Tuesday, February 4, 2014

VERY BRIEFLY- THE CAUSE OF WEALTH INEQUALITY 2014

COUNTERPUNCH


Paul Craig Roberts


What Is Supply Side Economics


excerpt:  The George W. Bush tax cuts have nothing to do with supply-side economics.  The Bush tax cuts were nothing but a greedy grab, but they are not a signifiant cause of today’s inequality. The main causes of the unacceptable inequality of income and wealth in the US today are financial deregulation and the dismantling of the ladders of upward mobility by the offshoring of manufacturing and tradable professional service jobs. The wages and salaries denied to Americans are transformed into corporate profits, mega-million dollar executive bonuses, and capital gains for shareholders.  Financial deregulation unleashed massive debt leverage of bank depositors’ accounts, backed up with Federal Reserve bailouts of the banksters’ uncovered gambling bets.  Neither tax increases nor reductions can compensate for these extraordinary mistakes.