1st: The figure on CEO pay has been going around for MONTHS, if not years. If you haven't been paying attention, it's not my fault. Google 'CEO Pay' and I'm sure you will find it.
2nd: As to the economy when Jimmy Carter was President, blame that on Nixon and his escalation of the Viet Nam war. Carter was smart enough to know that we had to pay that back, and he did. It wasn't politically brilliant, but it was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, Reagan used that as an excuse to go union busting, and turn the entire economy into the piece of trash we have now.
3rd: If you think that the rich are paying more in taxes than the rest of us, look it up. They own 98% of all the wealth in this country now but only pay 48% of the taxes. Call THAT equitable? I don't. I call it a screwing of the humans in the country for the benefit of the few, the greedy, the selfish.
4th: Exxon did NOT pay $10.5 billion in taxes, they had $10.5 BILLION IN PROFIT last quarter. HUGE difference. It's a world record profit level, in ANY industry, and they didn't even bother to pay for the leases they owe the country for to begin with. Look into the recent scandal from the interior department in Denver and tell me that ANYTHING having to do with the oil bastards is fair and equitable or them even doing their share at all.
5th: I stand by my original statement. Reagan started this upside down crap about the economy [The lie that 'wealth trickles down from the rich', when instead 'wealth trickles UP from the working class'.] will work if you just assuage the greed of the ultra rich, and everyone else will benefit from their largess. Nothing could be further from the truth, and that has been proven by even a quick look at the numbers ever since. You cannot starve the majority, give tax breaks to the rich and business, then run all the jobs off to foreign countries and expect things to work out. It NEVER has in the history of man, and it never will. The last time it was tried, we had October of 1929. And that time we weren't $10 TRILLION in debt. Now we are. and the republicans couldn't be happier. Only thing is, lots of us are smarter than they are, and our outlook isn't being tempered by greed. It's tempered by survival. And we KNOW it's the republicans who have done this to us.
6th: Learn some history and THEN tell me how well the Alzheimer's economy works. Tell me how well that 1929 thing worked for the country, and it's inhabitants. And then tell me what happens to a country that is essentially bankrupt and refuses to pay it's bills. You don't get it, do you? Reaganomics is a shell game, and all the shells are turned over. It's done. Cooked. No more water at the well. Cutting taxes every time you turn around gets you where we are now, with a crumbling infrastructure and no way to fix it. It gets you a workforce that has no jobs, no manufacturing sector to speak of, and larger exports of raw materials than of finished goods. Before Reagan, we were the world's largest creditor. Now we are it's largest debtor. It's completely unsustainable, and you just don't get that, do you?
7th: The price of being in an actual society is taxes. If you want to be able to drive on safe roads, cross safe bridges, go to decent schools, and have a chance at a future, you have to deal with that. If you want to run a company, taxes are just part of the cost of doing business. Always have been, or at least have been until the republicans screwed the rest of us so they could profit wildly. And now we all get to pay AGAIN so they can be bailed out in this "FREE MARKET", which is no such thing. In an actual free market, these companies would be allowed to fail, regardless of how large they are. What we have no is welfare.
And like I asked, what part of the Republican party are you getting paid by? They are the ONLY people who are foolish enough to think that more of the same will fix anything. It is, in fact, the definition of insanity to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.