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Extreme Inequality Is Not a Function of Capitalism
I agree that wealth inequality is a problem, but it is a problem that is created by government – created by the Federal Reserve. I was warning years ago, when the Federal Reserve first launched Quantitative Easing, that this was going to happen! This policy would only benefit assets at the expense of the overall economy. I’ve been warning about this for years. The government is doing this, not the market. So, yes, I want the government to do something about wealth inequality by getting out of the way. I want Capitalism to do something about inequality. Now, of course, there’s always going to be inequality – that’s part of capitalism. People are not going to be equal, because peoples’ contributions are not equal. What is not normal right now is the extent of the disparity. That extreme inequality is not a function of Capitalism. if we enjoyed Capitalism, there would be less inequality.
We Need to Embrace and Re-Discover Capitalism
Ray Dalio recently replied to a recent Tweet of mine, referring to his appearance on 60 Minutes, stating that if the only solution Ray Dalio has is to raise taxes on the rich, and to hope the government spends the money productively, then he has no solution. So then he referred me to his article, which I read, word for word: Why and How Capitalism Needs to be Reformed, parts 1 and 2. Again, Capitalism does not need to be reformed. What needs to be reformed is Democracy. We need to embrace and re-discover Capitalism and what needs to be reformed is all of the Socialism that has been interjected into Capitalism.
Government Makes It Difficult for Small Businesses to Hire Young People
I told Ray Dalio that I would read his article and I read it and made some notes and I’m going to go over my thoughts now. Number one, right off the bat, Dalio talks about all the jobs he had by the time he was age 12. He came from humble beginnings, he wasn’t born wealthy, he is a rags-to-riches story, an American Dream story. By the time his was 12, he made money delivering newspapers, mowing lawns, caddying, and he invested the money he earned in the stock market. The first thing that grabs my attention is, “how many 12-year-olds today have jobs?” Very few young people today have jobs. Why is that? one of the reasons is because the government has made it so difficult for small businesses to hire young people – minimum wage laws, and workmen’s comp, disability, unemployment make it difficult for young people to get jobs.