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Economic Inequality

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren: The Tuition Is Too Damn High

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took on the student debt crisis in a wide-ranging interview with The Huffington Post, calling for a fede...

This Comic Strip Nails Why Poor Americans Aren't Just 'Asking For Handouts'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact

America's poor don't have it easy. They're subjected to a range of false stereotypes: They're accused of being lazy and of abusing drugs, among ot...

Hillary Clinton: First Impressions

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

On May 6th, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first two fundraising events in San Francisco. I attended an afternoon event, featuring a confident, positive Clinton.

Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Marcelo Giugale

The study of inequality has been going on forever. To give you an idea, the index used to measure how unequal the distribution of income is -- the "Gini Coefficient" -- was invented a century ago. So, why the sudden interest? Why worry now about something that has been the fodder of academics, politicians, and the media for so long?

The Parable of Baltimore

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The parable of Baltimore is one that we need to learn from if our responses are ever to be as deep as the problems are. And admitting that the things we accept and don't accept do indeed have to do with race is a first honest step.

It's Time to Restore the Estate Tax

Ben Veghte | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Ben Veghte

The estate tax is an essential component of tax policy in any meritocratic democracy. In an era of rising income and wealth inequality, a strong estate tax has become all the more critical. Yet Congress has allowed the estate tax to erode, particularly over the last 15 years.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

Why We Should Care About Tax Policy

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

President Obama's announcement of new tax benefits for middle class and working families, highlighted in the State of the Union and detailed in his FY 2016 budget, shines a light on the tax code in a way that demands our attention and engagement.

Zach Carter

Republicans Push $269 Billion Handout For Millionaire Heirs And Heiresses

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans this week will vote to hand the heirs and heiresses of America's largest fortunes a $269 billion tax break by repealin...

Our Kids: Could We Just Listen to Robert Putnam's Plea to America?

Karen Gross | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Karen Gross

In America, we favor quick results and resolving the achievement gap is a several decade-long effort. We are so used to "quickness" with email and Twitter and other social media that we get distracted easily and lose focus and drive.

Empathy for Angry White Men

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

As an African American, I have empathy for angry white men because I recognize that they are experiencing the pain African Americans have long borne -- of being bystanders to the shaping of their identities and possibilities in an uncertain world.

Another World Is Possible, Without the 1 Percent

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Wealth is used to entrench inequality, not to trickle down and solve it. There will be no victory in the fight against poverty unless this trend of worsening inequality is reversed.

10 Illinois Counties With the Lowest Rates of Income Inequality

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.18.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois is the 36th most income unequal state in the country. Washington, D.C. has the most inequality, while Alaska has the smallest income gap in the country.

Zach Carter

America's Top Economic Performance Artist Is Really Popular With GOP Candidates

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Man. For a minute there, it looked like Republicans were getting serious about this whole income inequality thing. We had Jeb Bush calling it "the def...

The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

The class bias of American politics has not only cost us our democracy. It has also cost us our jobs, our health, and our security. For years, the recovery was crippled by the politics of austerity, as a bipartisan coalition took a butcher's knife to the public sector, and as balanced budgets took precedence over basic needs.

Inequality and Fairness: Why Investors Should Care

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Money
Peter Schwartz

The effect of unequal educational funding is to reinforce existing wealth inequalities across social class, race, gender, and region. But the most significant effect is the reproduction of these inequalities across generations.

Land of Equal Opportunity? The Power of a Costly Myth

Jon Wisman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The myth of fluid upward mobility blinds us to how stacked our system has become against the aspirations of the less well-off, thereby enabling an elite to capture every larger shares of income, wealth, privilege, and control over government while those below receive relatively smaller shares, face fewer opportunities, and command increasingly less control.

Failure to Work With Minority Owned Businesses a Challenge in the Private and Public Sector

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

What has not been adequately addressed is the inequality in business development and how procurement policies with a diversity emphasis can be an important means of strengthening wealth and entrepreneurship development for minority communities.

The Politics of Responsibility, Not Envy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

According to former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers -- who is emerging as a key economic advisor to Hillary Clinton -- the big political challenge in addressing economic inequality is not to embrace "a politics of envy." No, Mr. Summers, it's not the politics of envy. It's the politics of responsibility.

Young Adults Taking on How to Increase Opportunity in America

Paul Kendrick | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Paul Kendrick

America has a crisis right now around opportunity for young people. The American Dream -- that belief that through hard work and perseverance you can build a better life -- is in peril for a generation.

An "Informed Consumer" of Students' Test Scores

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The care we give to buying a vacuum cleaner is absent when we consider the test scores released to the news media by the states and local school districts. And, from those test scores the news media, politicians, and the general public reach simplistic conclusions about the effectiveness of public education.

Why America Needs to Pay Attention to Chris Christie's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Yael Bromberg | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's week started with a bad case of foot-in-mouth during his three-day trip to England, and went downhill from there, reaching new lows for ethics and good, open government -- even for New Jersey.

No Shelter: Counting the Homeless in Seattle

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

I was walking down a street in one of Seattle's toniest neighborhoods with my 25-year-old daughter and another young woman. We were part of Seattle/King County's One Night Count of the homeless, a massive effort to document the number of "unsheltered" persons on a random winter night.

I'm Privileged and I'm Proud: America's War Against the Advantaged

Neel Swamy | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Neel Swamy

Yes, unpacking the war against privilege in our country is almost as dangerous and convoluted as unpacking privilege itself. For one reason or another, our nation as a whole is wired to socially excommunicate and extradite those who are born into superior circumstances.

Who's in Control?

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Some Davos participants described the atmosphere this year as "gloomy" and "fearful." Those who control the world seemed to feel, and be, out of control and unsure how to deal with growing and frightening global instabilities and the violence that keeps emerging.