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Concrete Measures to Address Real Income Stagnation of the Poor and Middle Classes

I. Introduction The distribution of the gains from economic growth has gotten horribly skewed since around 1980, as the graph above shows (using a …

Concrete

The Highly Skewed Growth of Incomes Since 1980: Only the Top 0.5% Have Done Better Than Before

A) Introduction The distribution of the gains from growth have become terribly skewed since around 1980, as the chart above shows and as has been …

Republicans Are Trying to Take Food Out of My Mouth

My food stamp benefits were recently slashed – an experience more Americans would have if GOP lawmakers get their way<p>Last month, as I peeled open an …

Income Inequality

The Extinction of the American Dream

<b>The poor are confronted with two choices: stay poor or get poorer. Here's why the American Dream is a continuing nightmare for so many.</b><p>More than 46 million Americans live in poverty in the U.S. And that's based on census data that usually doesn't record the homeless or many immigrants who are …

Most Americans Pessimistic About Chances At Staying Middle Class

The American Dream is based on a simple idea. Everyone has a fair shot at pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. But what happens when those bootstraps get frayed?<p>According to a report released Tuesday by the MacArthur Foundation, <b>79 percent of Americans think it's more likely for middle class</b> …

Demographics

Ayn Rand killed the American dream: Our free-market economy only works for the 1 percent

Bankers cash bonus checks while sending others to unemployment. Selfishness and deregulation made the rich richer<p>The billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros uses the term “free market fundamentalism” to describe the belief that the free market is not only the best but the <i>only</i> way of …

Middle class lawyers are a dying breed

Every year since 1967 the IRS has collected and released data about the tax returns of two different groups of lawyers: solo practitioners and law firm partners.<p>Adjusted for inflation, in 1967 law firm partners earned roughly $173,000 and solo practitioners earned $74,580.<p>Both of these amounts were …

Nonviolence as Compliance

Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order.<p>Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley …

Justice

Maryland Police Union President Says He’s Never Heard Of ‘Rough Rides’

Protests escalated in Baltimore on Saturday over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a serious spinal cord injury while in police custody. The …

Justice

The Powerful Scene On The Streets Of Baltimore Monday Night That No One Is Talking About

Violent rioting erupted on the streets of Baltimore on Monday, the day that a 25-year-old man who was killed while in police custody, Freddie Gray, …

Justice

A Baltimore Orioles executive issued a defense of Freddie Gray protesters—and it is perfect

Two States of Emergency in Baltimore

Justice requires that both the rioters and the city's rogue police officers be held to account.<p>On Monday, Americans watched televised images of riots and looting in Baltimore, Maryland, where days of peaceful protests sparked by the killing of Freddie Gray gave way to mayhem in at least several …

Police morale can wait: How the Baltimore riots should reshape Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s agenda

As the chaos in Baltimore has shown, it’s far too soon to shift our attention to the grievances of cops<p>Out of the many invisible and all-powerful forces that govern our universe, the cruelest must be Time. Whether you’re asking it to slow down for selfish reasons or to speed up for someone else, it …

Bobby Jindal just splintered the GOP: The unholy alliance between Fox News and the 1 percent can no longer stand

Wall Street and religious right were a winning team — for the rich. Now evangelicals want their share. Look out!<p>Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s op-ed in the New York Times marks the whimpering end of an unholy alliance. The letter itself was a ham-handed attempt to capture the 2016 evangelical vote …

Don’t blame rising inequality on technological change

“There is no alternative.” It is the slogan, battle cry and sneer of our era. It is ever present in this general election, like a police sentinel guarding a sacred political consensus, batoning anyone who deviates from received wisdom. The fortunes of Britain’s richest 1,000 can double in a period …

Income Inequality

5 signs America is devolving into a plutocracy

One-percent elections. Congressional gridlock. An increasingly demobilized public. Our democracy is on life support<p>Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand …

Middle-class neighborhoods: They're disappearing.

When people say Americans are dividing along class lines, they usually mean it as a metaphor. But it's also true in a literal sense. When it comes to …

New Health Rankings Score Counties On Income Inequality

Today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual County Health Rankings — but this time it added a little something extra. For the first time in the project’s six-year history, it’s taking into account income inequality.<p>The foundation started issuing the rankings in 2010 in partnership …

Demographics

There are two Americas for kids now, thanks to income inequality

On rare occasions, a book frames an issue so powerfully that it sets the terms of all future debate.<p>Robert Putnam’s <i>Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis</i> may do just this for the growing gulf between America’s rich and poor.<p>I was a member of Putnam’s research team for <i>Our Kids</i> during my studies at …

Income Inequality

The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics

So many of us are clueless about business and finance. Here’s why that’s just the way the investment class likes it<p>“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” – Honoré de Balzac.<p>The closest I ever came to acting like a rich person was two years ago when I short-sold my primary residence. I …

Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America

What frustrates Hanna Newberg about her life right now isn’t just that she’s working as a waitress at a chain restaurant or renting a small apartment in western Massachusetts. The problem, Newberg says, is that she did everything she was told she was supposed to do -- went to college, went to …

Income Inequality

The Middle Class Is Struggling in All 50 States

If the first decade and a half is any guide, the 21st century will not be known as the era of the middle class in the U.S.<p>The middle class shrunk in …

The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2012

Executive summary<p>Economic inequality is, at long last, commanding attention from policymakers, the media, and everyday citizens. There is growing …

Florida Police on Defense After Black Men's Mugshots Used for Target Practice

Police in North Miami Beach have been forced to defend using the mugshots of black men for target practice after a board riddled with gunshots that …

Law Enforcement

The Slow Strategy That Might Rebuild Middle-Class Wealth

New savings options—such as myRA and Secure Choice—might help ordinary Americans grow their assets without sacrificing emergency savings.<p>The middle class is in terrible shape. Wages are stagnant, the middle class’s share of the nation’s wealth has been declining for decades, and ordinary Americans …

How Police Training Contributes to Avoidable Deaths

To save lives, cops must be taught to think beyond the gun belt.<p>There have been too many lives lost to police killings. Too many phone calls telling families that their loved ones, particularly young black men, won’t be coming home. But in most cases, it isn’t because individual police officers are …