devoted enormous energy this year to informing the American people that John F. Kerry is rich. The Republican National Committee produced a game called Kerryopoly, in which a player earning $40,000 a year "can land on properties like Nantucket, worth $9.18 million, Beacon Hill, worth $6.9 million, or Idaho, worth $4.9 million."
September 24, 2000 |
With just over a week to go before the presidential debates begin, the unexpected has happened. The differences between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush haven't narrowed, they've grown wider. At issue is the future of egalitarianism in America. Can Gore convince voters that his defense of "working families"--or, as he now prefers to call them, "hard-working, middle-class families"--constitutes a new egalitarianism?
June 6, 2012 |
Ever controversial Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly has stirred up yet another little furor with his remarks about Justin Combs, son of rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs (a.k.a. Diddy). On his "O'Reilly Factor" show on Tuesday night, Bill reported the news that Combs the Younger had received a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football for UCLA. After complimenting the teen for his exceptional performance and for staying clean, he then took issue with Combs the Elder over the scholarship which, according to O'Reilly, was worth $54,000 a year to the Combs family.