More socially liberal, America's new rich are wielding power but may foil income equality

  • Article by: HOPE YEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 5:40 PM

WASHINGTON — Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding extensive influence over America's economy and politics, according to new survey data.

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redkayakDec. 9, 13 6:17 AM

Another tactic to increase taxes. Call people rich. Call people wealthy. This justifies taking 75% of their earnings. Tax their houses. Tax their cars. Tax the money they earn that they then spend on their health care or their kids's college. This administration wants to make sure we are all equal. Take money away from people who have sacrificed to put themselves through college and work 60 hours per week for 40 years and give it to people who don't.

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john287Dec. 9, 13 7:00 AM

I buy a few organic groceries. Now I see that they're for the wealthy, not the healthy. I've been buying above my economic class. I guess I'll have to stop.

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RankenFyleDec. 9, 13 7:06 AM

Tax for infrastructure, health and education. That's where everyone deserves equal access.

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fursideDec. 9, 13 7:31 AM

WOW She cited one person in Renton and no other sources or anything about the meaning of "temporarily wealthy". This does not square with the reality of those who have seen their value in the work place diminished or eliminated over the past 12 years. The ACA provisions should allow more people to retire without the fear of no affordable health insurance and that may drive affluence up by more younger and displaced older workers to find good paying jobs. Also a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour would have the benefit of lowering our political battles over welfare, snap and other programs and actually allow the working poor to manage a doable plan for their future independence. Time is well past to believe that trickle down was a good thing and build a better more secure freer society.

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mobydick1Dec. 9, 13 7:36 AM

People have always been self-interested. Time and again I read about people railing against the ACLU and their anti-Christian views. Yet,the same people deny some of the very basic tenets of Christianity. They would let the lame hobble, and the poor starve. What hypocracy!

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mark3914Dec. 9, 13 7:39 AM

So, how many of these "new rich" went to public schools, at taxpayer expense? To public universities, subsidized by taxpayers? Do their businesses maybe depend upon workers who also have been educated at -you guessed it - public schools? How many have parents and relatives on Medicare, medicaid, social security? Do they depend upon our vast military, police forces, border patrols, etc., to protect them and their families? Do they use our publicly financed roads to deliver goods? Did they become wealthy solely via their individual efforts and excess intelligence? Really? REALLY? Oh, but wait! Their Emilio Pucci and Cartier stores are more important than providing the current young generation with the benefits they themselves used to get ahead. Yes, they will vote Republican! Greed is Good, after all.

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firefight41Dec. 9, 13 7:50 AM

The ACA provisions should allow more people to retire without the fear of no affordable health insurance. ********** There will not be "affordable health insurance" with obamacare.

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firefight41Dec. 9, 13 7:52 AM

People have always been self-interested. Time and again I read about people railing against the ACLU and their anti-Christian views. Yet,the same people deny some of the very basic tenets of Christianity. They would let the lame hobble, and the poor starve. ************* A true Christian would heal the lame, and feed the poor with 5 loaves and 2 fish.

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naseth12Dec. 9, 13 8:09 AM

firefight41 - A true Christian would do no such thing, but Christ might.

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masterson1Dec. 9, 13 8:16 AM

"They're wary of any government role in closing the income gap." Sounds like these temporary 2%ers are intelligent people. They worked hard for their money-- they should keep it to do with as they wish.

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