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When You Get Done Hiding Your Untaxed Wealth Overseas, Check Out Your 2 New Enemies

Is there anything inevitable about staggering income inequality, a $1.2 trillion student loan debt, or a declining minimum wage? Hear these questions dismantled in plain talk by two powerhouses: fearless Sen. Elizabeth Warren and economist and best-selling author Thomas Piketty.

I had no idea what a raw deal working people are getting compared to 50 years ago. (See 3:02 for what's happened to minimum wage over the years.)

A central theme is income disparity, and Warren hits the nail on the head at 6:20 when she talks about why it matters that everyone truly has skin in the game.


Piketty explains that massive inequality isn't just our issue — it's the world's problem. See what he proposes at 9:48.

Warren nails it again at 16:28 talking about "our story." Does it matter if we believe that hard work makes a difference?

They tackle climate change (23:30), propose an awesome solution to student loan debt (28:04), and laud the role of labor unions (37:37).

All this gets summed up starting at 39:40, when Piketty tells us the first step he’d take to solve all these problems. Watch and see if Warren agrees.

via The Ohio Department of Health

UPDATE: Back in April, Ohio was leading the way of conservative leaning U.S. states in its response to the coronavirus. Part of that effort manifested in this simply brilliant PSA that showed how social distancing saves lives. The imagery of ping pong balls and mouse traps captured the "dilemma" perfectly: Would you want into a deadly trap when you could easily sidestep it? Of course not. So, why would you put your life and the lives of others at risk by something as callous as failing to respect basic social distancing guidelines?

Unfortunately, the number of new Covid-19 cases has been spiking across the country. In order to help give the public a reminder of just how deadly this disease is, and frankly, how easy it is for most people to practice social distancing, the PSA has been once again making the rounds. It's sad that we're all having to share this message again. But if it saves lives, the work must be done.

The original story begins below:

When it comes to shaping public opinion hard-hitting visual examples can be a lot more persuasive than words and statistics. The Ohio Department of Health created a visually dazzling public service announcement using ping-pong balls and mousetraps to explain how social distancing works.

This PSA is just another example of how Ohio is getting things right during the pandemic. As of April 9, the state has about 5,100 infections, fewer than a third of the cases in similarly sized Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.


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