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Champions of the rich continue to insist that talk of “inequality” is just envy. Why aren’t we working on policies that benefit everyone?
For one thing, it’s difficult to come up with policies that benefit the 99 percent but aren’t going to affect the 1 percent. As the past two or three decades have shown, slashing taxes and regulations on corporations and the rich ain’t gonna cut it.
And of course, the 1 percent’s definition of policies that both reduce inequality and benefit everyone is a little skewed. Like slashing food stamps instead of farm subsidies.
And Eric Schmidt is still better than many: more conservative rich people would quite happily gut the safety net and insist poor people deserve to suffer (more examples here).
Contrary to conservative myth, public charity didn’t take care of all poor Americans before the New Deal. Government programs have been present in America from the first, especially if you include (as the article does) things like the right to create Limited Liability Companies (which give investors protection from liability without having to set up a corporation) to generate investment for local economies.
•A McDonald’s franchise operator must pay a half-a-million for wage theft.
•Distillers battle over how to define Tennessee whiskey.
•Slacktivist predicts (as the blog has previously) that soon right-wing evangelicals will not only hold up anti-birth control as a tenet of the faith, they’ll insist that it’s always been an issue, even though it hasn’t. The same thing, as the post notes, happened with abortion which wasn’t a big issue for most Protestants when Roe vs. Wade went through.
•If you’ve heard conflicting reports about a big federal database tracking license plates, here’s the short version: the government’s not building a database, but that’s because police and Homeland Security are relying on pre-existing private companies building up the data.

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