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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

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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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    Dec 5 2013: Well it is a lot simpler than you might think. Stop giving all your money to the rich. That's how they got it in the first place.
    There is a small book "The Richest Man in Babylon" which explains how to build wealth. (a must have for anyone interested in becoming wealthy)

    Listen to the audio book for free on Youtube here:
    http://youtu.be/kg0j3CK6Gh4
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      Dec 5 2013: We need a national discussion about what a maximum wage/income should be along with conversation about minimum wage/income. What if no one could earn more than 100K or be taxed at a rate of 150%? What if no one could earn less than 40K? What if the golden rule was applied to economics?

      One result is that the negative impacts of over consumption in all areas would be moderated with many benefits including a reduction of all the factors that impact global warming. Certainly the rich add far more carbon and other impacts than the poor. Recently I heard an average American contributes 22 tons of carbon per year while much of the rest of the world per capita carbon is about 2 tons.

      The earth can no longer afford the rich and poverty is the worse form of violence so here's a solution that addresses both... Who's 'on board'?
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        Dec 5 2013: Craig I believe everywhere education is being applied, things are improving. I also believe the root cause of violence started at the exact moment we started cooking the nutrients out of food. In other words a long long time ago. The problem is the fuel (food) most of us eat today is low octane and most of it actually poisons us, so the body and brains natural reaction is to filter out those poisons. However over an extended period of time of not just worthless food but actual poisonous food we start to break down both body and brain. When the brain starts breaking down it reacts with violence just like any engine does that is not getting the proper fuel. I also believe if our body and brain were healthy we could fix the other problems.
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          Dec 5 2013: Keith,

          I don't think you understood a word I wrote. Certainly your comments doesn't address anything I said. Perhaps you really wanted to start a new thread?
      • Dec 5 2013: Craig, i really like the ideas you put forward here. I dont know how far down this thread you you read but i said that i wanted to compile multiple statements into a letter that i and anyone else on this thread could send to senators and congressmen in their home state. If its okay with you, id like to use your post in this letter. All i would need from you is the state you live in, i had planned on putting first name and state of residence of person who wrote comment. Please let me know if this is okay with you, and thanks for some new ideas.
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          Dec 5 2013: Sure Alex - I'm in Oregon

          I'm not exactly serious about the income ranges I stated, but I thought that since it's so out of control (meaning highest paid is too many factors above lowest paid) that I would use a similar level of absurdity in my example.
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        Dec 7 2013: "What if no one could earn more than 100K or be taxed at a rate of 150%? What if no one could earn less than 40K?"
        Craig I prefer to stay in the realm of possible (baby steps)
        What you are proposing seems a little radical to me aside from the fact that the people it would affect control the laws and enforcement. What do you think will happen to the value of a dollar after this idea is enacted? And after the dollar is more worthless than it is now, what happens to all those dollars you saved all your life for including your retirement? And now that your retirement is only worth 1/5 of what is was before.. how are you going to pay the rent?
        I hope you have a wheel barrow because you will have to fill it just to get a loaf of bread.
        You may want to think this through to it's conclusion before you jump off this cliff.
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          Dec 7 2013: Keith,
          Frankly I'm far more concerned with what we are collectively leaving our kids than how any of this will affect us older generation. We collectively have used up the vast majority of the earths resources in 3 generations. To not see the inter-generational suicide that we are passing to them is beyond selfish. Even the Pope sees it now and has spoken up. There is a huge crash or adjustment coming and I prefer to see if we can do it with consciousness and compassion for our kids.
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        Dec 7 2013: Well Craig as you probably know I am addressing that problem by making the solution real simple to understand but even harder to implement. "If you break it, you fix it"
        That is as simple as it gets and it seems so reasonable except mankind is not reasonable. We all do bad things and then act like the three monkeys with hands on our eyes, ears and mouth.
      • Dec 8 2013: I made this statement in question a couple days ago but wanted to let people know the plan:
        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
    • Dec 6 2013: That's about the best way I've ever seen it put--stop giving your money to the rich. Will take creativity to do, of course.
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        Dec 6 2013: As Einstein said "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler"

        We complain about the laws and then vote for more lawyers.
        We complain about no jobs and then shop at Walmart.
        We look for life on desolate Mars and destroy it here on this beautiful Earth.
        We complain about pollution and then go to work polluting all the way there, all during working hours and then all the way back home.
        We complain about our freedoms being taken away and do nothing to keep them.
        We complain about violence in the world and then teach it in our schools.
        We don't understand why America is hated when America rapes and pillages every weak country on earth with our corporations.

        Thinking like we do, It's a damn miracle we have lasted this long

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