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Income Gap

10 Cities With The Widest Gap Between The Rich And Poor

24/7 Wall St | Thomas C. Frohlich & Michael B. Sauter & Sam Stebbins | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business

The nation’s wealthiest residents have controlled a disproportionately large share of all income for many decades. In 2001, however, that proportion...

Women and People of Color Soon on U.S. Paper Currency?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Since the year 2020 marks the 100 year commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granting women the vote, petition organizers argue that the time has long-since come for women to grace our currency, especially our paper bills.

Let's Imitate the Pope

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

In his new encyclical, the Pope's embrace of both the poor and efforts to reverse climate change will alienate some of his faithful, but it's sensible and exemplary.

These Countries Have The Widest Gap Between The Rich And The Poor

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business

The U.S. ranks fourth.

Opportunity or Inequality? That's No Choice at All

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll recently asked, "Which concerns you more: the income gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country, or middle and working class Americans not being able to get ahead financially?" If you understand how the economy works, that isn't just the wrong question. It's probably a meaningless one.

What Will Happen to American Jobs, Incomes, and Wealth a Decade From Now?

Robert Reich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Robert Reich

In the next 10 years, the middle class's share of the total economic pie will continue to shrink, while the share going to the very top will continue to grow. But the current trend is not preordained to last, and only the most rigid technological determinist would assume this to be our inevitable fate.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Broke With Privilege

Steve Rhode | Posted 06.14.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

No matter how many times I cry broke or fear the threat of unemployment or dwindling bank account balances, I will always know my privilege.

Democrats Answer the False Choice of Growth Versus Redistribution With Inclusive Prosperity

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Democrats have not done well at all in telling their story and explaining their policies in a coherent manner. At the same time Republicans have been doing at least as well in addressing their message to the middle class voters.

Poverty Is Quicksand

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.12.2015 | Money
Peter A. Georgescu

Poverty, especially now, is more like quicksand. Once you fall into it, it's harder and harder to get out. Opportunity to improve one's life has disappeared for most Americans, especially those who are poor.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Why Americans Support Tax Hikes On The Wealthy | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

Voters in three key battlegrounds support tax hikes on the rich. The share of adults living in middle income households has narrowed. And Hillary Clin...

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

Resurrecting Dr. King

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

Dr. King became a martyr for peace, justice and equality. Did his life and death truly change social conditions in the United States? Or, were the federal laws associated with the Civil Rights Movement only window dressing, disguising fundamental inequalities that remain intransigent?

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Most People Think Congress Is Great At Representing The Wealthy, But Not The Less Well-Off | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

Most Americans don't think that members of Congress -- a majority of whom are millionaires -- do a good job of representing the less well-off, accordi...

The Growing Crisis in America: Part I

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

We are aware that the ever increasing rich-poor disparity of wealth is creating two Americas in increasingly conflict with our nation's founding principles. While our Founding Fathers sought succession from England, they envisioned a new nation governed by its people.

5 Ways to Lessen Inequality as Demand for Labor Decreases Worldwide

Aashish Mehta | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Aashish Mehta

As automation replaces jobs, we may need a guaranteed minimum income for all people, regardless of employment status.

Hillary Clinton and 'Too Small to Fail': Are We Too Big to Care?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

At the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this past weekend, I got to hear Hillary Clinton talk about the AAP's partnership with her "Too Small to Fail" campaign. It made me happy -- and sad.

The Walmart Wealth Gap Is Getting Much More Troubling

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business

This may be the starkest example of the widening income gap yet. In order to equal the $145 billion fortune of the six wealthiest Walmart heirs, yo...

2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

It turns out, we get results in the places we invest. The question is, are we investing in the right places?

The Death Of The American Dream, Explained In Legos

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business

The above video featuring Richard V. Reeves, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, is part of an interactive feature that Brookings published We...

How To Discover Your Market Value And Get Paid What You're Worth

Mindy Crary | Posted 10.11.2014 | Women
Mindy Crary

Stock options are used to reward longevity and loyalty, while salary is the benefit you get for doing your day-to-day job. Don't forego a salary negotiation because your employer offers a stock benefit.

House Hunting as a Person of Color With a Child on the Way

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 09.20.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

As my partner and I are both attorneys who work on and in support of public education, private school was not an option for us, so we decided to look for homes further out but with highly rated public schools. At the risk of sounding naïve, I was wholly unprepared for the reality that came with prioritizing high-quality public schools in my home search.

Super-Rich Guy To 'Zillionaires': Back $15 Minimum Wage Or Prepare For Revolution

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.03.2014 | Business

A Seattle millionaire is urging his super-rich peers to support a $15 minimum wage or face the possibility of a devastating populist revolt. In an ...

Investment, Innovation, Jobs

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

I believe the American economy can do some crucial things to put itself on a much more robust path toward growth. First, though, we all have to get a clear picture of what's kept the recovery so frail since 2008 -- factors in place long before the near-collapse of the financial system.