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Don’t Blame Workers for the Crimes of the Wealthy

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Posted on Jan 31, 2011
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According to The New York Times, “What’s Broken in Greece” is that the cost of labor in Greece from 2005 to 2010 has been, on average, 25 percent higher than in Germany. This “pricing distortion,” the Times asserts, “helps explain why Greece required a 110 billion euro ($150 billion) bailout last spring in order to keep it from defaulting on its debts.” Really? Do labor costs explain why, according to the head of Greece’s equivalent of the IRS, the only people in Greece who pay taxes are “wage earners and pensioners whose incomes are taxed at the source,” since everyone else cheats on his or her taxes? Or why Greece’s tax revenues, at 19.8 percent, are the lowest of all the countries that use the euro, where the average is 26.1 percent?

Is everything the fault of workers, even the rampant tax evasion of the rich?

Moshe Adler teaches economics at Columbia University and at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College. He is the author of “Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science That Makes Life Dismal” (The New Press, 2010).

—Posted by Moshe Adler.

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By drbhelthi, February 29, 2012 at 2:18 am Link to this comment

How do these nazi/KKK types keep getting on TD?    Inherit The Wind

The application of logic and American values is a clear indication that such bloggers are neither NAZI nor KKK.  Similarly, not all bloggers who support the alias Barrack H. Obama, israeli MOSSAD/ AIPAC propaganda, are operatives or agents of the MOSSAD and/or the NAZI-originated C.I.A. 

Many of them are simply people who are caught up in the main-stream-propaganda campaign, supported by the NY Post and other >former< newspapers that have been acquired by either the CIA or the MOSSAD- AIPAC block.  Such people behave stupidly, without using their logic ability to evaluate the propaganda, which is one goal of the Israeli Zionist block.  Which block offered JFKSr to pay all his expenses, if he would permit them to control U.S. foreign policy.  The true story is found in “Gideon´s Spies, The Secret History of the MOSSAD,” by Gordon Thomas.

A review of the recent Report of the GAO on the U.S. Federal Reserve provides some understanding of how the Zionist control of their private “Federal Reserve” and their disguising it with the letters, “U.S.” controls the dollar and the world banking system.  The money used by Germany to feed the money-burning furnace of Greek leadership was supplied by the Zionist Federal Reserve to various EU banks.  Only a few U.S. Congresspersons, such as Dr. Ron Paul, exerted the effort to learn what was really going on, thus the GAO review of the Federal Reserve.  Which, as many Europeans as Americans are interested in.

Labor costs in Greece is misused as the scapegoat for the leadership of Greece, while the rich continue to do business without providing or requiring receipts, black-market style operations. As such, the reporting of income by businesses intentionally uses the “ice-berg principle,” hiding genuine business income, providing a taxation base that cripples the economy.  The procedure is intentional, a long existing habit controlled from “the top.”  Which Zionist-owned or controlled newspapers are going to report accurate information?  NONE.  As historically demonstrated on Truthdig, bloggers such as Inherit The Wind will attempt to suppress opinions that either reveal or support the truth. 

Whether such people are agents or pimps of the CIA, MOSSAD/AIPAC, or simply behaving ignorantly, caught up in the MOSSAD defamation campaign against Dr. Ron Paul, makes little practical difference.  Their blogging excrement is similar, and self-identifies their deceit.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

max, February 1 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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What do you expect the New York Times to say?  It’s a jewpaper not a newspaper.  Of course they are going to side with the parasite financier class and the central bank would be world dictatorship.

Greece should have said screw you to the IMF, Worldbank, etc. criminal loan shark
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How do these nazi/KKK types keep getting on TD?

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By MarthaA, February 2, 2011 at 4:07 am Link to this comment

The Common Populace will have to realize who they are and stand up for themselves, no other class and culture is going to stand up for the Common Populations Class and Culture. 

The Common Populace Class and Culture is a 216 million, 70% Majority Common Population in the United States, which is NOT the Middle Class, as the Middle Class divided from the Common Population and formed a NEW CLASS and CULTURE, that isn’t as far Right as the Tea Party, but is the Right-Wing of the Left, just the same and doesn’t represent the common majority, the Left.

If the American Common Populace do not rise up and represent themselves they will continue to go without representation as subjects of the Right-Wing aristocracies.

It isn’t a matter of blame, it is a matter of whether the American common population want representation or not, because if they do, they are going to have to represent themselves to the point where they will acquire a seat at the table, instead of gathering the crumbs that trickle down.

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By photoshock, February 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment

Since when has the NYT become the apologist newspaper
for the wealthy? I had thought at one time that the NYT
stood for the working and middle class. I guess that I
was wrong!

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By MarthaA, February 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment

As far as the wealthy are concerned it doesn’t matter.

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By berniem, February 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

The cost of labor is not the cause of the world’s economic woes; it is due to the price exacted by the manipulators

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By berniem, February 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t it ironic that Egypt may become the model for the proper way to address the world’s ever increasing economic and social inequalities? The US don’t shine like it used to! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!

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By drbhelthi, February 1, 2011 at 4:59 am Link to this comment

A poignant, brief article, of profound accuracy. The
influence of the CIA should not be overlooked, since
before it acquired the property to build its
secretive “training” base in Greece.

Along-side this article on my monitor, is a
solicitation to sign a petition, “Keep Guns Out of
the Hands of Dangerous People”, which is a very
profound, fantasy idea. 

How is it possible to keep guns out of the hands of
mexican drug-runners, who murdered over 35,000 people
in 2010?  How is it possible to keep guns out of the
hands of assassins placed in the U.S. Army, such as
murdered Pat Tillman?  How is it possible to keep
guns out of the hands of a mentally deranged
policeman such as in Seattle in January?  How is it
possible to keep guns out of the hands of
Blackwater/Ex, etc,etc ?

The solicitation states that each day, “34 Americans
are murdered with guns”. What about each day, when
Oncology quasi-murders 1,370 patients with “chemo and
radioactivity”.  Guns are not used in this medical
debacle, which insures death for over 500,000 cancer-
infected, plus a few mis-diagnosed, annually?

Legally defining “- hands of dangerous people” is
possible, while implementing such a law is NOT !

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By Leslie A. Graves, January 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment
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Um, NO. A vast majority of people have been able to avoid paying taxes.

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By surfnow, January 31, 2011 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

Hmmm.Sounds mysteriously familiar. Didn’t the Times just write that what buried Detroit automakers was those evil labor unions and workers actually having the gall to expect to earn a livable wage?

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