[Marxism] Millionaire mullahs

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Sat Aug 12 19:34:36 MDT 2006


On 8/12/06, Yoshie Furuhashi <critical.montages at gmail.com> wrote:

> We have to acknowledge that those who
> say things like Nader can't easily get on ballots here, and American
> voters don't vote for them either when they do.  Iran is very
> different from the USA, or rather the USA is very different from much
> of the rest of the world.

The following might explain why this is so:

"A 1992 study done by the U.S. Treasury confirmed [..] [that] [a]fter
tracking before-tax income for 14,351 taxpayers between 1979 and 1988,
the Treasury economists found that of the taxpayers in the bottom
quintile in 1979, only 14.2 percent (or one in seven) were still there
in 1988. Meanwhile, 20.7 percent had moved to the next higher fifth,
25 percent to the middle fifth, 25.3 percent to the second-highest
fifth, and 14.7 percent to the highest fifth.

"Thus, a taxpayer in the lowest bracket in 1979 was about as likely to
be in the highest fifth nine years later as to have stayed in the
lowest fifth."

  -- <http://www.hooverdigest.org/981/henderson1.html>

If this is true, it might explain why voters in the USA don't vote for
socialist candidates. Given these circumstances, what argument should
be advanced to US workers to win them to socialism? (Of course, this
is 2006, not 1992, and things have probably gotten a lot worse now.)




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