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Inequality Constitutional Amendment

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  • Conservative
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    Pew Research recently found that Americans, like Europeans, consider Inequality our “Top Global Threat”.
    I believe that given our political structure the only way to defeat Inequality is with a Constitutional Amendment. Perhaps something as simple as “The wealth and income of the nation shall be distributed widely”. Clearly stated but undefined like other Bill of Rights concepts like freedom of speech, right to keep and bear arms, right to due process, etc., this amendment would generate wide debate clarifying the type of society we choose to live in and the role of government in it.
    As a goal, defeating Inequality is virtually impossible to argue against. Positions arguing against Inequality focus on the problems with the methods used to combat the problem while the goal itself remains valid. This is and would be a very healthy and spirited debate and one which America needs to have.
  • Center Left
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    As long as Money equals Power, it will never happen. Nice thought but no chance at all. Kind of like unicorns.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    pencove Wrote: Pew Research recently found that Americans, like Europeans, consider Inequality our “Top Global Threat”.
    I believe that given our political structure the only way to defeat Inequality is with a Constitutional Amendment. Perhaps something as simple as “The wealth and income of the nation shall be distributed widely”. Clearly stated but undefined like other Bill of Rights concepts like freedom of speech, right to keep and bear arms, right to due process, etc., this amendment would generate wide debate clarifying the type of society we choose to live in and the role of government in it.
    As a goal, defeating Inequality is virtually impossible to argue against. Positions arguing against Inequality focus on the problems with the methods used to combat the problem while the goal itself remains valid. This is and would be a very healthy and spirited debate and one which America needs to have.
    Pencove -- I agree with Pew Research that Inequality is a Top Global Threat...that and Climate Change. However, I would disagree with your idea of a Constitutional Amendment. That would never get approved. To start changing the trends towards increasing inequality we do need a Constitutional Amendment to take the money out of politics. That will be hard as well, but I believe many corporations are also getting tired of candidates hitting them up for money.

    We also need to prop up public education, especially for those at the bottom of the income ladder. Inequality is driven by the lack of equal opportunity for those on the bottom of the ladder.

    Also we need to change the tax code to place less of a tax burden on the middle class and more on the wealthy...and close those loopholes that allow corporations to ship jobs overseas.

    And we need a jobs program that emphasizes rebuilding our infrastructure. We have the people and we have the money. We just need to get Republicans from blocking jobs programs out of spite for Obama.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote:
    pencove Wrote: Pew Research recently found that Americans, like Europeans, consider Inequality our “Top Global Threat”.
    I believe that given our political structure the only way to defeat Inequality is with a Constitutional Amendment. Perhaps something as simple as “The wealth and income of the nation shall be distributed widely”. Clearly stated but undefined like other Bill of Rights concepts like freedom of speech, right to keep and bear arms, right to due process, etc., this amendment would generate wide debate clarifying the type of society we choose to live in and the role of government in it.
    As a goal, defeating Inequality is virtually impossible to argue against. Positions arguing against Inequality focus on the problems with the methods used to combat the problem while the goal itself remains valid. This is and would be a very healthy and spirited debate and one which America needs to have.
    Pencove -- I agree with Pew Research that Inequality is a Top Global Threat...that and Climate Change. However, I would disagree with your idea of a Constitutional Amendment. That would never get approved. To start changing the trends towards increasing inequality we do need a Constitutional Amendment to take the money out of politics. That will be hard as well, but I believe many corporations are also getting tired of candidates hitting them up for money.

    We also need to prop up public education, especially for those at the bottom of the income ladder. Inequality is driven by the lack of equal opportunity for those on the bottom of the ladder.

    Also we need to change the tax code to place less of a tax burden on the middle class and more on the wealthy...and close those loopholes that allow corporations to ship jobs overseas.

    And we need a jobs program that emphasizes rebuilding our infrastructure. We have the people and we have the money. We just need to get Republicans from blocking jobs programs out of spite for Obama.
    "Schmidt" I fully agree with you; but impossible!!!!
    Try to get the "money" out of elections; it will never happen ; since we elected "crooks" they will make sure that stays in place, so they can in turn give favors to the one's who gave the donations.
    Also there will never be term limits; the same "crooks" will make sure that they sit there while they are senile 90 year olds.
    Then the in-equality; this will get only worse because the 1% rules, not us the "dumb" voters; ask "Eternal" about the "Koch" brothers.
    Money for infrastructure? No that will all be gone to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other wasteful programs.
    Loop holes? Sorry these get only bigger and more refined now the GOP has gained; yes we've got a moth eaten flag, so be proud of it!!