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The four biggest lies about inequality included in the typical neoliberal propaganda


Lie number one: The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators, so we dare not tax them

The truth is, the middle class and poor are the job-creators through their purchases of goods and services. If they don’t have enough purchasing power because they’re not paid enough, companies won’t create more jobs and the economy won’t grow. The giant Trump-Republican tax-cut for corporations and the rich hasn't trickled down to ordinary Americans. It has just made the rich even richer. 

Lie number two: People are paid what they’re worth in the market, so we shouldn’t tamper with pay

Wrong. Four decades ago, CEOs of big companies got 30 times the pay of typical workers. In 2017, they got 361 times their workers’ pay. Not because they’ve done such a great job, but because they control the compensation committees of their boards. They’re using corporate profits to buy back even more shares of stock so their total compensation rises even more. And, they're monopolizing the economy at the same time. Meanwhile, most American workers earn nearly the same today as they did forty years ago, adjusted for inflation, not because they’re working less hard now, but because they don’t have strong unions bargaining for them, as they did then. 

Lie number three: Any child can make it in America with enough guts, gumption, and intelligence, so we don’t need to do anything for poor and working class kids

The truth is we already do next to nothing for poor and working class kids. Their schools don’t have enough teachers or staff, their textbooks are outdated, they lack science labs, their school buildings are falling apart. We don’t help with costs of child care. We don’t invest in early childhood education. We spend less educating poor kids than we do educating kids from wealthy families. 

Lie number four: Increasing the minimum wage will result in fewer jobs, so, we shouldn’t raise it 

In fact, studies show that in states where the minimum wage has been increased, the number of jobs increases -- because minimum-wage workers have more money to spend, resulting in more jobs, and also saving employers money on employee turnover.

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