Scenes from the class war

“I’ve worked in fast-food for 15 years, and I can’t even afford my own rent payments. We just want fairness and to be able to provide for our families. No one who works every day should be forced to be homeless.”

In 1968 we saw fit to pay our poorest workers $3.50 more an hour than we do today, and that says quite a bit about where we’ve gone in the last nearly half century.”

“Many people are asking whether the companies can afford to do this. But the more urgent question is, can the workers afford the status quo?

This is not the way to provide care in one of the fastest growing industries in the country.”

“Poor? Get a job. Work full-time but can’t make ends meet? Be grateful you have a job. Can’t get a better job? You’re being picky. Ah, the bounty of American insults for the less fortunate.”

“In context, ‘Human beings will adjust’ appears to be a remarkable euphemism for ‘We’re going to let poor, sick Americans die on the streets.'”

“What is interesting, however, is the assumption on the parts of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, all of whom praised Kutcher’s comments, that his remarks are indicative of a conservative political philosophy.”

“The benefit of tax deductions is almost four times higher for high-income earners than lower-income ones.”

Get rid of the deductions that don’t affect me.”

“A West Virginia woman says that she lost everything except two pieces of furniture and a mirror because a bank provided a wrong address to a repossession company while apparently trying to foreclose on a house.”

They screw up someone’s finances and shrug. On the other hand, if we missed a mortgage payment and shrugged, they’d laugh at us and foreclose.”

“Indictments for reality TV stars who accused of defrauding banks in order to obtain approximately $2.4 million in loans: 2. Indictments of bankers who falsified millions of loan documents, defrauded homeowners and investors, evaded local property sales taxes, and committed multiple other frauds large and small: 0.”

“The fund managers get fees, some of the fees get turned into campaign contributions, and everyone wins. Everyone, that is, except for taxpayers who ultimately need to make good on pension promises out of their own pockets if the funds’ investments don’t perform.”

“In fact, no one at any level of government knows how often serious chemical accidents occur each year in the United States. And there is no plan in place for federal agencies to gather more accurate information.”

Taking the word of a business whose main goal is to make money is a risky venture. ”

“Who isn’t in this room, and how does their absence limit our capacity to answer questions about poverty and violence?”

Closing the gender gap is part of the journey to end hunger.”


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