Poverty/inequality

Super Bowl for the Rich: Upper-Class 91, Middle-Class 9

Richest 1% Percent To Have More Than Rest of Humanity Combined

Growing Up on Easy Street Has Its Own Dangers By RON LIEBER, New York Times, JAN. 9, 2015

How income inequality harms societies – TED talk by Richard Wilkinson July 2011

We Are the Most Unequal Society in the Developed World By Les Leopold, AlterNet, November 10, 2014

In the U.S., Downward Mobility and Vulnerability Is a Widely Shared Experience By Joseph Stiglitz, The Huffington Post, October 14, 2014 

Inequality, Unbelievably, Gets Worse by Steven Rattner, The Opinion Pages, New York Times, NOV. 16, 2014

Study: More Homeless Children Now Than Any Point in US History By Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams, November 17, 2014

‘The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap’ by Matt Taibbi By Hedrick Smith, Washington Post, April 11, 2014 …Taibbi offers the searing indictment that America’s wealth gap has corrupted the nation’s system of justice, fostering a “legal schizophrenia” that harshly prosecutes the poor but practices selective leniency on Wall Street…that the United States now lives by a hypocritical double standard — “letting major systemic offenders walk, bypassing the opportunity for important symbolic prosecutions and instead . . . putting the smallest of small fry on the rack for negligible offenses.”… “The Divide” is an important book. Its documentation is powerful and shocking. But it can ramble off track, as Taibbi falls in love with a story or a character. Its logic is sometimes diminished by his understandable rage at unethical, though probably not illegal, behavior. His periodic tirades against American justice as “a sci-fi movie, a dystopia,” distract from the force of his argument. But he drives home the telling point that the wealth-driven dichotomy in our legal system stems from our bending the law to match our social attitudes…Today, he concludes, “the rule of law has slowly been replaced by giant idiosyncratic bureaucracies that are designed to criminalize failure, poverty, and weakness on the one hand, and to immunize strength, wealth and success on the other.” Hedrick Smith is former Washington bureau chief of the New York Times and the author of “Who Stole the American Dream?”

Challenging the Republican’s Five Myths on Inequality by David Morris, CommonDreams.org, January 23, 2012  - The Republican position on inequality rests on five statements, all false. 1. Income is Not All That Unequal — 2. Inequality doesn’t matter because inAmericaambition and hard work can make a pauper a millionaire. — 3. Income inequality is not a result of tax policy. — 4. Taxing the rich will slow economic growth — 5. Taxing the rich would not raise much money …

Fast-Food CEOs Making 1,200 Times Workers’ Wages Have No Idea What Their Greed Does To Employees By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet, May 1, 2014 

Inequality Rages as Dwindling Wages Lock Millions in Poverty by Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams, January 15, 2013 — The official unemployment rate in the US may be slowly ticking down, but the rank of those who classify as ‘the working poor’ has continued to skyrocket…The growth in the ranks of the working poor coincides with continued growth in income inequality…

Eighty-Six Percent of Americans Think the Government Should Fight Poverty by Zoë Carpenter, The Nation, January 8, 2014

The Republicans’ War on the Poor by By Elizabeth Drew, October 24, 2013, Rolling Stone,

The GOP Is in Total Denial About America’s Soaring Poverty Problems By Michelle Goldberg, The Nation, posted on Alternet.org, December 16, 2013 America’s vast inequality is no accident, but in fact has been politically engineered….What government has done and not done, and the politics that produced it, is really at the heart of the rise of an economy that has showered huge riches on the very, very, very well off.” … politicians rewrote the rules to create a winner-take-all economy that favors the 1% over everyone else, putting our once and future middle class in peril.

Engineered Inequality — Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson on Moyers & Company,  March 1, 2012

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