Income gap: What is the reality we are facing? What are the solutions?

The wealth gap between the top 1% and the bottom 99% in the U.S. is as wide as it's been in nearly 100 years, a new study finds.  between 1993 and 2012, the real incomes of the 1% grew 86.1%, while those of the 99% grew 6.6%, according to the study, based on Internal Revenue Service statistics examined by economists at UC Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics and Oxford University.

How do we shrink the gap between the wealthy and poor? 

Is Income inequality an unavoidable reality....or is it possible to have income equality?

Are tax hikes and more entitlements to spread the wealth around good solutions?

How do we create opportunities and ensure a reasonable standard of living for the bottom 20 percent?

Should Market forces be shaped, and not left as “forces"?

Do solutions like minimum wage and reforming the tax code hurt or help? 

Come share your thoughts! We will fight through the fog of the main stream media and discuss the real problems and find real solutions for this growing problem.

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  • Laneda

    Our goal was to "discuss the real problems and find real solutions for this growing problem". But there did not seem to be a consensus that income inequality was indeed a "problem" at all. I wouldn't mind having another meeting or two (or three) on this topic, but with a narrower focus for each meeting. For example exactly what constitutes a "wealth gap"? Is it simply a matter of disparate incomes? Is income inequity necessarily BAD, requiring a solution? I believe we could have several very lively meetings focusing on these questions alone. Each of the points listed in the Meetup description above could easily be the focus of an entire meeting. At any rate, I plan to do some serious reading in the area of economics. As the daughter of an Economics professor, one would think I'd be better grounded in the subject. I would welcome any book suggestions for an economics neophyte.

    1 · May 24, 2014

    • Jim s.

      I agree, the subject is so massive and there are so many contributiong factors and causes for where we are at with what our dollar purchases, that each of us could have probably talked for an hour in order to accurately convey our viewpoints...

      1 · May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So is this address the correct one for tonight?

    1 · May 23, 2014

    • Gowri C.

      Yes, the Scenic Brook Drive location is the correct one for tonight...See you soon!!

      1 · May 23, 2014

  • Gowri C.

    Free Thinkers, please notice that we are meeting at a DIFFERENT venue this evening - NOT the clubhouse.....

    May 23, 2014

    • Jim s.

      Is the one posted the actual address?

      May 23, 2014

  • Jim s.

    I'm looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow:)

    May 22, 2014

    • Jim s.

      You too Rebecca:)

      May 23, 2014

    • Gowri C.

      Looking forward to meeting you Jim....Austin welcomes you to its friendly fold!

      1 · May 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really want to attend and bring my hubby - I think he would love this group & this discussion... childcare is iffy, so I'm just a maybe for now. But I'm looking forward to making it to a meetup soon!

    May 22, 2014

    • Rebecca A.

      Children are totally welcome and encouraged to come!

      May 23, 2014

    • Gowri C.

      Liz, you could still bring him...he is at an age where he won't be bored with the discussion...and the discussion is really from 7:30 to around 9 when we close the discussion portion "officially"..­.beyond that time it is entirely for FT's (free thinkers) to hang-out and continue discussing in small groups, or one-one, or most of the time we socialize and relax.....

      May 23, 2014

  • Rebecca A.

    Hey everybody! Lets recruit! Bring your friends, co-workers, family members! Bring people you agree with and people you know you don't agree with. Bring young people that don't know what they believe! Lets take this conversation up a notch. Income inequality is one of the biggest issues we are facing and there is a lot of differing views on the subject.

    3 · May 12, 2014

    • Gowri C.

      Yes, Free thinkers....time to sign-up and recruit!! we typically have 8-10 RSVP "yes" by this time; but this time we have only 6.....we need all "Ye Old Faithful's" to sign-up, and not just that, but challenge yourself to bring in at least one other person!

      May 12, 2014

  • RC

    Looking forward to being there!

    1 · May 6, 2014

    • Gowri C.

      Looking forward to meeting you RC.....

      May 7, 2014

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