Income Inequality Quotes

Quotes tagged as "income-inequality" (showing 1-23 of 23)
Kurt Vonnegut
“I think it's terrible the way people don't share things in this country. I think it's a heartless government that will let one baby be born owning a big piece of the country, the way I was born, and let another baby be born without owning anything. The least a government could do, it seems to me, is to divide things up fairly among the babies.”
Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Quentin R. Bufogle
“Why do we still cling to the intellectually retarded notion that liberty can be obtained, maintained, or lost at the end of a gun barrel? When you're working 3 minimum wage jobs to make the minimum payment on a pair of socks you bought 12 years ago because your credit card company slapped you with an interest rate that would make a loan shark holler WTF! ... well, no one needs to hold a gun to your head. Your ass has already been sold down the river.”
Quentin R. Bufogle

Joseph Telushkin
“Rabbi Hiyya advised his wife, “When a poor man comes to the door, be quick to give him food so that the same may be done to your children.” She exclaimed, “You are cursing our children [with the suggestion that they may become beggars].” But Rabbi Hiyya replied, “There is a wheel which revolves in this world.” —Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 151b”
Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Wisdom

“Austerity, especially when it cannot be offset by a significant lowering of interest rates, brings with it increases in unemployment -- particularly enduring unemployment -- suppression of wages for the majority, and deepening income inequality.”
Alex Himelfarb, Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Different Take on Taxes in Canada

Robert B. Reich
“Indentured servitude is banned, but what about students seeking to sell shares of their future earnings in exchange for money up front to pay for their college tuitions?”
Robert B. Reich

Paul Beatty
“In 7.81 square miles of vaunted black community, the 850 square feet of Dum Dum Donuts was the only place in the "community" where one could experience the Latin root of the word, where a citizen could revel in common togetherness. So one rainy Sunday afternoon, not long after the tanks and media attention had left, my father ordered his usual. He sat at the table nearest the ATM and said aloud, to no one in particular, "Do you know that the average household net worth for whites is $113,149 per year, Hispanics $6,325, and black folks $5,677?"

"For real?"

"What's your source material, nigger?"

"The Pew Research Center."

Motherfuckers from Harvard to Harlem respect the Pew Research Center, and hearing this, the concerned patrons turned around in their squeaky plastic seats as best they could, given that donut shop swivel chairs swivel only six degrees in either direction. Pops politely asked the manager to dim the lights. I switched on the overhead projector, slid a transparency over the glass, and together we craned our necks toward the ceiling, where a bar graph titled "Income Disparity as Determined by Race" hovered overhead like some dark, damning, statistical cumulonimbus cloud threatening to rain on our collective parades.

"I was wondering what that li'l nigger was doing in a donut shop with a damn overhead projector.”
Paul Beatty, The Sellout

“The question will arise and arise in your day, though perhaps not fully in mine: Which shall rule — wealth or man? Which shall lead — money or intellect? Who shall fill public stations — educated and patriotic freemen or the feudal serfs of corporate capital?”
Edward G. Ryan

Tyler Cowen
“If one sentence were to sum up the mechanism driving the Great Stagnation, it is this: Recent and current innovation is more geared to private goods than to public goods. That simple observation ties together the three major macroeconomic events of our time: growing income inequality, stagnant median income, and the financial crisis.”
Tyler Cowen

Yaron Brook
“Our focus should be on making the most of our own lives, regardless of whether we start at the bottom or the top- not on envying the advantages and achievements of others.”
Yaron Brook, Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality

Quentin R. Bufogle
“To all you who believe we shouldn't have a minimum wage -- that the minimum amount you can be paid should be determined solely by your employer. We tried it once before: it was called SLAVERY.”
Quentin R. Bufogle

“When we over consume the Earth's resources, we create an economic imbalance in societies and in the world. Affluent people and affluent societies can afford to buy everything in large quantities. They have an abundance of wealth and think they have the license to waste. They use a great deal and leave others with very little. It is this imbalance between rich and poor that gives rise to crime, violence, prejudice, and other negative attitudes.

When some people cannot get what they need through honest hard work, and see others wasting what is so precious, they feel justified in taking it by force. The Earth can only produce enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed. Our greed and wasteful habits perpetuate poverty, which is violence against humanity.”
Arun Gandhi, Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Nonviolence

“This is a nation of inconsistencies. The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors. We fought England for our liberty and put chains on four million of blacks. We wiped out slavery and our tariff laws and national banks began a system of white wage slavery worse than the first. Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master.”
Mary Lease

Quentin R. Bufogle
“I don't mind being a team player. I'm just tired of being the soccer ball.”
Quentin R. Bufogle, Horse Latitudes

Thomas Piketty
“All told, over the period 1932-1980, nearly half a century, the top federal income tax rate in the United States averaged 81 percent.”
Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century

William Makepeace Thackeray
“(H)ow many great noblemen rob their petty tradesmen, condescend to swindle their poor retainers out of wretched little sums, and cheat for a few shillings? When we read that a nobleman has left for the Continent, or that another noble nobleman has an execution in his house - that one or other owe six or seven millions, the defeat seems glorious even, and we respect the victim of the vastness of his ruin. But who pities a poor barber who can't get his money for powdering the footman's heads; or a poor carpenter who has ruined himself by fixing up ornaments and pavilions for my lady's déjeuner; or the poor devil of a tailor whom the steward patronizes, and who has pledged all he is worth, and more, to get the liveries ready, which my lord has done him the honor to bespeak? - When the great house tumbles down, these miserable wretches fall under it unnoticed: as they say in old legends, before a man goes to the devil himself, he sends plenty of other souls thither.”
William Makepeace Thackeray

Dinesh D'Souza
“Socialists claim to be in favor of equitable redistribution of income and wealth, but who determines what is equitable and does the actual redistribution?”
Dinesh D'Souza, The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left

“If trickle-down economics worked, we would not have four food banks in Kensington and Chelsea.”
Emma Dent Coad

Dean Graziosi
“Up until 1981, all classes of income were rising at about the same rate. However, in about 1981 a split started to happen. The 1% broke away from the crowd, and since then the top 1% of earners income has gone up by 128%, while the bottom 90% of earners income has only gone up 15%.”
Dean Graziosi, Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway To Wealth & Prosperity

Dean Graziosi
“Up until 1981, all classes of income were rising at about the same rate. However, in about 1981 a split started to happen. The 1% broke away from the crowd, and since then the top 1% of earners income has gone up by 138%, while the bottom 90% of earners income has only gone up 15%.”
Dean Graziosi

V.O. Diedlaff
“When a man wants to rob a bank he hides behind a mask, but when a banker wants to rob a man, he hides behind a corporation.”
V.O. Diedlaff, We Can Fix It: Reclaiming the American Dream

Thor Benson
“America is a nation of immigrants who forgot where they came from and poor people who think they'll soon be rich.”
Thor Benson

Thor Benson
“It's funny how so many think a redistribution of wealth is fine when it benefits the rich and creeping communism when it benefits the working class.”
Thor Benson

“Politics is a game played by the rich with the lives of the poor.”
J.Adam Snyder