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The Wealth (In)Equality in America

Reality is often not what we think it is.

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by yak

submitted March 5th 2013

288 comments
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Jews rock!
5 years ago
lol - i was a gonna sub this, but then i thought - "hey, if u wait long enough, some silly hoser will do it for you"
5 years ago
i feel that way about most of what you submit
5 years ago
good point
5 years ago
except for the, everything
5 years ago
that comma couldn't rape a sorority girl passed out in a puddle of her own puke
5 years ago
at least i still have toaster
5 years ago
O_o
5 years ago
honestly - sodak has more than corn!
5 years ago
Isn't mining booming there right now? or is that North? I can't really remember. Friend of the family moved out that way about 10years back and is rolling in the dough now
5 years ago
* possum is sodak, oil is nodak *
5 years ago
Seems Obama was right all along.
5 years ago
Yea, he was right, his golf game needs work.
5 years ago
Poor people are poor mostly because they are lazy and they already get a shit load of government assistance,middle class works the hardest and pays the most taxes and the rich are fucking greedy but they're necessary...this video is liberal (communist) propaganda...suggesting "redistribution of wealth"


5 years ago
the poor are entitled to be lazy because there is no incentive to work. Imagine a poor person trying to be just middle class. They have to work out of the working class just to have the right to work as a hard as a middle class person- to recieve only a fraction of what the wealthiest percentile recieve. Incentive is the point.
5 years ago
is this the "serious" portion?

in that case, this is historically nothing new...the wealthiest have always had it this good, the only problem is that our current technological levels have surpassed the old economic paradigms.

consider the american civil war: the minie ball, which was a relatively minor improvement in firearm technology rendered the accepted paradigm of tactics obsolete in an instant...and we've come so much farther than that.
5 years ago
since that's just a shade oblique, let's elaborate slightly: because of the vast improvements in technology, that much more wealth exists. therefore, the disparity between the haves and have-nots is that much greater.
5 years ago
Soooo, you're saying shut up and deal with it cos it's been happening for ages?
5 years ago
nope, this is a new situation. we're at the point in the theory and practice of collective oligarchy where we have to decide if we're taking the 1984 route or making it a brave new world, because the technology currently exists to give us all the lives enjoyed by billionaires (minus the personal service, of course).
5 years ago
I agree with tr and that makes me feel so dirty :(

If you have food in your fridge, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you're richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in your bank account and some spare change lying around you're among the top 10%

Likewise, if you're watching this vid on mucho your life is far easier than someone of your social status had it 100 years ago. You know the tradition of putting an orange in the christmas stocking? That used be like fucking gold.

We have it far easier than people did a few hundred years ago, and are 1000x better off in a 1st world nation; rich or "poor." You have to be completely inept to starve in america (or Canada, or Britain, etc.) Hell if you're homeless and on the verge of frostbite go break the window of a cop car and you're taken care of far better than most.

Consider that graph as a worldwide distribution of wealth....
5 years ago
so because im not dead, all is well.
5 years ago
I'm just saying consider it relatively. I completely agree the distribution of wealth is fucked but it always has been, and we certainly aren't the generation to be bitching about it. Now go stuff your fat face. I just did.
5 years ago
* xzekiel sips Britta water *

Suck it Africa
5 years ago
I already am!
The thing about relative comparison is that we are still dirt poor compared to very few people, who harbour all of the wealth while others suffer. They got richer too so the discontent is no less, relatively.
5 years ago
But what commodities can they get with that wealth that the poor (in America) don't have access to?
5 years ago
the best commodity- Options.
5 years ago
the outrageous thing about the wealthy is they always want more
5 years ago
and they can accumulate more wealth with far less effort than the poor. Any idiot can invest their wealth to produce profit, if they have they initial finances.
5 years ago
it should be made law that its a criminal offence to want or need more money than you can ever have a use for.
5 years ago
lol @ zekes comment

we have it easier than people 100 years ago.

GREAT POINT FUCKING RETARD

everyone should feel blessed that they were born right now and not 100 years ago...................................

5 years ago
They should. They should also feel blessed that they were born in a rich country whether the wealth is evenly distributed or not. Go eat some carbs faggot and look for more videos about how life is so unfair.
5 years ago
poor zeke... maybe come up with a good argument buddy
5 years ago
where's yours?
5 years ago
'no problems at all we should be thankful we arent living in iraq'

5 years ago
i dont need one... youve basically proven whats wrong without me saying anything
if you think that everything is 'fine' right now and people should be just blindly 'thankful' because they are 'better off' than somewhere else you are a retard
5 years ago
so thats what its like to be brainwashed eh
5 years ago
at least you have duck dynasty.. unlike the people in africa
5 years ago
I was agreeing with tr that our technological advances have brought us to a point where everyone in a developed country can live as "billionaires." I extended that point by saying that we already have life much easier than past generations, as well as most of the world. Sure the inequality of wealth is unfair--the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, but collectively we're getting richer in America as a whole.
5 years ago
maybe you didnt watch the video
maybe neither of you did
5 years ago
lol @ yak FUCKING RETARD

YOU'RE NOT EVEN ARGUING ANYTHING FAGGOT
MAYBE YOU DIDN'T WATCH IT AT ALL MORON
LOLOLOLOLOLOL
5 years ago
'collectively' 'we' arent getting richer.. thats the issue
'collectively' the disparity of people being 'poor' to 'rich' is actually getting larger and larger... so much so that more and more 'not poor' people can barely even feed themselves... in a country with such 'technological advances' where that shouldnt ever be the case.. nor should it be the case in any part of the planet anymore
5 years ago
good one zeke
5 years ago
im right tho arent i? you didnt actually watch it.. i know tr didnt
5 years ago
so...you're saying that the point of the video is that.....in America.....the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? I didn't realize that. Did it go on to say that people don't realize how hard they're getting fucked by our system of capitalism? I wouldn't have guessed any of that.
5 years ago
the problem here is not that poor people cant feed themselves but more that where they can only afford the bare minimum they would rather have what more wealthy people can afford .... such as mobile phones and cars, shit like that.

i know people who have very little money and the first thing they want is a mobile phone.
5 years ago
if you're living in poverty, there's not much more poor you can get, so the poor cannot "get poorer". The rich can get infinitely richer though
5 years ago
Things could ALWAYS be worse, mako.
5 years ago
yeah, and they are getting that way. Regardless of how hard one strives to accomplish goals in life, there is increasingly less financial reward and incentive
5 years ago
mako thats not really true... if you are poor you can most definitely be worth less (poorer)... especially as the price of things goes up... which.. with inflation is how it is unfortunately....

why is the price of basically everything going up if technology is so good and manufacturing is so good?

i guess we get cheaper ...... cheap laptops?
5 years ago
yeah, but there is a limit to how poor you can get before you simply die. But the wealthy drive up prices for everything by being able to pay vastly disproportionate prices for things- to no loss by the seller, but to the unavailability of poor people.
5 years ago
so i dont get it mako... are you trying to argue both sides? :p
5 years ago
lol nope. I'm against the way the distribution of wealth affects and controls the economy to the detriment of the vast majority
5 years ago
yak are you bitching about the price of a laptop going up while calling me a fucking retard for saying at least we're not making them?
5 years ago
actually im not bitching about the price of a laptop going up tard... i said laptops are getting cheaper
5 years ago
you just basically proved what i was saying
5 years ago
do we know why laptops are getting cheaper ?
5 years ago

why is the price of basically everything going up if technology is so good and manufacturing is so good?
5 years ago
keep reading there little buddy
5 years ago
fries because computing power is exponentially getting faster

tho they still seem to find ways to make 3000$ laptops that are worth 300$ in a few years because of that fact...

tho like i said.. you can now get really cheap laptops if you dont want 'top of the line'

5 years ago
laptops are getting cheaper because to they can maintain profit by selling them to more people at a lower price, but for certain things, that are necessary to ones existence the rich can drive the prices up because people will still fork out lots of money just to eat and survive while the rich can comfortably pay the extortionate price
5 years ago
is it ?... ive no idea.....
5 years ago
i thought it was cos they were made in China where labour is cheap.
you cant make an item in England and sell it competitively when you have to pay your work force the minimum wage.
5 years ago
the rich will continue to rack in the wealth as they have the mentality of 'if someone going to make money from this , then its going to be me'
5 years ago
pretty much fries
5 years ago
i sell a lot of Chinese scooters (50 and 125cc) , they are the biggest piles of crap going.... but people still buy them as they are cheap transport.
They cost around £1000 and the nearest equivelent is nearer £3000. The good scooters are now getting rarer and its all Chinese now. No wonder they are become the wealthest nation
5 years ago
yeah and imagine if the everyone were wealthier to the point that they could afford domestically manufactured products. They would buy them because you would still get value for money on such luxuries. Therefor china wouldnt be raking it in. It's just another effect of the few being incredibly wealthy, and another reason to be concerned
5 years ago
Imagine if everyone was wealthier so they could buy everything they always wanted but in order to keep their jobs would have to work harder to produce more for everyone else that wanted the same things that they just so happened to be employed producing.
5 years ago
Sure there are haves and have nots, but you all have the mentality of 'haves' because you think for some reason your country is better than the others just like the corporate swine that you claim to hate.
5 years ago
imagine people not needing money and being able to live comfortably without needing to work unless you wanted to.. and you never had to worry about being taken care of so you could pursue any field of study you wanted
5 years ago
that would be pretty tit
5 years ago
Imagine a world where yak shares his perogies with everyone, everyone gets unlimited poutaine and mucho members get t-shirts...
5 years ago
its almost like muchotopia
5 years ago
Mmmm poutaine
5 years ago
On a side note, if you were to say "poutaine" instead of poutine in a resto you might get slapped
5 years ago
What the fuck is a poutaine? A poutine made with plantains?
5 years ago
hahahahaha
5 years ago
Putin sounds the same but means slut
5 years ago
do you mean puta or vladimir?
5 years ago
i hate mice elf for this in advance - but but i wonder what a graph of wealth would look like if you only included folks who actually work for a living? (like, have been employed for at least 5 years or so on a steady basis)

probably be almost as bad...just havent seen a chart or graph that takes that under consideration yet
5 years ago
I've been steadily employed for a lot of years and I'm still in their "pocket change" category XD
5 years ago
im really poor on paper...
5 years ago
maybe if you would stop murdering possums....
5 years ago
/yak creates graph
5 years ago
im wondering why you would want a graph like that and what exactly you think it would show?

i dont know what its like where you live possum, but in a lot of america there is double digit percent unemployment... its like that in a lot of canada as well (tho its more concentrated in specific cities here)... those people obviously shouldnt be part of the count right.. cuz.. well.. why should they right?
5 years ago
Because anyone who isn't employed in a long-term taxed position is just a lazy good-for-nothing scumbag freeloader... obviously.
5 years ago
30k
5 years ago
im the richest ever!
5 years ago
37 K
5 years ago
well done
5 years ago
and thats w/o OT
5 years ago
hehehehe
5 years ago
my 30k is when i deploy lol
5 years ago
y'all are funny.
5 years ago
and thats without taxes...+combat pay+separation pay+and something else
5 years ago
i should have learnt bout dem puters in hike school
5 years ago
Masturbation bonus?
5 years ago
Yeah hike school...
5 years ago
thats it....dont know how i forgot about that
5 years ago
i put my OT $ directly into my ungratefuldanesbritsanddarkies paypal account
5 years ago
I should keep better track of my tips
5 years ago
i dont get it
5 years ago
Heather I got a really nice tip for ya...
5 years ago
it better be in bill form.
5 years ago
I miss getting tips
5 years ago
smoothosportio
5 years ago
^my spanish anme
5 years ago
name even
5 years ago
Heather...I could keep you from ever having to worry about tips...or work for that matter.
5 years ago
is that so!
5 years ago
Damn straight.
5 years ago
youre supposed to say how much you make
5 years ago
I'm pretty high maintenance
5 years ago
She'll have to omuch wine and drain your bank account on a wild timmies spree! are you readyfor that?
5 years ago
I run a lot of trains...and can make all the OT I want.
5 years ago
protip - heather and toast work as a team
5 years ago
Well...we would have to have separate accounts.
5 years ago
lol
5 years ago
good skank bad skank
5 years ago
no skank is a good skank if she isn't bad
5 years ago
lmao @ poss
5 years ago
hag, skank, anything else possum?! jeez
5 years ago
toaster with the logic bomb
5 years ago
He calls me a slut quite often ... add that to the list
5 years ago
and i didnt watch the video, i take home like 40kish, so whatever that means
5 years ago
my misogyny quota is filled now, so no
5 years ago
cool
5 years ago
I LIKE BOOBS!
5 years ago
everyone likes boobs
5 years ago
Im an ass man myself...boobs I can take or leave.
5 years ago
ive seen some boobs i really dont like...
5 years ago
I dunno if you'll wanna keep me then Sporty...
5 years ago
heather, toaster - do you think vaginas, in general, are ugly?
5 years ago
no, i dont. just some of them
5 years ago
Why is that heather? Are you flat on the back side?
5 years ago
I'm with heather on this
5 years ago
All T, no A
5 years ago
this is just a respsonse to to BG's comment btw
5 years ago
Well as cute as you are I could live with that.
5 years ago
who doesnt like the vertical smile?
5 years ago
d'aww
5 years ago
if you see an ugly vagina though... its like a trainwreck.
5 years ago
^that
5 years ago
*my
5 years ago
my vagina aint handicapped
5 years ago
When is Jeopardy on?
5 years ago
Possum, I'd watch out, she'll cut your face
5 years ago
Steel, 7pm
5 years ago
*antiques roadshow
5 years ago
I fucking love antiques roadshow
5 years ago
i love jeopardy AND antiques roadshow
5 years ago
I love pussy...and beer
5 years ago
hey - the sodak episodes will air in march/april i think
5 years ago
I've not seen either in ages
5 years ago
hey poss, does the corn palace have a jukebox?
5 years ago
mmm corn
5 years ago
I watch jeopardy whenever im home to watch it.
5 years ago
I haven't seen it in ages but I play it a lot with the lil kiddos at 4H meetings
5 years ago
i almost went out to to Rapid City last year

i has lots of old stuff
5 years ago
You should have done it Poss. You've done blown it now though
5 years ago
my lawrence welk autograph book will die with me, i guess
5 years ago
Yeow
5 years ago
um - did i somehow get shoved into Chat?
5 years ago
* possum logs off *
5 years ago
I once had Walter Koenig's autograph. I threw it away on accident though.
5 years ago
rude.
5 years ago
It meant alot to me.
5 years ago
I have a signed Maurice Richard hockey card, but it's invaluable to me
5 years ago
Maurice John Vaughn is/was a highly underrated blues guitarist
5 years ago
dont tell toolman though, he'll accuse me of being a habs fan
5 years ago
Well I have a Calvin Peete autograph from his win at Kingsmill...chew on that.
5 years ago
you can all have my autograph at muchocon, dont worry
5 years ago
protip - i only pretended to like hockey, the better to stalk britt with
5 years ago
it's ok, I'll always have dik.
5 years ago
Yeah.
5 years ago
okay -

* possum wipes up with a Kleenex, and tries to disremember this thread *
5 years ago
nice knowin ya :(
5 years ago
Was that a happy kleenex or a sad kleenex?
5 years ago
* possum does not not respond to bad skank ploys *
5 years ago
So be it.
5 years ago
im the bad one?!
5 years ago
I love you heather...even though poss is mean...
5 years ago
thanks Sporty
5 years ago
god, what a maroon
5 years ago
lol
5 years ago
awww that means I'm the good skank!
5 years ago
yeah, wtf is that
5 years ago
sammich test - go!
5 years ago
I make better things than sammiches
5 years ago
Ya'll niggaz be trippin.
5 years ago
Yo.
5 years ago
oh ffs.
5 years ago
Just sayin'.
5 years ago
I think it's possibly just my halo shinning through
5 years ago
can't i just get toaster to make me a sammich instead?
5 years ago
I'll make everyone dinner and then clean the kitchen
5 years ago
jeebus
5 years ago
i love that idea
5 years ago
Can you make some mashed potatoes.
5 years ago
I'll do the bathroom and floors after breakfast
5 years ago
Nevermind.
5 years ago
for the record, I really dont think skanks cook and clean...
5 years ago
fuck, i really am the bad one, aren't i?
5 years ago
I love cooking and cleaning!
5 years ago
I also give massages :/
5 years ago
Happy endings, yeah I get it.
5 years ago
i can make a mean margarita?
5 years ago
I'm not allowed to make drinks any more because everyone ends up passed out on the floor :(
5 years ago
All you have to do is get me a beer from the fridge.
5 years ago
all i have is vodka
5 years ago
i can open beer too, yeah
5 years ago
get off my thread you turds
5 years ago
Very depressing how things really are.
5 years ago
Fuck you all I will take my last three dollars and my last40 quetzals else where.
5 years ago
And my half dollar!
5 years ago
* fries-please laughs and waves a £20 note in eatshitanddies face *
5 years ago
if we kill the 1% the world be a much better place
5 years ago
whos with me ?

* fries-please starts a revolution *
5 years ago
so, who is going to "administer" that 40%?
5 years ago
me and you buddy , me and you
5 years ago
unless you're in the 1% ....
5 years ago
Damn 1%'ers
5 years ago
fuck you America and your corporate greed
5 years ago
I'm pretty sure you guys invented that
5 years ago
we didnt invent eveything y'know....
5 years ago
Yeah, fries, you're living in the country that is the world leader in selling you overpriced shit. We are world renowned for our advertising.
5 years ago
You have to admit they make some good beer.
5 years ago
After signing a contract that gives him a $29 million bonus and $52 million guaranteed, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco celebrated like anyone would -- with a 10-piece McNuggets meal.
5 years ago
only 10 piece ?
5 years ago
he did get extra sauce
5 years ago
I bet he took a fat wad of free napkins and straws too
5 years ago
you don't get that option at the drive-thru without collusion.
5 years ago
that sort of collusion will cost you your job here in the UK
5 years ago
i guess it depends on what makodragon would consider a "fat wad" of "free" items.
5 years ago
here's something to consider...every paper napkin costs the individual consumer approximately 1 cent.
5 years ago
AS AN AMERICAN, I AM ENTITLED TO FREE NAPKINS WHEN I WANT THEM!1!
5 years ago
Well they factor in the cost of packaging, condiments and such into the price of your meal (as tr was saying) as well as overhead, labor, etc so by taking those 'extras' that you're entitled to or fucking with the staff is really just ultimately driving up your cost. Which you are entitled to, sure.
5 years ago
Unless you don't actually buy anything.Just go in and take the free stuff, that's what I do. Who cares if the napkins that I use at home have the golden arches on them? They were free :)
5 years ago
i was more getting at it from the individual consumer's cost as to it being a penny...buying napkins by the millions does greatly reduce the price.
5 years ago
erm, I'm pretty sure I was getting at what you were getting at tr. Nice muchokill
5 years ago
my point was that, if one were to want to help themselves to "free" napkins, it is much easier to go inside and order your item to go, request a larger than needed bag, and then fill it up with napkins.

the guy in the story went through the drive-thru.
5 years ago
only 10? how many can you fit in your ass? flacco only made it to 8
5 years ago
For a Canuck you seem to very interested in American politics.
5 years ago
newsflash.. we have a lot of american users
americans should be interested in american politics
also large countries politics and economies effect other countries economies
5 years ago
It's because USA is #1
5 years ago
*a number 2
5 years ago
USA, USA, USA....
5 years ago
Well hell, I'm personally glad Canadians are interested in American politics. Our country is so full of retarded sheep that know so little (or care so little) about politics, it's fucking ridiculous that we have to have people outside our country show us these things. -And don't even get me started about all the lying politicians... Both Republican and Democrat.
5 years ago
I dont get it.
5 years ago
And you probably never will.
5 years ago
The inequality is so massive it doesn't even fit on the graph!!!!

So make the fucking graph bigger asshole.
5 years ago
maybe a pie chart would have helped
5 years ago
You just want some pie
5 years ago
i dont get it
5 years ago
maybe if i'd have hit play it would have been better though...
5 years ago
after the fact, this was much better paused
5 years ago
you were much better before you cammented
5 years ago
commented
5 years ago
RIP cami =(
5 years ago
where do i sign up
5 years ago
(I'll do it) lol
5 years ago
you forgot the "paused!: at the end of your "lol"
5 years ago
So here's the question: How do you fix it? You can't tell me that taxing the shit out of them is going to do it. You can't tax your way into prosperity.

What needs to happen is make it possible (maybe even necessary) for the extremely wealthy to invest their wealth into the US economy. -Because as of right now, we've regulated all manufacturing industry right out of our country.

Do you really think these super-rich are using their money here in the USA? Nope. They are investing their money in places like China and South America, where they can actually make some money, instead of having to deal with massive regulatory headaches all goddamn day.
5 years ago
tl;dr
5 years ago
do you really think that the extremely rich in the usa give a flying fuck about the economy? or the usa? or anything? nope
5 years ago
You're absolutely right Yak, and that's my point! If they cared, the rich wouldn't have outsourced all those jobs to China and Mexico!

Rich people only care about making more money. Fact of the matter is you can make a helluva lot more money overseas than you can in the USA right now. That shit's gotta change.
5 years ago
cause sitting around worrying myself sick over things i cant control makes my life better. and dont even start with the "you can make a difference" bullshit. if voting had the power to make a difference the real people in power would have outlawed it a long time ago. you are all spinning your gears just to make yourselves feel better about your meaningless existence where i chose to ignore lifes problems and enjoy the moment while i have it
5 years ago
Lol @ Upton Sinclair. Jesus, stfu.
5 years ago
tl;dr and then writes a fucking novel.
5 years ago
I watched a documentary of a bunch of Nicaraguan kids and his family, forced to work in the mines, finding diamonds for a company that sells it overseas. I then made research into the negative effects of capitalism. though my knowledge of capitalism is limited, its a fucked up system. it affects us as the consumer and the person who makes pennies at a sweat shop, I can recall one story that a buddy of mine went all materialistic, buying that new Iphone 5 and among other things, he ended up with a debt, he lost his job and it makes it harder and harder for him to get anywhere in life, even attend school by the amount of debt he has.
5 years ago
But then again people are pretty stupid.
5 years ago
dont worry, noobs never get it. just keep stfuing ppl cause that is cruise control for cool
5 years ago
* JerkStore puts on cool guy shades *
5 years ago
Well, were fucked. At least it is a pretty illusion.
5 years ago
MERIKA, FUCK NO!
5 years ago
are you still in a dik meltdown?
5 years ago
ummm, I don't think so?
5 years ago
so, is that a yes or a no.
5 years ago
atm no, but of course that could change at any moment.
5 years ago
lol @ jrob.
5 years ago
Ha Ha Ha Ha!
5 years ago
Well put sir, Well put..
5 years ago
I'd rather live in this country than any other country, so I don't really give a fuck about this video. I'll be content with my career, and just accept that there are ridiculously rich people who's homes will be on some special on HGTV and I'll be like, omgosh, what a nice place!
5 years ago
Wow, that was informative.. Now,.. Anybody wanna buy a bridge?? I got a nice one in Brooklyn I been looking to sell..
5 years ago
Source?
5 years ago
http://www.youtube.com
5 years ago
recover password
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