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Class struggle There is a class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning. Warren Buffet © 2019
Congress If PRO is the opposite of CON is PROgress the opposite of CONgress? Billboard outside a liquor store on Church Street in Manhattan  September 7, 2019 © 2019
Dead-in-the-heads say I got it. I got it. Why don't we nuke them? They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they're moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can't we do that? Donald Trump © 2019
Death Mortality rates in recent years have been increasing for all whites, in contrast to decreases in the rest of the world. At the same time, it is worth noting that mortality rates for African Americans remain higher than for whites. Adverse economics is bad for health, regardless of race. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Economic growth An economy with a short-term horizon is an economy with a slow growth rate. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Higher education Admissions for us is not a matter of turning down students we'd like to admit. It's a matter of admitting students we'd like to turn down. Jon Boeckenstedt, Oregon State admissions director, on the common problem of having to admit low-performing students whose families can afford to pay full tuition © 2019
Higher education American colleges collectively now give more aid to each student with a family income over $100,000, on average, than they do to each student with a family income under $20,000. Paul Tough, New York Times Magazine, Sept. 15, 2019 © 2019
Income inequality The average CEO pay among the top 350 companies in 2017 was more than 300 times that of the average compensation of their workers, up from 20 times in 1965. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Inequality While there are forces – among them, changes in technoloogy and globalization – that are increasing inequality, the markedly different patterns across countries demonstrate that policies matter. Inequality is a choice. It is not inevitable. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Kwiplers say Enhance America's infrastructure (1) without privatizing it (2) without giving tax breaks and windfall profits to private investors (3) without issuing government bonds, which increases government debt and income inequality resulting from paying interest to bondholders by (1) contracting to build or improve assets of long-lasting public value, like roads, schools, parks, housing (2) printing money and paying for work as it's done © 2017
Making money the new-fashioned way Photographing others' photographs and selling them as new artistic works © 2019
Monopoly Competition Is For Losers Peter Thiel, Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2014 © 2019
Post-2018 Senate shituation 15 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2018 population: 40,056,961 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,335,232 people 1 state (California) 2018 population: 39,776,830 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,888,415 people 19,888,415 / 1,335,232 = 16, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth 16 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 6% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2018 population = 573,720, therefore: 1 Senator per 286,860 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's © 2016
Productivity [S]omething happened to the country after some time between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s: while before then, compensation increased in tandem with productivity, with say a 1 percent increase in productivity being followed by a 1 percent increase in pay, after that a yawning gap opened up, with pay going up by less than a fifth of the increase in productivity – which means a larger share is going to someone other than the workers. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Profits By one estimate, just twenty-eight firms in the S&P 500 contributed 50 percent of corporate profits in 2016, reflecting more concentration of market power today than in the past. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Resisters say We are better than that which we seem to be becoming. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Selfie  That minimum wage job saved our house – and more important, it saved our family. Elizabeth Warren, on her mother's first job, at Sears, after her father could no longer work due to a heart attack © 2019
State of the union Before economic reform there will have to be political reform. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
State of the union The nation is moving toward two societies, one white, one black – separate and unequal. The Kerner Report: The 1968 Report of the NationalAdvisory Commisson on Civil Disorders © 2019
State of the union So let me repeat: The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe. And it is not simply a moral claim I'm making here. There are practical consequences to rising inequality and reduced mobility. Barack Obama, 2013 © 2019
< Trumpists say There's no next election. This is it! There's no more time for us left! Rudy Giuliani, at the 2016 Republican National Convention © 2019
Trumpists say The Trumps will be a dynasty that will last for decades, propelling the Republican Party into a new party. One that will adapt to changing cultures. Brad Parscale, his 2020 campaign manager © 2019
Truth The issue for me is not to learn how to adjust to living in a world in which facts do not matter, but instead to stand up for the notion of truth and learn how to fight back. Lee McIntyre, Post-Truth © 2019
Veterans We salute our fallen heroes, and ignore them on our park benches. John Archibald © 2019
Wealth inequality America's wealth inequality is even greater than that of income — the top 1 percent has more than 40 percent of US wealth, almost twice the share of income. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019
Wealth inequality These two families' vast wealth (reportedly above $175 billion for the Waltons, and $120 billion for Charles and David Koch in 2018) is as large as the total wealth of a staggeringly large proportion of Americans—as of 2016, the most recent year for which a reliable comparison could be made, the Waltons and the Kochs held as much as the total wealth of the bottom 50 percent. Joseph Stiglitz, People, Power and Profits © 2019