Comments on: Obama and the 99 percent http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: petrengeneer http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2398 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:26:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2398 Think what you can do for your country, not what country can do for you. OWS just wants other people’s money, what a novel idea.

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By: abkisa http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2387 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:35:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2387 Wealth distribution is a major problem and it must be addressed. If the middle class continues to shrink we will have longer, tougher recessions than we have ever known, increased poverty and ever reducing social programs. The middle class spends money and that makes businesses grow, without middle class spending all else doesn’t matter. Obama understands the BIG picture and while many of us are critical he is right! Following old economic, low tax practices, will ruin our country!

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By: fiigtree1 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2386 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:33:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2386 If OWS were back 3,000 years ago, pilaite would be asking them by who’s authority do you heal and teach.

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By: GeorgeTirebiter http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2384 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 02:10:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2384 Always busy laughing at those who want to characterize OWS as wanting things for free. So easy to be a sycophant to a billionaire versus actually understanding anything at all. Most of the OWS supporters actually work for a living and do understand what it means to work for a living and struggle through life, while the negative commenters never worked a day in their lives.

Used to roughneck, dig ditches, cut trees, build roofs, do construction and real manual labor for a living, so I find the people calling OWS nothing but lazy merely the sycophants and lackeys of do-nothing layabouts who are greedy “don’t tax me ” hacks. Get up and work for a living and struggle for a change – then talk to me about who is just sitting around wanting something for nothing. Bet you’ve never struggled to get by in your spoiled life.

Seriously, you need to go take a long look in the mirror. Have you ever struggled to get by, or did mommy and daddy give you every thing you ever wanted? If so, we know you’ll wind up in a ditch when you can’t figure something out or when they’re gone. You’re not smart enough to survive on your own for long.

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By: eleno http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2383 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:00:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2383 Years ago in Zimbabwe I remember when Mugabe and the other were running for election Mugabe promised everyone a free chicken if they voted for him.

Obama is simply keeping up the fine tradition. Promising goodies that he will not be able to deliver on.

At least Zim (then) could have afforded to give everyone a chicken. Only a half-wit would have not been able to see that the US could not afford Obama’s promises. But hey, it worked.

Look for more promises from our Dear Leader.

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By: eleno http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2382 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:41:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2382 The only thing this article shows is your political leanings, hopes and suppositions. Why don’t you come out and say it: you secretly admire OWS (and I suspect despise the Tea Party).

And conflate the shiftless crowd, a few thousand at best in each city, into a movement that will help increase the taxes on the wealthy (now THAT is sexy to you hey).

I prefer to look at the facts. Here are some facts, not suppositions

• The top 1% of U.S. taxpayers pay 38% of all individual federal taxes. The top 10% pay 70% of all taxes, the top 25% pay 86%, and the top 50% pay 97%.

• That leaves the bottom 50% of all taxpayers paying only 3% of the total.

• About half of Americans pay no federal income tax, and almost 25% pay no federal taxes at all.

• The average federal income tax rate for the top 1% of Americans is 23% (and for the top half it’s 14%), while the average rate for the bottom half is 3%.

“. . . the effective federal tax rate, including payroll taxes, for the wealthiest 0.01 percent of earners fell to 31.5 percent in 2005, from 42.9 percent in 1979 [for a decline of 26.6%], according to data from the Congressional Budget Office. Over the same time, effective rates for taxpayers in the center of the range fell to 14.2 percent, a decrease of just 4 percentage points [or 22.0%].” (The New York Times, September 21, 2011)

The OWS will hardly be remembered in a year or two – even the Tea Party which was a far more formidable is now slowly fading.

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By: TheDagger http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2381 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:45:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2381 GLK,
How is that different from *any* politician? Pfft.

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By: GLK http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2379 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:53:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2379 Obama has proven that to get elected he will tell everyone what they want to hear. Then, once elected he will do whatever HE wants. Sadly, this will probably work again and we’ll have to endure 4 more years of Socialist law making and clever excuses as to why our lives aren’t getting any better.

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By: Marla http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2376 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:14:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2376 Oh please, who cares what Obama or any politician says. Obama, and the rest bend over backward to the banking industry. When one of them actually starts doing something, other than offering lip service to garner our votes, I’ll be interested.

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By: thenix http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/12/08/obama-and-the-99-percent/#comment-2375 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 07:03:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1418#comment-2375 “Time for Reuters to really cover this president and cut the fluff.”
Agree, but this is an expose compared to their coverage of BHO for the past few years.

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