odinsposse: A free market requires government regulation. Even Adam Smith knew that. The "free-market" advocated by politicians now is some robber baron ideal that has little to do with functional capitalism.
Pincy: The solution is to get all the money influence out of government so we can start rewriting the rules to benefit the vast majority instead of the super tiny elite minority.
RanDomino: how do you unbridle something which is already unbridled
StokeyBob: The only thing wrong with capitalism is the stealth back-door socialism that has sucked all of the wealth out of the capital capitalism needs to operate.For the last fifty years we've had some with the ability to fire up the fake money presses and print what ever amount it takes to dictate their will.Why are we acting mystified by the disparity? Is this just some sort of fark joke?
cchris_39: The baby boomers are retiring and have assets.The young people have high unemployment, underemployment and student loan debt.That explains the gap. It's far more age driven than anything else.
HeadLever: Yep, because the correct way to add private sector jobs and increase wages is through a combination of higher taxes and government fees, a higher stack of government regulations, government mandates and more paperwork.Don't know about you, but when I look around, I find it hard to take seriously the 'small business' pep talk that you hear from politicians these days. You say you want to encourage small business growth? None of them seem to vote like they talk.Republicans, small business needs a good foundation of education and infrastructure. Also, not all government spending is bad - get over it.Democrats, small business needs to be able to spend time making the business work, not dealing with stupid mandates and paperwork that takes away time and increases costs.
Slaves2Darkness: Pretty much every time we allow Republicans to muck with regulations or gain power over the regulators this happens and it is the primary reason why regulations are such a farking mess right now.
Slaves2Darkness: It's like some force or group of people have spent the last 40 years trying to discredit a economic policies that actually work for the poor and middle class in favor of some weird voodoo economic policies that only work for the rich. What kind of people who profess to love a man who fed the poor, healed the sick, told his followers to pay taxes and love everyone would do such a thing?Oh right Randian Republicans.
Gonz: Detach health care and employment.
DamnYankees: Asking Americans very vague questions about abstract ideas is dumb as hell.
RanDomino: GyrfalconLets go back to the way it was in about 1890. Free capitalism, lassaiz-faire government, zero regulations, freedom to contract, no labor unions, no nothing. No taxes to speak of, except property tax.I have no problem going back to the 1890s. That was the period in which unions won the 8-hour day through a massive campaign of strikes, and when the Populists gained momentum.
Mrbogey: Do you even know why Supply Side economics became popular?
Zeno-25: Monopoly and inequality are the end products of an unregulated competitive market system.
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