1. You can have one or the other but not mixture of both. He isn't standing up straw men, that's just a lazy retort to try and dismiss an argument you can't refute.
2. Left wing site claims oligarchy, therefore, oligarchy must exist. Oh sorry, Oligarchy trend.
3. You can thank the last 7 years of legislation for that. And for the record, it's not Capitalism that is crushing the shit out of the middle class. By the way, the poor in this country live, generally speaking, infinitely better than poor people anywhere else in the world. Poor people in other countries would sell their soul to be poor in America. You cannot eliminate poverty, there will always be people at the top and people at the bottom. It's a shame we take so much from the rich, that money used to go to non profits who would directly provide community benefit. Now it just gets pissed away by the government. And if anyone knows how to waste the shit out of money, it's them. It is an unequivocal fact that a true Capitalist system (which we no longer have), lifts more people out of poverty and gives more people opportunity than any other system ever created. What the fuck are they teaching you guys in school?
4. This is an absolute abortion of logic. Trickle down worked, or at least it sure as hell has worked better than wealth redistribution which hasn't done anything to repair the economy over the last seven years. Rich take their money and invest in new companies, reinvest in existing companies. The douche nozzles that the media loves to hold up for their opulence represent less than a hundredth of a percent of the world's population. How many rich people have their money sitting on the fucking sideline in mattresses? Who writes this shit? The worst part of these failed arguments is they just go ahead and assume that their trial balloon premises are facts. The widening gap between the rich and the poor has everything to do with progressive hands railroading their ideology down the country's throat (Bush/Obama). All the proof you need of this is to look at the distribution of TARP funds and their long term negative impact on the economy because it was all short term shit and NONE of it was invested with the idea to create wealth.
5. That's funny because for all my travels, nothing compares to America. I appreciate what this country is (or was) SO much more after traveling the world. Heavily socialized democracies are synonymous with tightly regulated lifestyles (enjoy your bike, bitch), VAT taxes out the ass ($23 for a margarita in Sweden), and controlled health care with limited availability to certain services, which by the way, are all starting to go bankrupt over there. Progressives will slurp at the altar of any study (usually weighted with bias) that shows how Europe has it better than us. Which of course they don't. For anyone who has traveled extensively, you can see first hand that 80% of those people live in glorified projects (in the cities) and depend on public transportation to go anywhere. That or you live on a farm. But hey, let's try to emulate THAT shit.
P.S. I watched Sesame Street