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http://brechtforum.org/bloomberg-poll-americans-want-government-jobs-and-progressive-taxation

Bloomberg Poll: Americans Want Government Jobs and Progressive Taxation

from Bloomberg.com, 12/10/2009

by Mike Dorning and Catherine Dodge

Americans want their government to create jobs through spending on public works, investments in alternative energy or skills training for the jobless.

They also want the deficit to come down. And most are ready to hand the bill to the wealthy.

A Bloomberg National Poll conducted Dec. 3-7 shows two-thirds of Americans favor taxing the rich to reduce the deficit.

Even though almost 9 of 10 respondents also say they believe the middle class will have to make financial sacrifices to achieve that goal, only a little more than one-fourth support an increase in taxes on the middle class. Fewer still back cuts in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare or a new national consumption tax.

These long-standing contradictions in voters’ attitudes toward taxes, spending and the deficit are intensified as the U.S. grapples with the most severe economic crisis in decades, says J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey. The rich have become an especially inviting target as the combination of a bank bailout and big bonuses stoke resentments, she says.

“People are hurting,” Selzer says. “They want anything that can help and not hurt them more.”

“It’s hard enough just to get by,” says poll respondent Trevor Wofsey, 32, a postal carrier in Big Pine Key, Florida. “We’re being cut at every level: There are less hours at work and they want us to pay more into medical. Food is up, gas is up.”

Obama Jobs Initiative

The findings are in tune with the job-promotion initiatives President Barack Obama announced Dec. 8, as well as the administration’s assurances it will address the deficit, and proposals from some Democratic lawmakers to raise taxes on the wealthy..

http://books.google.com/books?id=tbZBZ1HjCUEC&pg=PA28&dq=charles+stanley+ralph+reed&hl=en&ei=kKgqTeGTOcWclgeMp-XtAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=charles%20stanley%20ralph%20reed&f=false

Tempting faith: an inside story of political seduction - Page 28

J. David Kuo - 2006 - 283 pages - Preview

Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, ... That student was Ralph Reed, who sat in the meeting wondering why he was there. Earlier in the year Reed had drafted a plan, ... The evangelical leaders signed on and Reed was recruited. ...

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100703/influential-pastor-warns-americans-of-socialism-departure-from-god/

Influential Pastor Warns of Socialism, Departure from God |...

Christian Post - Jul 3, 2010

America currently stands in a very dangerous position, said renowned pastor and author Dr. Charles Stanley. Today more than ever, the country is turning away from God and moving closer toward socialism, he warned. And the consequences will be grave....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n23nmz0-7Z0

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-08-22-robertson-_x.htm

Posted 8/22/2005 11:01 PM Updated 8/23/2005 1:46 PM

Pat Robertson calls for assassination of Hugo Chavez

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism." ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8249181/Deepening-crisis-traps-Americas-have-nots.html

Deepening crisis traps America's have-nots

Monday 10 January 2011

...The Gini Coefficient used to measure income inequality has risen from the mid-30s to 46.8 over the last quarter century, touching the same extremes reached in the Roaring Twenties just before the Slump. It has also been ratcheting up in Britain and Europe....

The Christo-Republicans in the U.S. will look you in the eye and tell you that

politics has no role in reversing the wealth concentration trend!

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35766.htm

February 25, 2010 Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs [Flag of Venezuela]

...There is considerable income inequality. The Gini coefficient was 0.41 in the first half of 2009. According to government statistics, the percentages of poor and extremely poor among Venezuelan households were 26.4% and 6.9%, respectively, in the first half of 2009.

http://web.archive.org/web/20080708234050/www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35766.htm

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

June 2008 Background Note: Venezuela

..There is considerable income inequality. The Gini coefficient was 0.42 during 2007. According to government statistics, the percentages of poor and extremely poor among Venezuelan population were 27.5% and 7.6%, respectively, for the first half of 2007.

Although economic growth has been impressive, as a result of the oil windfall, many in the Venezuelan business community remain very concerned about President Chavez' vision for "21st Century Socialism" and what it portends for the private sector. ...

http://web.archive.org/web/20080604015404/www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35766.htm

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

October 2007 Background Note: Venezuela

...There is considerable income inequality. The Gini coefficient was 0.45 during 2006. According to government statistics, the percentages of poor and extremely poor among Venezuelan population were 33.9% and 23.2%, respectively, in 2006. These high ratios are due primarily to lower real wages earned by employees, and high rates of un- and underemployment...

http://web.archive.org/web/20070109215630/www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35766.htm

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

November 2006 Background Note: Venezuela

...There is considerable income inequality. The Gini coefficient was 0.514 during 2005. According to private sources, the percentages of poor and extremely poor among Venezuelan population were 67% and 35%, respectively, in 2005. These high ratios are due primarily to lower real wages earned by employees, and high rates of un- and underemployment...

http://web.archive.org/web/20060104061341/www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35766.htm

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

November 2005 Background Note: Venezuela

...There is considerable income inequality. The Gini coefficient was 0.618 during 2003. According to private sources, the percentages of poor and extremely poor among Venezuelan population were 74.6% and 39.3%, respectively, in 2003. These high ratios are due primarily to lower real wages earned by employees, and high rates of un- and underemployment....

http://web.archive.org/web/20050105004312/www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35766.htm

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

November 2004 Background Note: Venezuela

...There is considerable income inequality. According to official sources, the percentage of poor and extremely poor among Venezuelan population increased from 39.4% in 1995 to 48.1% in 2002. This increase has been due primarily to lower real wages earned by employees and increased unemployment...

http://web.archive.org/web/20030212135429/www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1859.htm

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

April 2001 Background Note: Venezuela

...The government is hopeful that the economic reforms established in the new constitution would help stimulate the economy in 2001. The government is drafting new legislation concerning the conduct of the Central Bank, social security, land distribution, social security, and pensions. These laws are designed to meet the high level of expectations of the Venezuelan people who have faced declining real income for much of the last two decades. Although most Venezuelans still have a higher standard of living than their Andean neighbors, there is considerable income inequality. By Venezuelan standards ($700/month for a family of five), almost 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. The government faces a difficult task in meeting these expectations in a reasonable amount of time....

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