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On Winner-Take-All Politics

MOYERS & COMPANY
Air Date: January 13, 2012

Bill Moyers explores how America’s vast inequality didn’t just happen, it’s been politically engineered.

How Washington made the rich richer at the expense of the middle class. Bill talks with Winner-Take-All Politics authors Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson and comments on the value of Occupy Wall Street.

More Bill Moyers videos here »

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America Wakes Up to the Reality: Inequality Matters

January 17, 2012
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
.  .  .  we now have the largest number of long-term unemployed people in the United States since records were first kept in 1948 – four million report they’ve been unemployed for more than a year. Not necessarily counting the former CEO’s gently floating to earth from those golden parachutes.
So no, Mitt Romney, when we say that Americans are waking up to the reality that inequality matters, we’re not guilty of “envy” or “class warfare,” as you claimed to Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today. Nor are we talking about everybody earning the same amount of money – that’s the straw man apologists for inequality raise whenever anyone tries to get serious.
We’re talking what it takes to live a decent life. If you get sick without health coverage, inequality matters.  If you’re the only breadwinner and out of work, inequality matters.  If your local public library closes down and you can’t afford books on your own, inequality matters.  If budget cuts mean your child has to pay to play on the school basketball team, sing in the chorus or march in the band, inequality matters. If you lose your job as you’re about to retire, inequality matters.  If the financial system collapses and knocks the props from beneath your pension, inequality matters.

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AP/Don Ryan

America Wakes Up to the Reality: Inequality Matters

So no, Mitt Romney, when we say that Americans are waking up to the reality that inequality matters, we’re not guilty of “envy” or “class warfare,” as you claimed to Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today. Nor are we talking about everybody earning the same amount of money – that’s the straw man apologists for inequality raise whenever anyone tries to get serious.

We’re talking what it takes to live a decent life. If you get sick without health coverage, inequality matters.  If you’re the only breadwinner and out of work, inequality matters.  If your local public library closes down and you can’t afford books on your own, inequality matters.  If budget cuts mean your child has to pay to play on the school basketball team, sing in the chorus or march in the band, inequality matters. If you lose your job as you’re about to retire, inequality matters.  If the financial system collapses and knocks the props from beneath your pension, inequality matters.

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OWS story on ‘Moyers & Company’ — 1/15/12

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From Bill Moyers’ new show: ‘Moyers & Company’, originally aired 1/15/12. 

Go to ‘Occupy Wall Street News and Videos’ here: http://paper.li/f-1319837259 — a daily paper to keep up with and support OWS movement!; 

and visit my Youtube channel — ‘Munderlarkst’ — for more OWS-related videos…

Please feel free to share any news or videos to spread the word and information. That’s what it’s there for! Thanks! -Munderlarks

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thepeoplesrecord:

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. - Bertrand Russell

thepeoplesrecord:

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. 

- Bertrand Russell

(Source: thepeoplesrecord)

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