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Comment Re:How about if you don't like a service AVOID IT? (Score 1) 224

If Facebook wants to require real names, fine by me, I don't have to use the service...

There are companies that won't hire people who don't have facebook profiles (presumably in their own names).

Not saying it's a good thing, and it never caused me personally a problem, but I've got a very long CV to rely on and young people just starting out won't have that.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 231

You said "the middle class is shrinking", which is not supported by the facts.

Your references support the fact that there are a small number of rich people in the US getting richer is true.

However you will also find that CBO numbers show income for the middle quintile rising from $61,200 in 1979 to $76,600 in 2010 (in 2010 dollars).

"Since 2000, the middle class has been shrinking for a decidedly more alarming reason: Incomes have fallen."

"The study found that the percentage of middle class households (as defined above) has shrunk in all 50 states since 2000."

"Median household income fell for the fifth straight year in 2012, the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday, to $51,017. That was the lowest annual income, adjusted for inflation, since 1995."

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 231

That's not really a new system, it's just duct tape around some stuff that doesn't work quite right.

So what?

I never said it was new. I said that capitalism, of which you've learned the same catchphrases as I did obviously, is out of balance.

Your comments lack a bit of substance.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 231

But hey - free market is good and socialism is bad, right?

Mostly yeah. As much as capitalism sucks, and it does, everything else we've tried has been worse. I'm open to suggestions if you have a new alternative.

As my /. name suggests, I am for a balance between capitalism and socialism. The problems are (a) gaining that balance and (b) keeping it in the face of corruption and greed.

The US was headed in the right direction for a long time but now I feel that we are heading, very quickly, in the wrong direction altogether.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 231

And people wonder why rich are getting richer and the middle class is shrinking.

The facts don't agree with this statement.

I don't know what 'facts' you're referring to so please feel free to present something more substantial.

Here are some references supporting my statement:

"...economic inequality has worsened significantly in the United States and some other countries. The richest 1 percent in the United States now own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent."

"University of California, Berkeley research published in June showed America's richest 1 percent captured 55 percent of total real income growth between 1993 and 2014. "

"There is no dispute that income inequality has been on the rise in the United States for the past four decades. The share of total income earned by the top 1 percent of families was less than 10 percent in the late 1970s but now exceeds 20 percent as of the end of 2012."

"...with the share of total household wealth owned by the top 0.1 percent increasing to 22 percent in 2012 from 7 percent in the late 1970s"

Comment duh (Score 3, Insightful) 231

And people wonder why rich are getting richer and the middle class is shrinking.

But hey - free market is good and socialism is bad, right?

Sure - until you have to live on that socialist welfare because your capitalist company owners dumped your ass cause you cost too much.

Comment Re:good (Score 1) 164

In the long list of things that can and should make a country irrelevant, the cost of a phone plan is pretty much... not there.

Cost of communications, not to mention the related access to the Internet, enables productivity, informal education, access to employment, etc. so no, it is on that list.

Aside from this, the US is not impressing anyone with things that you might agree are important like infant mortality (34th globally), medical care per dollar spent (worst in the world), student debt (worst in the world), percentage of the population in prison (second highest in the world), percentage of the population with a university level degree (12th), etc., etc.


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