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Wealth Inequality

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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.

A Real Plutocracy Prevention Act

Chuck Collins | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Chuck Collins

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. This week, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his "Responsible Estate Tax Act" which would strengthen the estate tax and plug up some of the worst "billionaire loopholes."

Fast Food CEOs Are The Most Grossly Overpaid

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business

If American income inequality had a poster child, it would be the fast food industry. Today, CEOs at leading fast food companies pocket more than 1...

What Economic Recovery?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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...

Warning: Inequality Is Really Hurting The Economy

AP | By JOSH BOAK | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession. Now...

Why Everybody Is Mad At Rich People

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business

Rich people have been wondering why everybody is so mad at them when all they do is create jobs and have better genes and work harder than the rest of...

It's Time for an Inclusion Revolution

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

From voter suppression laws being passed in the light of day in state houses around the country and the political assault on women's reproductive rights to the racial wealth gap, there are disturbing signs that our nation's baby steps towards political, social and economic inclusion could be stalling.

Health, Sensuality and the Supreme Court's New Feudalism

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Hiding sensuality behind health, instead of celebrating it, devalues the erotic lives of women and men. More than that, our political embarrassment about sex has leveraged the power of the wealthy to control the intimate lives of others.

Who Do Americans Hate During Economic Downtimes? It's Not Who You Think

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

On top of devastating the country, wiping out many people's savings, and increasing the obscene gap between the wealthy and the rest of us, the Great Recession may have had the side effect of increasing racial tension.

Sting Just Cut Off His Kids, But They'll Be Fine

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business

Sting may not plan on leaving very much of his wealth to his offspring, but don't mistake him for some kind of equalizing role model out of Thomas Pik...

The American People and American Interventions

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The wisdom and necessity of action can, and should, be debated. Those debates, like most foreign policy debates are discussions of strategy, scenarios and interests, but rarely seriously consider the needs and hopes of the American people.

The 1% In My Head

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

The belief that money is a reliable measurement of a person's value is not true and causes deep suffering. Money is a wildly inaccurate gauge of character.

Sacrifices of the 1%

Rob Taub | Posted 08.17.2014 | Comedy
Rob Taub

Akin to the suffering of middle class and poor families in these difficult economic times, the one percent are struggling as well behind their gilded ...

Is It OK to Be Rich?

Edward Corcoran | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

The situation is worsened by the ability of the rich to skew the system to protect the flow of more wealth to the already wealthy. A complex society requires complex regulation. Ideally, laws and regulations manage the economy for the benefit of society as a whole.

Corporations and Wealth Inequality

Edward Corcoran | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

A widespread notion that the sole responsibility of corporations is to make money for the owners is a major factor supporting the trend of increasing wealth at the top levels of society, at the expense of every one else.

State Lawmakers May Be Making The Wealth Gap Worse

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to...

Big Bank Explains To Rich People How To Profit Off Inequality

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

On Wall Street, the debate about wealth inequality is all but over, except for finding ways to make tons of money from it. The rich are going to ke...

Thomas Piketty and Our U.S. Estate Tax

Chuck Collins | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Chuck Collins

You've probably heard that the rich are growing richer. But Piketty reports that the concentration of wealth is more extreme than we imagined. The focus on the wealthiest 1 percent is distracting us from the dizzying concentration of wealth among the top one-tenth of 1 percent.

Will the Rich Always Get Richer?

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Extreme private wealth inequality is a fact of economic life in most countries. The U.S. is a prime example. The top 1 percent of wealth holders own almost 40 percent of all wealth. And the top 10 percent hold almost 90 percent. What should we make of this?

How the One Percent Is Stealing Your Money in the Stock Market

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You think that the broker has your best interest at heart. They are, after all, working for you. You are paying them a commission. And you are living in America, the land of "everyday low prices." But you have been misled.

Inequality and Pay: 'Rents' vs. Merit

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Not only have they been overpaid relative to the damage their sector has caused, but many of them and their institutions have been made whole at the taxpayers' expense once the depressed risk pricing was revealed and the bubble burst.

Why The Rich Get Richer While The Rest Of Us Are Left Behind

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.19.2014 | Business

Economist and author Thomas Piketty sits down with HuffPost DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and 'The Other 98%' Communications Director Alexis Goldstein to ...

One Possible Legacy of the Northwestern Football Players

Arthur Fox | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Arthur Fox

What is important today is that the Northwestern media coverage is dramatizing, in a spectacular way, the fundamental need of workers to band together and collectively demand a seat at the economic table of Corporate America.