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How can we lessen the disparity between the rich and the poor in America?

According to the Pew Research Center, the top 7 percent of all U.S. households own 63 percent of all the wealth in the country. On average, households in the top 7 percent have 24 times as much wealth as households in the bottom 93 percent.
Statistics like these show the massive disparity between the rich and poor in America. I feel the need to do something about this, but I'm not sure what i can do to make changes. Any ideas?

Update: Ive got three good stories to include in my letter thus far. Theres ten days left before this conversation gets closed. I'd like to get two or three more statements before i write up this letter to be sent to senators/congressman. I probably wont write the letter until I go on christmas break. Please, anyone who may be interested in receiving a copy of this letter to send to their own senators and congressman should send me an email. My email address is meseckaj20@uww.edu


Closing Statement from Alex Meseck

As is clear to me after all this, making these changes in the distribution of wealth will not be easy. But being the optimist I am, I think we can make this change happen if we work together. I am in the process of writting the letter, anyone interested in recieving a copy should email me at meseckaj20@uww.edu and thanks for the variety of ideas.

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    Get off your butts and earn it.

    Read what happened in Argentina when this occurred .. first they took the money from the rich, and then, from the middle class and then there was none for anyone. Time to wake up and stop drinking the socialist/communist/Marx/Obama Koolade. This distaracts you from the real problems that we are having. But then again the blame game has worked for the last six years.

    If this is such a great idea why have all the democratic millionaire members of not given up their wealth .... why has Obama the main preacher of this idea not surrendered his millions ... and yet he talked you in to the idea ...

    Maybe you should also look at what percentage of the federal income comes from the rich ...

    This system worked so well in Cuba, Russia, etc ... What happy party places those are ...

    Do the research and then ask the question one more time .....
    • Dec 5 2013: I am not drinking from the "Obama Koolade", this is something that i have long believed has been a problem threatening to undermine the country. And im not working for obama, Im just a college student who grew a conscience before you did. And honstely, I'm getting really fed up with this idea that all poor people are just lazy and need to work harder and somehow this will solve the problem. Ill admit this is true for some poor people, but a lot of them work hard, sometimes working two or three jobs to support a family. The cycle of poverty holds them back from making big advances in society. Im not proposing to follow in Chinas footsteps, but the underprivaledged deserve the rights of the upperclass. Afterall, aren't we all granted theright to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness. Well, the poor dont get that right. They live a subpar life, working to fight for the liberty they were never given, and hoping one day to come to a point in the future when they can worry about happiness rather than just worrying about surviving. I get the feeling that your pretty well off and have never been around people who face this issue. But its time time to come to grips wth the reality that others are suffering and they deserve better.
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        Dec 6 2013: Alex, You jump to so many conclusions that we should make this an Olympic event and star you. I do not see that we taken away any ones rights to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. Please show me the clause that says that any one has had these rights taken away. I was raised in an orphanage and graduated high school and was sent into the world with two changes of clothes. I did the only thing I could for survival .. joined the military. I took all of the courses I could in the service and retired. I finished school working three jobs. I was hired as a engineer at General Dynamics ... retired. I worked for the state of Arizona .. retired. I am a certified law enforcement officer ... and I could go on but it would not impress you. Conscience ... you haven't got a clue. Come to grips with reality ... I have done that on the battle field and on the streets.

        You get fed up all you want ... I fought for your right to get fed up ... I protect your rights on the streets.

        I was born in the slums and now own a house. My parents and sisters cannot read or write ... I have a college education ... I help them and my whole family. You just keep on jumping conclusions and making judgement about things you know nothing about to people who lived them.

        I have been there ... done that ... own the T-shirt ... and earned the right to say "Get off your butts and earn it". I did.

        Alex, I am not mad at you just very disappointed that you are buying into the argument with so little experience ... I urge you to keep a open mind. After you graduate you will see that text books and lectures are not the total sum of any argument. Don't lose your passion ... just be willing to grow and learn. Did you read about Argentina circa 1916 and the parallel to the USA? It may interest you.

        In spite of our differences I still will always wish you well. Bob.
        • Dec 6 2013: Thank your for your service to this country, and thank you for your kind words. Its nice to have a civilized discussion rather than the usual brutal debate.

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