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If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\ne.. If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\nf.. If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\ng.. If an 80-year-old woman can be strip-searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\nh.. If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\ni.. If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is \u201ccute,\u201d but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\nj.. If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug-infested \u201chomes\u201d\u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\nk.. If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. \n\nl.. If the government\u2019s plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of Unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied for but can\u2019t find work \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.\n\nm.. If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iPhones, TVs and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. \n\nn.. If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more \u201csafe\u201d according to the government \u2026 you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots (who surround themselves with guns).","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T18:34:41+0000","like_count":6,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2004515","from":{"id":"100000377334997","name":"Jack Johnson"},"message":"OK Mel, now do one for the same groups and the taxes they pay. Do it the same way: perceived and reality. Then do another one on the ones that create companies and jobs........","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-09T16:41:31+0000","like_count":6,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2002673","from":{"id":"100000219467883","name":"Deborah Rowe"},"message":"I wouldn't believe anything coming out of Harvard. One man is not poor because another man is rich. Wealth is earned and only earned where there is opportunity and liberty to be the best you can be.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-09T00:37:01+0000","like_count":6,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2002601","message":"Is wealth CREATED or is wealth TAKEN?\n\nThis video seems to believe it is TAKEN. I fundamentally disagree. Wealth is CREATED. There are MORE than enough resources around the world for EVERYONE to make a good profit. Just because the rich have a lot of money does NOT mean the poor cannot do the very same thing!\n\nThis video take a true principle: That \"we are all created equal,\" and twists it into a lie: That \"we should all have equal outcomes regardless of our efforts.\"\n\nParable of the talents, people.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-09T00:13:59+0000","like_count":5,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001222","from":{"id":"1734480363","name":"Buzzy Green"},"message":"I will cancel my subscription if this - or other obvious political purpose - becomes a frequent theme.\n\nYou gotta decide the following, Mel.\n\nAm I doing this as a businessman or a missionary?\n\nSo much is left out of this information that it is not representative of the true nature of the American economic system. This is a huge negative mark against this otherwise enjoyable and uplifting service. Come on, Mel. You are smarter than this.\n\nThe primary conveniently absent information involves the migration of people across these groups. The bottom 20\u0025 is not the same group of individuals that was the bottom 20\u0025 last year.\n\nTo those in the bottom 20\u0025 (or any other quintile) - If you don't like where you are, do something about it! You're not a tree!","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T14:30:33+0000","like_count":5,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001240","from":{"id":"780423219","name":"Deliliah Lynn"},"message":"2012 election propoganda! Besides things already mentioned in the comment section here it is also not stated that 49\u0025 of the citizens don't even end up paying a single penny in income tax (yet reap benefits) and that many of those actually receive hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of tax refund money... Who do you suppose pays for that? You got it, the top percentile!","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T14:39:30+0000","like_count":5,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001114","from":{"id":"100000098311102","name":"Nanci Tuggle"},"message":"It must be a slow video day. I am sorry that you chose this video to share, Mel. The content is incomplete and misrepresented, not to mention, totally biased and inflammatory. It was rleased in November, but today you chose to help give it legs. Stick with the uplifting, funny or inspirational videos. That's what I subscribed for. I can get propoganda anywhere.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T14:02:23+0000","like_count":5,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001577","from":{"id":"100002317056826","name":"Glenda Fields"},"message":"Mel, your website attraction is the light, fluffy, funny, happy and inspiring. There are web sites for this type campaigns so anyone wanting to be informed can go to them. I feel you should stick to your own venue. Yours is where I come to take a break from all this other.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T16:45:26+0000","like_count":5,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001127","from":{"id":"1520712949","name":"Nancy Bertelsen"},"message":"Propaganda. Why is it the so called poor on welfare and food stamps have iphones when many of us hard working retired people can't afford what they have? ","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T14:06:12+0000","like_count":5,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2004225","from":{"id":"636245035","name":"Gary Borad"},"message":"Well, the story was a bit mixed up when he started mixing up wealth and income. They are two completely different things. The most wealthy - the top 1\u0025 - have \"capitalized\" on what the rest of society allows them to get away with. Most have made their money through inheritance, stocks, real estate, innovations, and perhaps some CEO's. It's up to society to alter the way these folks are compensated. Government redistribution (which is clearly what this author is arguing) is not the right approach.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-09T14:53:36+0000","like_count":4,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001116","from":{"id":"1146352074","name":"Robert Dannheim"},"message":"Very troubling neither the speaker, nor his organization, nor the source of his \"facts\" are identified. While I am in favor of closing \"loopholes\" as the left suggest, why is it the \"loopholes\" are never identified? I think the entire country would agree that our tax system needs a serious overhaul; it will never happen with elections coming every 2 years. The system is organized to support the status quo. Think not? A day after being sworn in, our campaigner-in-chief flew off in Air Force 1 to do a little rabble rousing about the filthy Republicans, the source of ALL our problems.(Note: AF1 cost is pegged at $180,000 per hour, and this guy announced a 100- city tour to promote his views at our expense) Now, after the press is waking up, he quickly scheduled meetings with his adversaries to show how open he is hearing their point of view. I hope he decides to be President of ALL the people, not the half of voters he depends on. The next 18 months will be a constant deceptive harangue aimed at putting the nation's darling (Ms. Pelosi) back in charge of doing whatever the chef campaigner tells her to co.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T14:03:12+0000","like_count":4,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2002333","from":{"id":"100002368702564","name":"Becky Day"},"message":"I tried really hard to stay out of this one, but I just gotta say this... I think:\n\nEvery person is entitled to keep what they have worked for and earned, or invested in.\n\nNobody is entitled to things they have never worked for, unless they are disabled and UNABLE to earn a living.\n\nIllegal immigrants are NOT entitled to free money out of my taxes, and I don't care how poor they are or how many children they have.\n\nIf a person has enormous wealth, it's a huge shame on their heads to live in oppulent splendor and waste money on frivolous things when they could SHARE by donating to charities, food banks, animal shelters or perks for our fighting military. It's not hard to live in a modest home with only one maid, right? (I wish I could afford a maid!)","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T22:10:50+0000","like_count":4,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2002368","from":{"id":"1025847669","name":"Marti Stanford"},"message":"2 POINTS: I believe a Harvard researcher as much as I believe a politician Liar. And Everybody should have the Same percentage tax rate!\nThe speaker just causes More Division and Class Warfare, which is a Communist agenda.\nAbout 50\u0025 of adult Americans pay ZERO Taxes.\nDemocrats keep promising voters they will get 'goodies'. But all we get is Higher National Debt, which can Totally Collapse the Economy at any time!","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T22:31:19+0000","like_count":4,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001980","from":{"id":"100000591017115","name":"Susie Burke"},"message":"This is propaganda aimed at further division of people in America. I'm nowhere near the \"rich\" in this land. But I absolutely believe in the individual's right to work hard to accummulate as much wealth as possible. If this is the kind of leftist claptrap you plan on posting here, I will soon unsubscribe.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T19:18:53+0000","like_count":4,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001264","from":{"id":"1080666988","name":"Glen Porter"},"message":"This is definitely an Obama generated Socialist presentation. Do they expect all the people in the country that broke their back making it in the country.\nof opportunity to pass it around to the folks that can't save a dime? Stupid! Almost wants me to stop looking at Mel's video's if they are going to promote this type of socialist attitude.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T14:44:02+0000","like_count":4,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001076","from":{"id":"1268319957","name":"Doug Schexnayder"},"message":"SO WHAT IS \"POOR\"?\n\nWe live in a country that has a standard of living that used to be second to no other nation. The poorest among us, those disenfranchised from their home nation, poor as church mice, could make it America. Yes, there was prejudice and bigotry, and even in some communities an invisible caste system, but those with determination could make it. There is a long history of entrepreneurship in America that has made the poorest among us rich. Consider the following:\n\nForty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.\n\nEighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.\n\nOnly 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.\n\nThe average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)\nNearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.\nNinety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.\n\nSeventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.\nEighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.[1].\nThese statistics are from 2007. Economic conditions have changed, many of them because of government policies that were designed to help the poor. They had the opposite effect.\n=====\nTHOSE DEMON RICH.\n\nFunny those who whine about \"the rich\" never ever seem to whine about the Kennedys that were trust fund kids, Clinton who made 82 million in 6 years just making speeches or Soros the billionaire socialist kook...or any other national democrat. I wonder why? \n\nNobody whined when M Obama got a 300k job for show then it was not filled when she left. This goes on and on...now we learn that Mitt gave 15\u0025 TO CHARITY and Obama 1\u0025....and guess who chews on us about \"our fair share\"? 1\u0025 is shameful...and notice the lefty billionaires that whine about the taxes NEVER pay a dime extra...do they?\n\nRich people, by and large, worked for it...Bill Gates often slept under his desk the early years and was snoring when his few co-workers arrived to wake him...they are often very charitable too...they also take risks that start or grow businesses. Guys like Mitt already paid a tax before the 15\u0025 cap gains tax. \n\nFunny how one Party whines decade after decade but when they had 2 years of total control 2009-2010 they never plugged any tax loopholes, etc...too busy socializing medicine behind closed doors. \n=====\nSocialist utopians are best at defining problems then lying about what they are doing about it. \nThen failing on purpose to solve them so they can run on them again and again. \nObama is not a smart man...no smart man would inflict socialism on his country after decades of it failing globally\u2026.\nspreading misery equally to 99\u0025 while the top few of HIS buddies get very rich. \n\nHaving only distractions, lies, demons and smears to sell or defend their toxic policies\u2026.\nthis is what we must endure from them and their diaper-changing pawn media goons.\nNever had a real job, surrounded himself with arrogant public fund parasitic radicals...\nObama plods on unrestricted by truth, economic laws or common sense. (theconservativecrawfish)","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T13:51:22+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2004474","from":{"id":"100003671975507","name":"Joe Smith"},"message":"I appreciate the work that the author has done here, but it is very misleading. Like most Academics\/Intellects they cherry pick what information they choose to use. First like Gary Borad points out he only references CEOs but what about the Politicians, Movie Stars, Sports Stars, Investors\/activist(SOROS) etc.... The sad truth is the only one in that group CEO, is the only one that really provides jobs or more importantly maintain jobs. It is the startups that actually create jobs. \n\nIf Mel really wanted to be \"fair\" and not give the illusion that he is making a case for socialism he should also point out the social (wealth) mobility that we have in this country. If you look at the list the government keeps via the census the top \u0025 has a 1\/3 to 2\/3 turn over rate every 10years. \n\nThe point in America is that the power to succeed is in your hands. IE Socialism the power to succeed is in the hands of a few chosen few IE the political class. \n\nNo Matter how you look at it there is no such think as equal, someone (group) has to be in charge. In a capitalistic society you can earn your way in a Progressive\/social\/communist society you have to be invited.\n\nUse common sense people and think for your selves and anyways question what people tell you.\n\nFreedom don't give up for a few hands. There is nothing free in this world, someone always has to pay for it.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-09T16:20:44+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001294","from":{"id":"100000184811986","name":"Hugh Penn"},"message":"This does not list material wealth that the poor and the rich have, such as tv, air conditioning, cell phones, health coverage. True the quality may not be the same but still our poor have just about the same items in many cases as the \"rich\". Remember that poor is an arbitrary number that the gov sets, it could be $30k for a family of four this year and $70k next year, depending on what the agenda of the gov is. Do not forget that with tax credits there are great incentives for the poor to stay poor, just talk to any H&R Block tax person. Once you and classified as poor there are many programs to help you out and give you pause to think.....why would I really want to work all that hard, I'm probably not going to make to be a CEO, so I can have a great life here at the expense of my fellow taxpayers. I could go on and on. A person can work really hard all his life and rise from poor beginnings to have a good life, or stay poor in America all your life and have a pretty good life also. Stop this type of video on Mel's Video of the Day.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T14:53:56+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001458","from":{"id":"100000466853170","name":"Lee Milner"},"message":"Thanks to the one percent that help us that do pay federal income taxes to avoid even paying more to support media outlets such as NPR which uses their publicly funded platform to promote class envy. This is one segment I will not forward in hopes that my friends will not misconstrue my sense of proiritory. \nThanks for all your effort in the past Mel but maybe you had a laspe of judgement from a MSNBC re-run with Chris with his tingle up his leg.\nGet back on course and thanks for the smiles and laughter from your previous efforts.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T15:46:47+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001796","from":{"id":"100000227964285","name":"Raymond Fleischman"},"message":"Wealth is earned not distributed. If you want it distributed do not go to the Middle East as their Govs. do not seem to distribute it much. All of the Communist countries like N.Korea they do not seem to distribute it much either. Our closing free market system may not be perfect but it has created more for more and allowed more to raise up from their circumstances. I am so very tired of the continued \"Class Warfare\" Go comrade go live where you think they have a better system and leave us ours.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T17:56:24+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2002115","from":{"id":"1644608946","name":"Patricia A Rodgers Heutsche"},"message":"Why would anybody be angry with Mel for having this on his website. He didn't product it. He just included the video along with other ones. I do believe that Mel has 1st amendment rights as well as everybody else. He didn't express an opinion, but everybody else did. BTW, I didn't care for the video, very disheartening, thank you Mel.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T20:01:57+0000","like_count":2,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2002213","from":{"id":"100000352836310","name":"Jay Kelley"},"message":"No, CEOs do NOT deserve 380\u0025 more than the worker who actually does the job. That is ridiculous, but just a sign of what we have allowed to happen in our job society. Teachers are at the lowest end, when in reality, they, police, firefighters should be firmily in the top bracket of the middle class. But they didn't ask me, did they?","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T20:47:55+0000","like_count":2,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001917","from":{"id":"757799877","name":"Kimberly Williams"},"message":"I would next like to see a video showing the jobs created by the people in the top of the chart... Also the charitable contributions by same, and the organizations - schools, buildings, medical research, arts, privately funded social services - that would not exist without those contributions.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T18:49:40+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001869","from":{"id":"100001063762970","name":"Joe Hathaway"},"message":"Isn't it funny how all the pink leftists want to distribute wealth based on \"fairness\" and not on earning ability--yet always seem to wind up with all the wealth in socialist and communist countries? I'm sure Chavez EARNED the BILLIONS he had accumulated when Cuban medicine killed him!","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T18:32:48+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false},{"id":"381413688633540_2001987","from":{"id":"100003088089339","name":"Henry Bowman"},"message":"Although source material is noted at the end who is responsible for the video? Who authored it? Who is politizane? I don't think this was what I signed up for. I am very disappointed in the politicalization of this site. Sorry Mel thumbs down.","can_remove":false,"created_time":"2013-03-08T19:23:10+0000","like_count":3,"user_likes":false}],"paging":{"cursors":{"after":"ODI=","before":"MTA2"},"next":"https:\/\/graph.facebook.com\/v1.0\/381413688633540\/comments?limit=25&after=ODI\u00253D"}}}}

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Wealth Inequality in America
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Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

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