Tag Archives: income inequality

Mar. 16, 2015 The New Yorker

On Mar. 16, 2015 The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore wrote “Richer And Poorer” about measuring economic inequality. “Income inequality is greater in the United States than in any other democracy in the world.” Robert Putnam, author of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” talks about people in Ohio being born and trapped in poverty. “His policy recommendations include expanding the earned-income tax credit and protecting existing anti-poverty programs; implementing more generous parental leaves, better child-care programs, and state-funded preschool; equalizing the funding of public schools, providing more community-based neighborhood schools, and increasing support for vocational high school programs and for community colleges; ending pay-to-play extracurricular activities in public schools and developing mentorship programs that tie schools to communities and community organizations.” Steve Fraser, author of “The Acquiescence: The Life And Death Of Resistance To Organized Wealth And Power” thinks poor people will have to vote back the New Deal protections they lost in the past thirty years. Political progress will be difficult according to a Columbia University study by Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz. Titled the “Gini Index of Inequality of Representation” it showed that the more vetoes a government has in its system, the more inequality there was in a country. Out of twenty three democracies, the United States had the highest inequality, particularly in the Senate.

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Sep. 23, 2013 The New Yorker

On Sep. 23, 2013 The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki wrote “Coring the Big Apple” about New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election in response to the destruction of the middle class and growing income inequality. Long term reforms may include taxing the rich or ending their subsidies or living wages for the poor.

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Apr. 23, 2012 The New Yorker

On Apr. 23, 2012 The New Yorker’s Nicholas Lemann wrote “Evening The Odds” about the politics of income inequality and the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement. According to Timothy Noah’s book “The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What Can We do About It?” In 1979 the one percent got nine percent of personal income. In 2012 they get 25 percent. After the economic collapse of 2008 and slow recovery, the one percent got 93 percent of the gains.

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