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    One American value that always seems to show up when talking about these things is equality. So why is it that America is still so unequal? I’m not talking about racial inequality, or gender inequality, but a

    America's problem with wealth

    One American value that always seems to show up when talking about these things is equality. So why is it that America is still so unequal? I’m not talking about racial inequality, or gender inequality, but about wealth inequality....

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    • Maxim, this was a very interesting post and I think you raised a lot of good questions. I liked the way you backed up everything you said with research because it really helped you get your point across. I particularly like the research that said that “the top 10% owned 76% of the wealth, while the bottom 50% held only 1% of the wealth.” I think you would enjoy the book “Aftershock” by Robert Reich, or the documentary “Inequality for All.”

    • Hi Max, great post. I agree that these are some great ideas by the Senator, but I think the issue will become that that money will come from increased taxes. This should work, in theory, as the wealthy could take the brunt of the tax hit leaving the less well-off with more federal subsidies than they paid in taxes. The problem is, as we have seen time and time again with the rich, is that they are able to pay for these successful lobbying efforts, crafty accountants, and corrupt politicians than others, so they are left with startlingly low taxes. Just look at Trump’s recent Federal tax filing scandal as leaked by the New York Times, he paid less than many middle-class families in Taxes, even though he lives a much more lavish lifestyle.

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    Everyone has different ideas about what American values are. Everyone has different opinions on whether or not we are living up to those values. However, most Americans would agree on certain similar values.

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    My views on American values

    Everyone has different ideas about what American values are. Everyone has different opinions on whether or not we are living up to those values. However, most Americans would agree on certain similar values. One American value is equality. “We hold...

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    • I agree with your point that we value freedom, equality and opportunity. I strongly agree that opportunity is the biggest part of America. Lot of people come to the United States to achieve their American Dream. I like your article overall and there’s some good ideas.

    • Hi Maxim,
      I like how straight to the point you were about American values. You clearly stated equality, freedom, and opportunity and had evidence to back it up. However, I would like to see you work more on your claim. I feel like your claim was a little too broad especially when you want freedom, equality and opportunity to be the main points in your writing. I suggest adding another sentence to your claim, ” However, most Americans would agree on certain similar values,” It would add a stronger introduction to your values.
      Overall, great effort!

    • I like how you used the word melting pot to describe American being diverse and accepting different cultures. I also thought it was interesting how you brought up an old history fact which is unique instead of just talking about equality!

  • David, this is a very thought-provoking question. If everything did happen for a reason, then the universe would be predetermined from the start. This would raise other questions, like if we have free will or not. With philosophical questions like this one, there likely will never be a definitive answer, but it is definitely interesting to see…Read More

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