“America’s inequality crisis is about so much more than money: The ugly realities that elude our politicians”


SALON

Inequality is about much more than the growing chasm of income and wealth between those at the very top and everyone else in America. It’s also about education, environmental hazards, health and health care, incarceration, law enforcement, wage theft and policies that interfere with family life over multiple generations.

In its full dimensions, inequality shapes, distorts and destroys lives in ways that get little attention from politicians and major news organizations. How many of us know that every day 47 American babies die, who would live if only our nation had the much better infant mortality rates of Sweden?

“Poverty is not natural,” Nelson Mandela once said. “It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

The man-made disparities between the rich and the poor are a threat to the liberties of the people. Plutarch, the Greco-Roman historian, observed more than 2000 years ago that, “an imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” MORE

“Top U.S. CEOs make 300 times what workers earn”


CBS NEWS

How do you value the efforts of America’s top chief executives? Are they worth 10 times what their average worker makes, 20 times or even 100 times?

The current answer appears to be a ratio of more than 300-to-1, according to a new study from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. The meteoric rise of CEO pay is nothing short of breathtaking, outpacing not only the wages of ordinary workers, but also gains in the stock market and the not-too-shabby rise of income among America’s 0.1 percent of top earners. MORE

“Hillary Clinton Sides With Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Against Obama Trade Agenda”


POLITICUS USA

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“Why don’t poor people just get jobs? Because they already did.”


DAILY KOS

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“Guess who else is shipping our jobs overseas?”


DAILY KOS

You are.

That’s right, YOU, the American consumer.

Because you just go out and buy gobs and gobs of shit and you don’t give a damn if its made here or not. And because you do that, there is always going to be someone willing to make your shit overseas and ship it to you. In fact, YOU are actually the biggest problem here. More than free trade. More than globalization. More than technology. MORE

“Graduation gift for the Class of 2015: Jobs”


CBS NEWS

JOB PLEASE

“Economic recovery? Not for Ferguson or black America”


MSNBC

Job seekers fill out paperwork during a Virgin Hotels job fair in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 5, 2014. Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty

Job seekers fill out paperwork during a Virgin Hotels job fair in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 5, 2014. Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty

“President Obama Advances 478 Billion Dollar Infrastructure Funding Proposal”


POLITICUS USA

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“Can America handle the truth on race?”


CNN

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

“Democrats Could Uphold Obama Veto Of Pipeline Legislation, Schumer Says”


THE NATIONAL MEMO

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