Wealth Gap: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


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  • PoeticPursuits
    PoeticPursuits  1 days back

    I think it is less optimism that allows wealth inequality... more that all our politicians are owned by the rich... just a thought.

    • Brandon Davidson
      Brandon Davidson  2 days back

      Oh who is that saying Obama was driving "class warfare"? It must be a coincidence that it's nothing but millionaires on FOX.

      • Goodman Brown
        Goodman Brown  2 days back

        world was 2

        • Benjamin Filbert
          Benjamin Filbert  3 days back

          "I don't have a $5 million estate."

          Says the woman worth $30 million.

          • FaustusFBI 3760
            FaustusFBI 3760  3 days back

            Tudor or Trader?
            They talk about "The top 1%" like it's not 1 in 100 people who are substantially wealthy. That means in a city of a million, one hundred thousand are significantly wealthy. The real problem is that in those numbers, a large portion are uneducated. The college students from the dwindling middle-class are mostly in debt from the exorbitant cost of a university degree, but the 1% on top could really care less. There are less and less jobs that require education because no one can run them or create them. Most spend their money on bullying their classmates because they don't understand the numbers of others who are rich. Some can't even run an apartment. There are very few educated from the universities anyway because students just don't study. The libraries are old and cheap. What kind of solution do they expect? Hey, the truth is expensive and full of math and science. I've been sitting here researching for 14 years on a government ticket. Good luck, as Xenophon would say, good luck. What would you estimate the actually educated versus the credentialed educated is? Look. Education is extremely dangerous. People throughout history have been assassinated for merely owning books like "The Picatrix" or attempting alchemy, or standing against religion.

            • Totally Nameless
              Totally Nameless  4 days back

              .... So are actually impoverished people really willing to screw over other impoverished people if they happen to win the lottery? Or is this just financially well off newscasters?

              • Southern Charm
                Southern Charm  5 days back

                Blue-shell the one percent

                • Barth Slung
                  Barth Slung  6 days back

                  If only America was destroyed in the Cold War and a
                  Something decent came out of the ashes

                  • potaterjim
                    potaterjim  1 weeks back

                    "Rich people don't owe you anything! Stop expecting them to pay because you're lazy!"
                    You're right, it would be unfair for someone to live off someone elses dime without doing work.
                    So why are there so many laws and regulations favoring the extremely wealthy on _my_ dime?

                    Or to put it in a way that the republicans can understand: We're not asking the rich to pay for our way of life, because they're already doing that to us. Or does sitting around in a five star hotel while you lay off thousands of employees to make a christmas bonus, or using a legal team to fuck with patent laws, or inflating the price of life saving medication sound like a good, honest, hard days work to you?

                    If you can honestly defend the practices of the american wealthy, then you've fallen right into their trap.

                    • Jacob Josefsberg
                      Jacob Josefsberg  1 days back

                      I thought you were going to make a point about the rich kids who get to live off their parents' dime with no work cause the estate tax is too low. Probably would have been a stronger point.

                  • Jason Brown
                    Jason Brown  1 weeks back

                    "A dispaportionate percent of these balls are black and brown" 😂

                    • by peacewillow
                      by peacewillow  1 weeks back

                      5 years later and it's so much worse, simply because people continue to hope it's their turn at the top soon.... so sad...

                      • Morten Kjell Reitan
                        Morten Kjell Reitan  1 weeks back

                        Income inequality is irrelevant. Poor people aren't. We need to get people out of poverty not getting wealthy people out of wealth.

                        • BabaYaga
                          BabaYaga  2 weeks back

                          I hope this isn't a surprise that we Americans consistently vote against our interests 🤷🏼‍♂️

                          • BabaYaga
                            BabaYaga  2 weeks back

                            So the dems try to hinder Obama's progress in limiting income inequality? ... I'm so shocked 🙄

                            • julio _cbp
                              julio _cbp  2 weeks back

                              Whats with Fox News and blonde women in red dresses?

                              • matthew Higgs
                                matthew Higgs  2 weeks back

                                "Please do not screw up this financial segment with practical advice." The best oxymoron of 2014!!

                                • Justin Updyke
                                  Justin Updyke  2 weeks back

                                  But, but, but, what was the movie at 4:48? Asking for educational purposes.

                                  • Chase Blakeley
                                    Chase Blakeley  2 weeks back

                                    I was hoping John would have a breakdown of the wealth gaps immediate and long term effects on individuals and groups rather than just use statistics to describe the wealth gap and the mentality behind buying a lottery ticket. He quickly mentions it hurts everyone but just doesn't go into depth on exactly its impact or offer solutions on how to fix it. One of the more depressing episodes

                                    • Thommy2n
                                      Thommy2n  2 weeks back

                                      Well, Megyn Kelly is not wrong. She doesn't have a $5 million estate.
                                      It's only a modest estimated $30 million net worth. And a minuscule average yearly salary of $8 million a year during her tenure at Fox and later the today show.
                                      Don't you love it when millionaires go "oh please, it's not THAT much. Just let me leave behind a little something."

                                      • Jake Oztan
                                        Jake Oztan  3 weeks back

                                        11:20 little did he know he would soon be starring in a movie with beyonce

                                        • scifinatic Tizz
                                          scifinatic Tizz  3 weeks back

                                          He said the president talked about income inequality and I felt so happy to hear an actual president actually talking about income inequality

                                          • MAKOBITE
                                            MAKOBITE  3 weeks back

                                            Now read this, look how much worse it got in 4 years -- and that was 2 years ago! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/06/the-richest-1-percent-now-owns-more-of-the-countrys-wealth-than-at-any-time-in-the-past-50-years/?utm_term=.5881db62f414

                                            • Garrett1111
                                              Garrett1111  3 weeks back

                                              Roberto Begnini was terrible!!! I remember leaving the movie theater after 15 minutes because I couldn’t take him anymore...the single most annoying human ever captured on film & then he gets an Academy Award...guess that makes sense! Barf.

                                              • Jairaj Ranchod
                                                Jairaj Ranchod  4 weeks back

                                                John Oliver on whether or not the government should take peoples' stuff when they die: "This policy is OK because it doesn't affect many people"
                                                John Oliver on North Carolina voter ID laws: "It doesn't matter how many people it affects, bad policy is still bad!"

                                                • Ethan McCallister
                                                  Ethan McCallister  4 weeks back

                                                  It’s so, so hard to remember a time when someone that isn’t Donald Trump was president.

                                                  • Layth Adrian
                                                    Layth Adrian  4 weeks back

                                                    Man, he really likes Beyoncé 😂😂

                                                    • Sky Leonidas
                                                      Sky Leonidas  4 weeks back

                                                      What a coincidence the state monopolized more of the economy and more money consolidated in a smaller elite. Inflation and taxes took money out of the average american's bank account and wage than could have ever taken from the assets of the rich protected behind corporations the stock market and foreign investment.

                                                      • Wasmo
                                                        Wasmo  1 months back

                                                        "Nation of haves and soon to haves" a fucking guillotine

                                                      • Ryan Anderson
                                                        Ryan Anderson  1 months back

                                                        The truth is that people are too stressed out and trying to live that even politics are too far away to care about when you are just trying to meet even your basic survival needs.

                                                        • Anthony Gonzales
                                                          Anthony Gonzales  1 months back

                                                          america is a shit hole country and all the fucking americans are murderers, racists and rapists and also homophobics and the future of this country is in toilets

                                                        • Vasiley Sivokozov
                                                          Vasiley Sivokozov  1 months back

                                                          Imagine you worked your whole life to make a company that was once worth nothing a multi million dollar company and you worked hard on building all your houses and saving up money just to have the government take it becomes “it’s unfair to the poor” na get the fuck outa here if your poor that your fault

                                                          • David barnes stuff 2
                                                            David barnes stuff 2  4 weeks back

                                                            Hey dumbass

                                                            Only 1 out of every 700 deaths results in paying the federal estate tax today. The vast majority of estates — 99.9% — do not pay federal estate taxes.

                                                            While the top estate tax rate is 40%, the average tax rate paid is just 17%.

                                                            The estate tax is only paid on assets greater than $5.3 million per individual ($10.6 million per couple). Even billionaires pay nothing on the first $5.3 million left to their heirs.

                                                            Only 20 small business and family farm estates nationwide will owe any estate tax in 2013.

                                                            The estate tax will raise $225 billion over the next 10 years. This is more than the $164 billion 10-year shortfall in the highway and mass transit trust funds.

                                                            The Walton family — which owns half of Walmart — has exploited a loophole in the estate tax to avoid paying $3 billion in estate taxes. This could increase by tens of billions in the future.

                                                            Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has exploited a loophole that allowed him to pass $8 billion to family members and avoid $2.8 billion in estate taxes.

                                                          • J Allen
                                                            J Allen  1 months back

                                                            the government doesnt take your property in the USA....worry about RUSSIA Vasiley!

                                                        • Azer The Snake
                                                          Azer The Snake  1 months back

                                                          I miss having a competent president.... (2019)

                                                          • Mckee Ward IV
                                                            Mckee Ward IV  1 months back


                                                            • iHisam
                                                              iHisam  1 months back

                                                              i picked number 2

                                                              • Diamonddrake
                                                                Diamonddrake  1 months back

                                                                Many people who work hard do make it.

                                                              • Funguy31
                                                                Funguy31  1 months back

                                                                Class warfare?

                                                                Are you a feudal system?

                                                                • reincarN8ed
                                                                  reincarN8ed  1 months back

                                                                  Gordon Ramsay is Scottish you limey bastard!

                                                                  • TheMaskofVegito
                                                                    TheMaskofVegito  1 months back

                                                                    Good Lord, when he said the President has something to say about the wealth gap, I braved myself for a Trump Dump and was genuinely happy when I heard Obama. And then sad when I realised what America had.

                                                                    • Autistic Owl
                                                                      Autistic Owl  1 months back

                                                                      What John fails to realize is that there is no finite amount of wealth, when rich get richer the poor also get richer as wealth is created.

                                                                      • J Allen
                                                                        J Allen  1 months back

                                                                        yeah. right. that's why wages have stagnated or decreased and the average American cannot afford a $500 emergency.

                                                                    • Mistynne D Strong
                                                                      Mistynne D Strong  1 months back

                                                                      He was president..and for two terms..he could’ve not only talked about it..he could’ve reversed it..I’ve watched 3 presidents in my lifetime..who have done exactly what they pleased to the exorbitant detriment of democracy, social equality, and freedom of the people..to have life liberty and the pursuit of happiness..literally against the constitution itself..all conservatives..even j.f.k. Eliminated segregation..and promoted civil rights..for those who had never been allowed to have them..as president..he would have prevented the Vietnam war.. if he hadn’t been brazenly assassinated in front of the entire country..by this one lone guy, who was conveniently, gunned down before he ever set foot in a courtroom..gee, I wonder if THAT has anything to do with why, we’ve not had an entirely Democratic , Democrat in office..ever since..that, and the relentless pursuit of power , money, and status.. that rules over literally everything..due to capitalism..poisoning the country , with its primary and most devastating lie..that everyone..prospers or can prosper..rather than just those evil enough to do it by any means necessary..even if it kills people, in droves, destroys the lives of others, unjustly enriches depraved sociopaths..while financially crippling innocent people , and literally destroys the very planet we live on..I enjoy John Oliver’s show..but blithely casting aside the very idea of having a society where unjust and deliberately imposed levels of egregious income inequality..is very distasteful, and distinctly not funny..because it doesn’t have to be that way..and wouldn’t be..if we only had another democrat, who actually behaved as much like one, as J.F.K...who , as a individual I’m sure, had his flaws , faults, and shortcomings as all people do..but as a president? ..saved this country..from nuclear war and reverted there remaining in place ..permanent segregation , for black Americans..which by now , would have deteriorated far more, if segregation had never ended..there would literally be no such thing as a black person of wealth, status or political power..including Obama..and all those who have achieved such..yet look down upon their fellow men..women, and children , just as callously as the white fascists do..we are now a country where you are nothing , unless you either own a business..or have wealth..from some other source..but that’s all that matters anymore..and human beings aren’t thought of humanely , anymore...in some instances..they’re not even thought of as human, beings..and even when they are..it’s still only, as something who’s worth is based upon their status of wealth..and nothing more..and I don’t believe it has to be that way..if only those who have the position and power to change things would be willing to do so..

                                                                      • Rusty yB
                                                                        Rusty yB  1 months back

                                                                        Glottalization just consolidates the group of winners who succeed from the successful of the world. Without Globalization the group is confined to a country. With Globalization the group is expanded to the world. Globalization is able to produce richer rich who succeed by organizing to provide to the world better than almost all others from the world over. Passage of time will produce winners who successfully tear down the gains some won from the introduction of Globalization. The top 25 richest are almost all newbies that didn't have their fortunes handed to them.

                                                                        • Rusty yB
                                                                          Rusty yB  1 months back

                                                                          In the early 1990's investment in China began for the purpose of producing goods for the world. At the beginning the profitability of following this path was much greater than it is now. Still there is the opportunity to earn very good return by investing in 2nd & 3rd world countries that are stable enough to guarantee safety of those investments. Some individuals were richly rewarded here. More than 350 milliion Chinese and many in the other recipient countries were raised out of significant poverty by these investments and the jobs they provided.

                                                                          • Rusty yB
                                                                            Rusty yB  1 months back

                                                                            There will always be a wealth gap. Jealousy will always be present and makes a great basis for pandering.

                                                                            • J Allen
                                                                              J Allen  1 months back

                                                                              yep. just as sure as Rusty is on scene to carry someone else's water.

                                                                          • Furry Sparkle
                                                                            Furry Sparkle  1 months back

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                                                                            • Njovu Joshua
                                                                              Njovu Joshua  1 months back

                                                                              hehe heheh hehehe

                                                                              • Deklok
                                                                                Deklok  2 months back

                                                                                The richest 8 people in het world have more money than 50% (3.800.000.000) of the poorest people. That is why kapitalism is not allright we really need socialism!! https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jan/16/worlds-eight-richest-people-have-same-wealth-as-poorest-50

                                                                                • Jacob Josefsberg
                                                                                  Jacob Josefsberg  21 hours back

                                                                                  @Deklok That is if you're talking about a capitalist system with socialist reforms. But pure socialism is the same as communism, just has a nicer name.

                                                                                • Deklok
                                                                                  Deklok  1 days back

                                                                                  @Jacob Josefsberg they are communists, I'm talking about socialism. That is something completely else.

                                                                                • Jacob Josefsberg
                                                                                  Jacob Josefsberg  1 days back

                                                                                  What we need is complete equality of OPPORTUNITY, and a capitalist system based entirely on the talent, competence, and intelligence of individuals with as little corruption as possible. Let's not repeat Stalin's Russia or Mao's China please.

                                                                              • Toffyman
                                                                                Toffyman  2 months back

                                                                                Why do americans always need to put War/warfare/warlike comment infront of every augument

                                                                                • Jacob Josefsberg
                                                                                  Jacob Josefsberg  1 days back

                                                                                  Shootin guns at inanimate objects all day gives ya a real hard-on for it

                                                                              • Anthony Gonzales
                                                                                Anthony Gonzales  2 months back

                                                                                America is a poor and shit hole country in the world