Summarized by one of the study’s authors:
As you can see from the figure, participants rather badly estimated the current state of wealth disparity! Furthermore, they offered an ideal wealth distribution (under a “veil of ignorance”) that was even more different (and more equal) relative to the current state of affairs.
What this tells me is that Americans don’t understand the extent of disparity in the US, and that they (we) desire a more equitable society. It is also interesting to note that the differences between people who make more money and less money, republicans and democrats, men and women — were relatively small in magnitude, and that in general people who fall into these different categories seem to agree about the ideal wealth distribution under the veil of ignorance.
In reality, the top 20% own about 85% of the wealth. Most people guessed it was between 55%-60% — way off. And they thought the ideal number should be about 35%, a figure much lower than their 55%-60% guess, and far, far lower than the factual number of 85%.
I suppose most of the ultra-wealthy in this country are heartened to learn of these results, that the average American believes income distribution is more equally distributed than it actually is. It’s difficult to fuel class warfare when most of classes don’t have a clue as to what’s reality versus fiction. Ignorance is bliss, and who better to keep “catapulting the propaganda” than the likes of the GOP, Fox News, corporate special interests, etc.
Until most Americans get their heads out of their arses, this disequilibrium will continue to widen.
President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue.
“On this, my last day as director, I welcome the news that the broader inquiries are behind us,” said a statement from CIA Director Leon Panetta, who will take over as defense secretary on Friday. “We are now finally about to close this chapter of our agency’s history” . . . . At CIA headquarters on Thursday, Holder’s announcement was greeted with relief. . . .
Couple of other comments…
The video shows these guys walking on dry land over and over but the very last shot at the end of the video makes it obvious that the water has now reached the main building.
meanwhile, The fire is pretty much uncontained and literally at the gates of Los Alamos…but not much about it on most the msm front page.
I tried to disccuss Fukishima and Ft. Calhoun with some people the other day, asking them what they thought…. and they looked at me like I was asking them if they ever had anal sex. Mum’s the word. It’s private. Between the elements and the corporatists. Sshhhh.
“What we don’t know won’t hurt them.”~The Consul
The Arlington Police Department is in the first part of its experiment in using unmanned aircraft to assist in law enforcement.
The department has been testing and evaluating two battery-operated, remote-controlled aircraft over a small, restricted airspace near Lake Arlington Dam, away from populated areas.
The aircraft are flown only for daylight operations and within a small, restricted airspace. The aircraft have to remain within the pilot’s line of sight and fly 400 feet above the ground level.
Pilots obtain the same license as a commercial aircraft pilot.
Arlington hopes to demonstrate the aircraft’s potential law enforcement uses. All flight data is recorded and sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for evaluation.
“All of the U.S. and the FAA is depending on our testing and experiment, our experimentation to create a model for law enforcement usage of these vehicles,” Police Chief Theron Bowman said.
I think the number of recent hacks and the amount of news coverage on these attacks is suspicious. Could they be false flag events to help the government regulate the Internet?
But, hey, why worry? Our lawmakers and politicians care about YOU.
Oh? Then why is a major news agency reporting it, then? Anyone else smell, <*)))>< ?
But by all means, listen to the experts…
How’s your democrazy going?