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Economic Inequality

Do Health Care Costs Fuel Economic Inequality in the United States?

David Blumenthal | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

From the perspective of the more than 150 million Americans, health care costs may, in fact, be widening inequality. When health insurance premiums go up, employers may reduce take-home pay to keep overall compensation in check.

World Bank Group's For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The IFC's Health in Africa initiative is supposed to be reviewed this year. A tangible result will be a commitment from the Bank in the next few weeks to re-evaluate it under the prism of the Bank's corporate goals and focus on universal health coverage.

Democracy Matters

Jay Mandle | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Obviously, those of us who want to reverse the trend and achieve a more egalitarian America face a formidable challenge: how to reduce the political dominance of the super-rich at a time when they continue to use their wealth to enhance their political clout.

Watch: Elizabeth Warren On Fighting Back Against Wall Street Giants

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

An expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class, Senator Warren has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party's progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president.

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...

Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year's summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.

This Labor Day Let's Rethink the Texas Miracle

Cristina Tzintzún | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Cristina Tzintzún

We are facing a crisis. Deregulation has created a system in which workers are treated as disposable tools, easily replaced when they break. While the numbers may show job creation, the reality on the ground tells a story of individuals in dire situations.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

From the Founders to Ferguson

John R. Burbank | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Sometimes it helps to read our Constitution with a critical eye, and then draw the lines forward to today. That's what I did when I reflected upon the violence, anger, inequities, and lack of justice that is crystallized in Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson -- The Return of the Chickens

B. D. Colen | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
B. D. Colen

Port-au-Prince -- From here in the nation birthed by the world's only successful slave revolt, watching and reading about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, is far beyond bizarre.

Is the Era of Big Ideas Over?

Tom Silva | Posted 08.14.2014 | Media
Tom Silva

Literally, big ideas don't stand a chance in our media environment. According to a study by the University of California, San Diego, the amount of info we receive on our mobile devices and at homes everyday takes about 15 hours to consume.

Jesus Drove Usurers From The Temple. We Allow 500-percent Interest Payday Loans. Where Are The Christians?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

First, let's start with the good (if you can really call it that) news: A trail of money that began with triple-digit loans to troubled New Yo...

Inequality and Growth: What I Think We Know and Don't Know

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Though in an earlier study I raised some questions about the claim that high inequality dampens growth, I clearly think there's something there, especially as regards mobility barriers, over-leverage leading to inevitable busts, and the interaction of wealth concentration and money-in-politics.

10 Business Leaders Who Just Say No to Economic Inequality

Capital and Main | Luke Dowling | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

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John Lennon Said It Best: 'Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed'

John Fullerton | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
John Fullerton

I was floored by this Saturday's New York Times article, "Seeing a Supersize Yacht as a Job Engine, Not a Self-Indulgence." I was amazed not only by how the subject of the article, Mr. Jones, rationalized his extraordinary consumption habits, but also by the mere fact that the article was published.

Black Women Still Suffer From Wage Gaps

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Here we are 50 years later, and if you're a woman of color, then you're still facing inequality in the workplace. According to a recent study, black women are making far less than their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts in the same jobs and positions.

The Opportunity of a Generation: Ending Extreme Inequality

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

We need to tackle extreme inequality because is morally indefensible and socially corrosive -- undermining our health, affecting our well-being, and undermining peaceful societies.

Robert Reich: How To Save Capitalism

The European | Martin Eiermann | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urges us to save capitalism from its own excesses. He sat down with Martin Eiermann of the European re...

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 ...

Conservatives Blame the Wrong People for Economic Problems

Fred Lundgren | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Too often, hard working and well meaning conservatives fall into the "blame trap" set by their rich and powerful brethren, who blame the powerless, instead of themselves for the economic woes of society.

Romney Leaving Millions to His Kids Actually Helps Workers, Says Economics Prof (and Romney Adviser)

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The goal of such an argument is to make working people believe that down is up, that day is night, that Republicanism works for them, and not merely for the 1 percent. To the American people, I would simply say this: Don't you believe it.

Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Andy Bellatti

As long as the conversation about world hunger continues to center around -- and be dominated by -- the myth that we are not growing enough food, we can expect the problem to get worse.

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

The Development Gap in New York City

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.16.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even as the recession has ended, the city's poverty rate continues to increase, and the gap between the rich and poor continues to increase.