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June 3, 2014 The Wealth Gap and Race

Source: Ordinary Times

A couple of weeks ago Elias Isquith linked to an article from the National Journal about the wealth gap between blacks and whites. It’s important to note here that the article is talking about wealth, not income. The reason why...

April 21, 2014 Stop Obsessing Over Exorbitant CEO Pay

Source: Slate

Last weekend the New York Times published its annual list of executive compensation, with Oracle’s Larry Ellison topping the charts at $78.4 million (and Disney’s Bob Iger in a distant second, at $34.3 million). Pay packages have...

April 17, 2014 Is a global wealth tax the key to reducing income inequality?

Source: Washington Post

Does 39.6 percent, which is today’s top marginal tax rate, sound like the optimal top marginal tax rate to you? No? How about 80 percent? Not that either? Well, if you’re concerned about reducing income inequality in the United...

January 27, 2014 Let’s Talk About the Wealth Gap

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — Much of the substance and tone of President Obama’s State of the Union address this week are predictable. So is the reaction: It won’t change many minds or political stands.

January 24, 2014 Davos 2014: There’s only one way to close the wealth gap

Source: Telegraph

I’m in Davos this week, where more than 2,500 chief executives, government ministers and NGOs are assembled for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. After years of permafreeze, a thaw seems finally to have taken hold....

November 18, 2013 It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing America

Source: Huff Post

In 1992, the Clinton for President campaign is said to have had a poster on the wall of its war room that read: It's the Economy Stupid. The object of the slogan was to keep the campaign on task. Its goal was to make sure that...

November 15, 2013 How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens

Source: Bloomberg

It seems that welfare queens are back in the news these days. The old stereotype was an inner-city unwed mother -- that’s dog-whistle-speak for black -- having multiple babies to get ever bigger welfare checks (throw in a new...

October 22, 2013 Privatizing Profits, Socializing Losses—A Continuing Saga

Source: Larry Checco

Washington DC -- As if we needed another example of how profits are privatized and losses socialized by corporations and top earners in this country. A recent study found that taxpayers are spending nearly US$7 billion a year to...[more]

October 22, 2013 Humans Can Be Irrational, and Other Economic Insights

Source: NY Times

Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, writes in his new book, “The Map and the Territory,” that he has been thinking about bubbles since the financial crisis of 2008. Specifically, he has been trying to understand...

October 7, 2013 Growing wealth gap opens gate to unrest: Our view

Source: USA Today

The impact of America's growing income inequality can be seen in protests, ranging from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 to the fast-food worker strikes this summer, and also in the changing political landscape where Democratic...

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