Occupy Protesters' Focus on Income Inequality 'Just Plain Wrong'

Friday, October 28, 2011

Zucchotti Park, Occupy Wall Street, protesters Occupy Wall Street Protesters (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The Takeaway is continuing our conversation this week on income inequality in America. We’ve covered the Occupy movement, where inequality is a rallying cry, and we reported on a Congressional Budget Office report that highlighted the growth in uneven incomes over the last three decades.We’re taking another look at income inequality this morning, this time from a guest who says Occupy protestors are wrong to focus on income inequality. 

Amity Shlaes is the Director of the Bush Institute’s Four Percent Growth Project and the author of "The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression."

Guests:

Amity Shlaes

Produced by:

Duncan Wilson

Comments [18]

Its quite shameful to air this 'story' that is clear corporate claptrap and yet you fire a part-timer for expressing democratic opinion on her own time.

The person who ordered the firing is either a coward or anti-democratic.

Shameful

Oct. 29 2011 02:21 PM

Holy crap, this is hilarious.

You fire someone for participating in the protests on their own time. And you say it's for introducing bias into your organization? How did what she did (on her own time) do that?

Then you have this biased revisionist history as your main content for your show?

Are you *trying* to turn into Fox news?

Oct. 28 2011 11:31 PM

So, the woman with the Clever sign at the Occupy march was a Takeaway (now former )employee. Talk about income inequality!

The firing was shameful. Your coverage of most social and political issues is weak. I prefer Mark Riley on WWRL am1600 in the morning. He's a man with ideas and principles .

Oct. 28 2011 06:23 PM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

According to Schlaes own metrics - that people of whatever economic class are doing well compared to the past or their parents' circumstances - the lower- to middle classes have NOT done well, particularly in this past decade of the 'aughts. Income and wealth disparity did close during the mid to late 1990s, but as I said, widened one the Bush Admin. took office.

Secondly, Ms. Schlaes hasn't read up on social science recently. In fact what foments resentment and restiveness in a society is when the lower classes feel left out of wealth-making and/or power in comparison to OTHER higher/advantaged segments,rticularly when they are able to witness the disparity.

Essentially her argument doesn't comport with the facts.

Oct. 28 2011 12:29 PM
joan from ny

The argument that the rich pay a lot of taxes may be true, however if the middle class were employed and earned more money they would be paying more in taxes. If the poor earned more money, they also could pay taxes commiserate with their wages.

Oct. 28 2011 10:11 AM

There is NO justification for continued tax breaks and loopholes for the rich, INCLUDING all the politicians.
I've been unemployed for six months here in FloriDUH. If you take a 30 hour job, just to get OFF unemployment, you get a BILL for your benefits paid! WHAT? Maybe we need to start BILLING the government BACK for all the trips, perks, healthcare, retirement benefits that our 'public servants' get??? And WHY do people who are receiving unemployment have to pay tax? I receive the maximum benefit [which is nothing compared to my former salary, but I'm glad I get it now] of $575...AFTER taxes it is $494.
Luckily, my children understand, because the bill collectors do NOT !! WHERE are the jobs...uh, the FULL time jobs...and make sure you ask RICK SCOTT, too!
I can't even give out candy for Halloween because I can't afford it. So I'll have to be 'the Grinch' and keep my porch light off this year! THAT'S scary!

Oct. 28 2011 09:50 AM
Peg Kennedy from Southern Tier NY

RE: "listener" Is your name actually Amity Schlaes?

Oct. 28 2011 09:40 AM
geffe

This segment with Amity Shlaes was so full of revisionist history and false claims I was not sure how this could pass for a credible news story.
Shame on the Taleaway for even having this right wing revisionist shill on. You should have had Robert Reich on to take this person apart.
He's great at doing that.

Amity Shlaes is living on a fantasy world if she still thinks trickle down Reaganomics works. It's a a complete failure, period.

Oct. 28 2011 09:34 AM
geffe

This segment with Amity Shlaes was so full of revisionist history and false claims I was not sure how this could pass for a credible news story.
Shame on the Taleaway for even having this right wing revisionist shill on. You should have had Robert Reich on to take this person apart.
He's great at doing that.

Amity Shlaes is living on a fantasy world if she still thinks trickle down Reaganomics works. It's a a complete failure, period.

Oct. 28 2011 09:32 AM
listener

Shlaes calmly hits each one of these conventional liberal tropes out of the park and leaves the progressive narrative security blanket in tatters.
Can she be on all the time?

Oct. 28 2011 09:30 AM
Mark Harvey from Boca Raton FL

Seems like the right has mobilized to deal with the current crisis by inventing the fiction that the Great Depression was caused by govenment intervention and the current crisis is the creature of big government as opposed to government completely captured by crony capitalist. Please balance your coverage by bringing on Paul Krugman to refute the fairy tales spun by your guest.

Oct. 28 2011 09:23 AM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

No jobs in New York because of high taxes and over regulation??? Then why are unemployed workers from low tax/low regulated states flocking to NY for our jobs? Recently, I've met over a dozen former NY state residents who moved south for LOWER TAXES returning to the cold north because WE DO HAVE JOBS.

The wealth from the top cannot trickle down if the roots are thirsty and hungry for nutrients. Eventually the top-heavy plants will topple over. Feed and water the roots first and the tops will be healthy too. Feed only the tops and the whole plant will die.

Oct. 28 2011 09:22 AM
Kevin Healey

Rome is burning, and you invite Nero on your show to have a nice chat.

Oct. 28 2011 09:18 AM
anna from new york

OK, people. I'd like to test Shlaes's theory.
I am hiring the entire "Institute" (Institute of Propaganda) and I will kindly let them work the way people work for "barons" (past or present).
At the end of the project, she can come and talk with you .. if of course she will be able to walk and talk. Slavery, as we know, does occasionally weird things with slaves.
Yeah, I like the idea.

Oct. 28 2011 07:55 AM
anna from new york

OK, people. I'd like to test Shlaes's theory.
I am hiring the entire "Institute" (Institute of Propaganda) and I will kindly let them work the way people work for "barons" (past or present).
At the end of the project, she can come and talk with you .. if of course she will be able to walk and talk. Slavery, as we know, does occasionally weird things with slaves.
Yeah, I like the idea.

Oct. 28 2011 07:53 AM

This "interview" was a joke. How can you permit a well-known right-wing ideologue to spout her shallow, self-serving opinions without challenging her in the slightest? Nobody in the Northeast is hiring because taxes are too high? Is she serious? Nobody is hiring because nobody can afford to buy their products because the middle class is BROKE. No serious economist takes Amity Shlaes seriously, yet you fawn over her like Rush Limbaugh. Disgusting.

Oct. 28 2011 07:40 AM
anna from new york

No shame, America? This Bush woman is a "scholar?" Seriously?. The question which should be asked when dealing with such "scholars" is: "What's wrong with employees making DECENT salaries and paying taxes?" Why isn't this formula better that the present one when millions who spend some 70 hours a week in houses of terror (American workplace) destroying their health, families, communities so ... a tiny percent of top executives could take home billions ... without paying any taxes. Even if they paid taxes, would be the destruction of society worth it?
This is madness, Lady.

Oct. 28 2011 07:25 AM
Mark Harris from Denver

Taxes rates are at a 50 year low, corporations pay an effective rate of 16-17%,
See GE, EXXON who paid nothing.
our country was healthiest when corporate rates were much much higher than they are now. For Amity Schlaes to claim taxes and regs are keeping corporations from creating jobs is simply a lie. For you to not challenge her on that is bad journalism. I had to turn your show off rather than listen to her continue to lie unchallenged.
Very frustrating.

Oct. 28 2011 07:21 AM

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