The wealth inequality in America is not ideal. Duh.

Here’s a video that spells out the breadth of the problem with wealth inequality in the United States.  It makes a bad argument in part, relying on the opinion of non-experts to identify the ideal wealth distribution.  That aside, there’s obviously a problem and this video helps us to see just how far it stretches.

And with that, it’s time to start drinking.

This gets even worse when you realize that there are two groups that don’t really pay taxes in this country: the poor because we have compassion, and the wealthy because they have power.  With the poor, you can’t really get blood from a stone.  And why would you want their financial blood when they need to do things like, y’know, eat.

But the super wealthy?  They’ve got the cash to spend.  Take companies like Boeing, whose research is subsidized by tax-payers before Boeing reaps all the profits, with the taxpayers going out of pocket again to produce the planes and military tech resulting from that research.  Or take Continental Resources, whose CEO argued before Congress last year to complain about how a 3.2% effective income tax rate (which has dipped as low as .1%) was too much.

Letting those companies (and the people who siphon off exorbitant salaries and bonuses from them) get away with hardly paying any tax shifts the burden to the sole remaining bracket: the middle class.  This is not ideal nor is it fair.  We should all complain to our representatives.  I say “our” representatives as if they weren’t the 1% with the power or their bought and paid for lackeys.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Sam

    Armand of the Thieves Guild has asked me to recover the tax records and taxes collected by the Imperial Watch. They are being held by an over-zealous Captain called Hieronymus Lex in the South Watchtower.

  • Anonymous

    It’s an hour long, but this lecture by Robert Reich (secretary of labor under Clinton) is quite informative on the topic of income inequality.

  • baal

    The solution, of course, is to cut taxes. If only we allowed the top income earners to take home even more pay, the money would simply flow down hill (like water flows). With such huge piles, they can’t really keep it all to themselves can they?

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      You see, when enough money is in one place, a magical thing happens! Tiny wealth fairies are drawn to the pile. The bigger the pile, the more wealth fairies are drawn. When the wealth fairies travel to the enormous money pile, they occasionally drop little sprinkles of magic fairy dust on the peasants they fly over, which turns into money! Since the peasants didn’t earn this money by making a huge pile of their own money to draw their own wealth fairies, they should be taxed.

    • Stogoe

      To be serious for a second, though, these top earners and biggest companies are already sitting on gigantic mountains of cash, refusing to do anything with that money. If they used it to invest in their business or Dog forbid, hire more workers*, or even buying and constructing an island volcano lair, that would be one thing.

      But they’re hoarding it for the sake of having a pile of money, like a cabal of dragons. I’ve got a stout shield and a wicked axe, if Sam up there will check for traps along the way we’d only need a wizard and a cleric. Though, I don’t fancy our chances of finding either on an atheist blog.

      *The largest companies could easily afford to double their workforce, give everyone a raise, and still have mountains of cash left over. And better yet, their existing labor pool would no longer be forced to do the work of two people for the salary of one.

      • Nate Frein

        Pretty much. The top earners treat their bank accounts like penises in a dick-measuring contest.

        When you get right down to it, the U.S. government is subsidizing THEM with welfare. WalMart can afford to pay it’s workers below the poverty line because the CEOs know that welfare will pick up the slack and WalMart pockets the difference.

  • Loqi

    Blah blah job creators something something socialism. Why do you hate America?