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  • R H
  • Chicago, IL
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Is there such a thing as 'Economic Discrimination'?

In society many forms of 'discrimination' have been outlawed. What has (seemingly) evolved as a result is greater economic distinction, whereas the gap between the 'have's' and the 'have-not's' has become increasingly prevalent. 'Good' neighborhoods, excellent schools, advanced city services, medical treatment availability, adequate police and fire service, are all (again, seemingly) decided by affordability. Those who are 'high' on the economic scale can access those services. Those who are not cannot. Is this a form of discrimination?


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  • May 6 2013: Of course people without wealth distrust the wealthy.
    We have a society built upon a system of commerce
    favoring wealthy participants within that system.

    Congress beget Corporations and bestowed upon
    their leadership and our Politicians Limited Liability
    for certain actions. Actions that without Limited Liability
    protections could result in penalties that include loss
    of freedom and assets.
    The wealthy of this nation can be traced to commerce, and
    most specifically Corporate commerce.

    An interesting side-note: Russia's Putin recently nationalized
    their largest oil company, combined it with another, and now
    has the world's largest oil company. To do it, he put the
    original owner (the richest Russian) into prison.
    "and vise-versa?" NAW, The wealthy have no time to care.
    The Wealthy, and Politicians, are Onions, with many layers
    between themselves and those of lessor means.
    Yes middle income people hold that wealthy people
    are more clever and ruthless, because they have
    wealth. And, yes they think the poor are lazy and
    shiftless because they are poor.

    There is a class society among the poor also.

    ps: I really liked the lazy and shiftless part.
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      R H 30+

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      May 7 2013: Very interesting description of this 'theory' of Economic Discrimination. I have yet to see such an eloquent description from someone who feels there is no such thing as ED. Someone who feels that the system is 'fair and equitable' to all, where everyone has the same access to opportunity that the 'free market' provides, that we all view our 'brother and sister' citizens as equal participants in the society, and that it's 'choices' that determine their level of economic status that so many representative leadership, and politically active and involved people propose. Still waiting...
      • May 7 2013: WoW !!!
        I just got up this morning prepared to handicap a horse race.
        And you laid this out.
        You are right !!!
        I am waiting, as I am sure you are, for that absent Politician.
        We need Citizens in our government who have an agenda exactly like you describe.

        Leaders/Citizens who ferret out Economic Discrimination, and expose Perpetrators publicly.

        Leaders/Citizens who "name corruption" when Perpetrators propose new law, or changes in old law, that result in favoritism.

        Leaders/Citizens/Protectors who feel that their "Elected Responsibility" is to apprehend those with "unfair and inequitable access" to opportunity that the "free market" provides.

        Dotting the "I" and crossing the "T", is not enough.
        Were I of the opinion that the NAACP was without corruption,
        I would suggest they crank up their own Political Party.

        R H, Still waiting...
        I fear you may wait a long time...

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