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Inequality

Joe the Plumber, We Miss You!

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

Joe the Plumber and other fans of great fortune don't have much problem with this huge accumulation of wealth at America's economic summit. What about the rest of us? Should we be concerned?

4 Reasons Our Democracy Is Broken

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

With all due warnings about nostalgia about a golden age of American democracy that never existed, here are four especially disturbing and depressing signs that our political institutions are doing a worse and worse job of reflecting meaningful the interests of "We, The People."

Romney, the Single Mom and the AK-47

Rob Brooks | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Rob Brooks

Each candidate was asked what they would do to keep assault rifles off the streets. So profoundly does Romney believe in the changing of culture, that he pivoted directly to a beloved conservative talking point: single mothers.

Is Inequality in Our Genes?

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 12.08.2012 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

Inequality is part of modern humanity, but the ways in which it is maintained and exploited are not fixed in our culture or in our genes. Maybe we need to take a lesson from our recent and distant ancestors and act socially, cooperatively, to mediate and moderate the ways in which inequality plays out in our society.

It's the Inequality, Stupid!

Jon Wisman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Jon Wisman

Only by setting in motion policies to reverse inequality can a vibrant and sustainable recovery become possible. And doing so would bring along much-sought-after side benefits.

Democratic Dishonor Roll on Inequality

Sarah Anderson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

In general, however, we found Republicans to be extremely loyal to the "1 percent." We gave 59 of them an F. The Dems' loyalties were more divided. None of them got F's or even D's, but 17 got either a C+ or a C grade -- not exactly parental bragging material.

Obamacare's Hidden Side Effect

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

Obamacare is designed to increase the health care coverage of Americans but doing so will, in part, yield something else: Wealth distribution. The ...

Poverty Down! Inequality & Hunger Up... Huh?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Frances Moore Lappe

Given that the poor spend at least half their income on food and global food prices have hit historic highs, how is it possible that poverty is truly decreasing?

Chicago Teachers Strike: Shedding Light on Our Nation's Classrooms

Wendy Widom | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Wendy Widom

Life here has heated up considerably since Chicago's public school teachers declared a strike on the eve of September 9. And it's a startling, painful, dramatic, and yes, magnificent sight to behold.

Five of the Drug War's Less Obvious Casualties

Norm Stamper | Posted 11.04.2012 | Crime
Norm Stamper

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Perhaps we can get the attention of the parties by focusing on five less obvious yet dreadful byproducts of the drug war, conditions that millions of Americans are forced to live with daily.

Inequality: Why the Capital Gains Tax Rate should be Raised

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.03.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Capital gains are a form of passive income that arise not from working but from realizing profits from investments. While there is nothing wrong with making money passively, there is no defensible reason to tax that type of income any differently than the wages of say, a policeman.

Dear OWS: Y R U MIA?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The Occupy Movement and the slogan "We are the 99%" resonated with millions. You once had a powerful voice. It was a strong voice, but not always clear. Today you are conspicuously silent.

Labor Day 2012 and the Election of 2012: It's Inequality, Stupid

Robert Reich | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

Republicans claim the rich are job creators. Nothing could be further from the truth. To create jobs, businesses need customers. But the rich spend only a small fraction of what they earn. The real job creators are the vast middle class, whose spending drives the economy and creates jobs.

I've Been Where No Male Politician Has, and It Matters

Jane Devin | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Jane Devin

I have a lot of stories -- too many stories -- about inequality, injustice, and irrationality, and they go way, way back.

Unions Matter More Than Ever

Edward M. Smith | Posted 08.27.2012 | DC
Edward M. Smith

If we want to do something about this nation's inequality, if we want to rebuild the middle class and if we want to train the greatest work force the world has ever seen, we need unions. Unions matter today more than ever.

Finding Private Ryan: Pushing Back the Republican Tide

David Coates | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
David Coates

Independents need to be reminded of who is blocking sane policies for economic reconstruction and social justice in contemporary America. It certainly isn't the Democratic Party, and next week we need very loudly to say so.

Romney, Ryan, and the Real Risk of Rising Inequality

Daniel Altman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Daniel Altman

Most households get the majority of their income from wages -- not capital gains, like the Romney household. Because owners of labor tend to earn less than owners of capital, income inequality has been on the rise.

'Americans For Inequality' Endorse Romney-Ryan Ticket

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 08.20.2012 | Business

Americans for Inequality, a satirical Facebook group promoting inequality, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate...

How Our Tax System Subsidizes Bloated CEO Pay

Chuck Collins | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business
Chuck Collins

For decades we've heard about CEOs who garner more in a day than their average employee earns in a year. The sad fact is our current tax code encourages these runaway pay packages -- and even subsidizes the excess.

Me, A Cosmo Girl?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.14.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

"Good girls go to Heaven, but bad girls go everywhere." So said Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan and game changer for women.

Why Promising To Save The Middle Class May Just Not Be Enough!

David Coates | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
David Coates

The President has to tell the American electorate that the future lies, not in a second round of trickle-down economics, but in the creation of a second New Deal, one inclusive of those left out the first time 'round.

Joseph Stiglitz: 'This Deficit Fetishism Is Killing Our Economy'

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — What's wrong with the U.S. economy? Growth comes in fits and starts. Unemployment has been over 8 percent for three and a half ye...

Will Manufacturing Make China a Democracy?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

China has done an exceptional job of acquiring the means of production. Not so much for human rights, labor rights, public health, or environmental protections.

After Obama Wins: What to Expect, What to Work for

Derek Shearer | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
Derek Shearer

I prefer to assume that Obama will win, probably a narrow victory, with the House remaining in Republican hands, and the Senate still under narrow Democratic control. This is recipe for gridlock and endless bickering unless Obama can step up his game.

Build a Culture of Hate and They Will Come

Jane Devin | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Jane Devin

How many straight people have been beaten or killed solely for being heterosexual? How many moderate or liberal groups have formed to picket funerals while waving hateful signs?