See in my mind if you get rid of disparities in wealth, your essentially creating a flat society (communism anyone?) where nobody has opportunity.
No one said the disparities have to be completely removed just a fairer distribution system (real taxing based on real wealth for example). Communism has been tried and failed IMO.
In my opinion if you have the desire and means to create wealth for yourself, then you should have every right to. But you have to pay your fair share.
Exactly. Pay your fair share and play by the same rules as everyone else, but neither of those are happening right now.
If you don't think there is unfair or underhand dealings going on you are wearing a blindfold.
Look at stock buying and selling before 9/11 or before the BP (Gulf of Mexico) oil disaster. You will find that people in the know make money on events that are very very dubious.
Iraq. Lots of taxpayer money wasted? Yes, but not if you are an arms firm or a private security firm with a juicy contract because of the war. A war started based on lies and propaganda (no weapons of mass destruction found, none whatsoever).
Lifestyle shouldn't be a government policy. If a simple minimalistic society is what you want then find others who want the same and start one. If you want 15 cars and a mansion and the means to get them, whatever its not my position to tell you how to live your life.
Nor am I telling you how you should live. No one has the right to tell others how they should live. But if you look into it you might find the US government are taking away some of those very choices. Laws on seed producing crops for example, effectively prohibiting people from small scale subsistence farming and forcing them to buy seeds.
The whole point of this country is to have a minimalistic government where people are free to live how they choose. And here we are, stuck with retard republicans and dumbass democrats. Both of which are more concerned with trivial things than the big picture of what America should be.
If you think America has a minimalistic government or that people are truly free, I humbly suggest you take a closer look.
You have one of the most intrusive governments IMO. After 9/11 your human rights laws were destroyed in the name of "fighting terror". People can be legally detained and tortured for information if they are "suspected" of being involved in terrorist activities. "Suspected" basically means they don't need any evidence.
That is a violation of human rights hypocritically called "the patriot act".
I was born in the UK, live in Japan, but thanks to my Mum being a US citizen so am I. I lived in NY city for a year 15 years ago. I have relatives there too so I take an interest.
I have to say I am deeply saddened by the events over the last 15 years. Starting wars for BS reasons causing living hell for real people in other countries. What saddens me more is that many Americans see the main reasons against the war in Iraq as being economic.
Men, women and children have died and their lives ruined for no reason (including many young American soldiers).
Thats the real tragedy.
If you think America is free then ask yourself why there was an almost complete press black out of the wall street protests (for the first week or so).
Answer (IMO) , because some people would prefer these protests not to spread and be known because its against their interests.
If that seems strange to you then ask another question.
Why was the investigation into the BP oil disaster denied the power of subpoena?
Answer (IMO), because BP has enough influence over your house of representatives to get the subpoena blocked making the investigation powerless to find out what really happened.
Why did tower 7 (the third smaller tower that fell on 9/11) fall to the ground in a few seconds even though no plane hit it and only a tiny bit of smoke was seen from the upper floors?
Answer: draw your own conclusions but a building made from hundreds of solid steel girders cannot fall like that without days of planning and carefully planted explosives.
By the way you won't have seen the third tower falling on the news because the media never reported it (or hardly did anyway).
But Its there on youtube and other places.
All I want to say is that the picture of reality and what is happening, as portrayed by media and government is badly warped.
Thats because both of those entities are more or less controlled by the few at the top of the pyramid we call society.
They control and manipulate government and media to serve their purposes.
I quote "But you have to pay your fair share".
These people are most definitely not paying their fair share or playing by the rules set out in the constitution.