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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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