Exclusionary policies that disproportionately affect minorities, women, or people of the LGBTQ community, only further detract from the American economic potential.
Companies with employee partners don’t bother with phony empowerment — offering low-paid employees titles like “associate” or “team leader.” They share real wealth and power.
Worstall argues that raising the minimum wage in Washington DC to $15 an hour will hurt low income workers because — get ready for it — Walmart can’t come to town.
We hear a lot of talk about pay: how much CEOs earn, how little waiters get, etc. While an important indicator, wages do not fully address the real inequality in our nation.
Stephen made a compelling and provocative argument that many corporate executives were raping their companies with the consent of the voting shareholders. He made a strong case that facilitating this was creating a risk to BlackRock’s reputation, just as allowing sexual harassment creates a risk to company’s reputations.
BlackRock almost always votes its shares in favor approving higher CEO pay for the companies in which they are invested… Our member, Steve Silberstein, disagrees.
Patriotic Millionaire Stephen Silberstein is leading an effort to shine a light on exorbitant pay packages through a shareholders resolution at BlackRock Inc., one of the largest fund managers in the world.
The picture that Pew has painted is not only the product of globalization. It is the product of decades on end of special interest lobbying, bought-and-paid for policy and modern-day political corruption intentionally designed to create ever-increasing wealth for the already wealthy.
For the last three and half decades, American workers have largely been on their own. With the exception of labor unions, they have had no go for broke champion to help them navigate through the political scene.
But while applauding the successes of a few, we are institutionalizing an inequality by refusing to take action on legislation that grants a living wage to the many.
It impacts how we live and even how long we live. It affects education, the length and depth of poverty in our nation, our ability to rise and make a new life for ourselves. Structural inequality means that public policies are made to benefit a very few instead of the mass of Americans. Despite vaunted myths about our democracy, average Americans have little or no influence on political decisions in the United States.
We have to fix this mess we created. And even if we can’t really fix it, we have to at least try, don’t you think?
What if more major companies shared the wealth with the employees who helped build them? If more enterprises valued their employees, not just with living wages but also with ownership stakes, we’d have considerably less inequality.
The Patriotic Millionaires consider this film, which is highlighting the dangerous and rapid expansion of the wealth gap, as fundamental to the national conversation about economic inequality.
As global wealth concentrates in fewer hands, the world’s wealthy are shifting trillions to offshore havens to escape taxation, accountability, and publicity.
What America has lost track of, but California is thankfully revisiting, is the idea that the “cost of labor” is connected to actual human lives. Californians will see the collective advantages of a stronger economy based off of workers with higher spending power.
In Country Music, you learn to respect all people no matter their position in life. That’s just part and parcel of country culture: good ole southern politeness and hospitality. And then there’s self-interest. The first time I shook hands with Garth Brooks, he was selling boots at a boot store in Brentwood, Tennessee. In Nashville, you never know if your waiter, or a day laborer, or someone sleeping in their car might be the next superstar. You learn to respect everyone, which happens to be a good lesson to learn in life anyway.
Today, Morris Pearl, Chair of the Board of the Patriotic Millionaires, challenged Michael Sommers of PEGCC to a public debate on the carried interest tax loophole, the policy which allows fund managers to pay a lower tax rate than most other Americans.
Why are we in fact subsidizing housing for wealthy people? Not only are we subsidizing housing for the wealthy, we’re doing it to the tune of billions of dollars a year. This can’t possibly be a good thing, and we should stop it.
The Institute for Policy Studies report, titled ”Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us”, found that just 20 individuals now own more wealth than the bottom half of the U.S. population, or 152 million people living in 57 million households.