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September 9, 2013 How I learned to stop worrying and love fracking

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Critics of hydraulic fracturing say economic and energy security shouldn't come at the expense of the environment. The controversial practice, dubbed fracking, has become the cause du jour in advocacy circles. A report from...

August 30, 2013 99 must-reads on income inequality

Source: CNN

Earlier this week, I asked readers of this column to submit ideas for a list of "99 must-reads on income inequality." When I put out that call, I hedged a bit, saying 99 was my goal, for symbolic, we-are-the-99% type reasons, but...

August 28, 2013 Editorial: Jobs and freedom


As the decades have passed and the event's historical significance has been cemented, simply saying "The March on Washington" is enough to bring to mind the powerful speech delivered that day by Martin Luther King Jr.

July 30, 2013 Is Obama right that income disparity is a threat to the country?

Source: Palm Beach Post

During a rare interview Saturday with The New York Times, President Barack Obama made a pitch for his economic policies by saying that the income and wealth gap in the United States represents a threat to the country.

June 14, 2013 Why Have Racial Wealth Gaps Persisted Since the Civil Rights Era?

Source: Chicago Mag

This morning I woke up to the news that the 1965 Moynihan Report—officially known as The Negro Family: The Case for National Actions, meant to be an internal Johnson Administration report but leaked to the press—had been...

May 31, 2013 Tax Breaks Don't Unfairly Benefit The Wealthy

Source: Investor Business Daily

A new Congressional Budget Office report shows that the rich get most of the benefit from various deductions and credits in the tax code, music to the ears of the soak-the-rich crowd. But since the wealthy pay nearly all the...

May 6, 2013 Does the free market cause wealth inequality?

Source: The Daily Caller

The wealth gap is a serious problem. The richest 20 percent of Americans now own 80 percent of the country’s wealth. Over the past three decades, the average American has seen his income either fall or remain flat. Over the same...

April 23, 2013 Our Feelings About Inequality: It’s Complicated

Source: NY Times

How much do Americans care about rising income inequality? Surveys send mixed signals. In a poll released last year by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of Americans agreed that there were “strong conflicts between the rich and...

February 25, 2013 How to Revitalize the Middleclass

Source: Larry Checco

My father, who endured the Great Depression, survived World War II and returned home a decorated war veteran, barely had an 8th grade education. But in the 1950s, while my sister and I were growing up, he worked three jobs...[more]

February 20, 2013 Wal-Mart Emails Reveal Customers Under Financial Stress

Source: Forbes

One wonders if executives at Wal-Mart Stores ever studied the business wisdom of Henry Ford. As we all know, the founder of the Ford famously doubled the wages of his factory worker in 1914, to the shock of other automobile...

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