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Wealth Gap

Our Disparity Disorder: Life on the Wage Floors

Doug Levitt | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Doug Levitt

The asset boom combined with wage stagnation have only intensified our nation's disparity disorder, the prime metaphor for which is Walmart and its heirs, the Waltons.

Reforming Payday Lending Practices Is One Important Way to Address Wealth Inequality

Andrea Levere | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business
Andrea Levere

The economic recovery has not benefited Americans equally. We all know that. But few facts underscore that point more clearly than the startling number of consumers whose financial futures have been put on hold by subprime credit scores.

Boosting Women-Owned Businesses Will Boost the Economy

Claudia Viek | Posted 02.20.2015 | Women
Claudia Viek

Women-owned businesses can be found in all industries and sizes, but many of them are hidden in plain sight in home-based enterprises. These small businesses are making a difference in local economies -- even those run from the family dining room table.

We Didn't Start the War on Poverty, but We Owe It to Our Children to Win It

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Eric Cooper

Fair or not, the weight of history falls heavily on the living. A nation founded on the inalienable rights of humankind and the notion of social justice must work to provide opportunities for all children -- not just mine. Leadership and resources are needed to support those who have been shortchanged by family circumstances -- by poverty and the remaining vestiges of racism.

Hands Up. Don't Foreclose.

Jorge Newbery | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Jorge Newbery

We need to focus on keeping families in their homes, providing children stability, and restoring trust and respect between families and banks, law enforcement, and our government. "Hands Up. Don't Foreclose."

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Why Americans Support Tax Hikes On The Wealthy

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Wealth: Legitimate and Illegitimate

Edward Corcoran | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Excessive wealth accumulation is the result of permissive conditions that allow and even promote it. Lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are major avenues of influence. But these ultimately depend on public acceptance of rationales which facilitate wealth accumulation.

The Idea Revolution: How Youth of Color Will Build Our Future

Brandon Hill | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Brandon Hill

What if I told you that the cure for cancer will come from the mind of a Hispanic girl in South Central Los Angeles? Or that the invention that will replace the Internet will come from the imagination of a Black boy from Harlem?

Wealth Inequality: Trickle-Down or a Sinking Ship?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 02.22.2015 | Money
Misha Pinkhasov

Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.

Runaway Inequality, Runaway Incarceration

Les Leopold | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Les Leopold

The vibrant public response to these police killings is heartening. We are taking to the streets, and rightly so. But where are our protests heading? What should we demand that adequately addresses this destruction of life and hope?

U.S. Wealth Gap Hits Record High

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business

Never in the 30 years since the the Federal Reserve first starting collecting wealth data has the divide between the rich and everyone else been so la...

Are We the World's Most Anti-Worker Nation?

Les Leopold | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Les Leopold

Not only do we rank 26th in median wealth, we also are the most anti-employee country in the developed world. Actually, the two go together because rising inequality results from our pro-Wall Street and anti-worker policies.

Echoing in the Streets: A Growing Racial Wealth Divide

Chuck Collins | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Chuck Collins

The marches in the streets may have been provoked by police conduct in Ferguson and Staten Island. But there is a deeper dream that has been deferred.

Black-White Wealth Gap Has Reached A 24-Year High

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business

The economy is recovering, but not the bottom line for black Americans, according to new figures from the Pew Research Center. The median wealth of...

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.

Scrooge Politics: Why Low-Income Workers Must Work and Shop On Thanksgiving

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

For salaried workers and for most two-income households, working on Thanksgiving or Christmas is the exception, not the rule. However, for minimum wage workers and those without job security, staying home is simply not an option.

Which Hazard Is Better Contained: Ebola or Extreme Economic Inequality?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Design changes in Ebola management protocols make it highly probable that the Ebola hazard in America will be successfully contained. In contrast, the hazard of wealth-concentration policies implemented by central banks is not under containment. This problem threatens the very fabric of democratic enterprise.

The Rich Are Getting Richer, But They're Giving Less Of Their Income Away

MarketWatch | Quentin Fottrell | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact

The amount of money wealthy Americans are donating to charity is falling as a percentage of their income. Before you denounce the 1%, new research fin...

The Richest 1 Percent of Americans Control 40 Percent of the Nation's Awesomeness

Galanty Miller | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

One day we'll all be dead. And in heaven, everyone has a shitload of money. But for now, it's important that rich people acknowledge their mental deficiency. It will make the rest of our lives much easier. Or maybe Donald Trump is just naturally dumb?

How to Stop Holding Yourself Back From Building a Billion-Dollar Business

Lili Balfour | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Lili Balfour

It is true that there are fewer women getting funded and building billion-dollar companies. The numbers are improving, yet we still have a long way to go. The answer to this problem is to start early and to focus on the internal factors causing this imbalance.

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.

Elizabeth Warren Reminds Us Why CEOs Are Making Way Too Much Money

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta & Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is not letting corporations off the hook. During Wednesday's Senate Banking Committee hearing on risi...

Inequality, Nick Hanauer and the Patriot's Moral Code

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

The July/August 2014 issue of Politico Magazine sports a special report decrying excessive economic inequality, written by plutocrat extraordinare, Nick Hanauer.

What Economic Recovery?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 11.09.2014 | Money
Mechele Dickerson

While many American households now face a bright and promising economic future, it is now clear that the recession and post-recession recovery has a different look and feel depending on whether you are wealthy, middle-class, or poor.

America's Widening Wealth Gap Is 'Unsustainable'

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business

BOSTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is "unsustainable", but is unlikely to impro...