Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander

Posted in News and politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by tenthltr2u

Dean BakerDean Baker
Co-director, CEPR;
author, ‘The End of Loser Liberalism:
 Making Markets Progressive’
Posted: 12/23/2013 11:45 pm

In his speech on inequality earlier this month, President Obama proclaimed that the government could not be a bystander in the effort to reduce inequality, which he described as the defining moral issue of our time. This left millions convinced that Obama would do nothing to lessen inequality.

The problem is that President Obama wants the public to believe that inequality is something that just happened. It turns out that the forces of technology, globalization, and whatever else simply made some people very rich and left others working for low wages or out of work altogether. The president and other like-minded people feel a moral compulsion to reverse the resulting inequality. This story is 180 degrees at odds with the reality. Inequality did not just happen, it was deliberately engineered through a whole range of policies intended to redistribute income upward.

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On December 28th Unemployment Benefits End for 1.3 Million Families — Merry Christmas from the GOP

Posted in News and politics with tags , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by tenthltr2u

 

Robert CreamerRobert Creamer
Political Organizer, Strategist, Author;
Partner Democracy Partners
Posted: 12/23/2013 8:51 am

Three days after Christmas, unemployment benefits end for 1.3 million people who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits, but still can’t find a job.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you have to be actively looking for a job. Virtually all of these people would rather work, but can’t find a job in today’s economy where there are three applicants for every job available.

But when the budget deal was negotiated in Congress over the last several weeks, Republican negotiators refused to agree to continue those unemployment benefits. And at the same time, they demanded the continuation of tax breaks for big oil companies and loopholes for Wall Street billionaires who get their income from hedge funds.

Merry Christmas from the GOP.

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This Is What It’s Like To Work Full Time And Still Be Poor

Posted in News and politics with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by tenthltr2u

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 12/25/2013 1:25 pm EST  |  Updated: 12/25/2013 1:26 pm EST

When working hard simply is not enough. When you are told time and time again that you do not have the right qualifications for a job. When you are living with a child on food stamps and the majority of your government subsidized income is devoted to baby formula. These are the stories of Americans who cannot make ends meet even while working at jobs that pay the minimum hourly wage.

Read Joanne’s story here.

“You plan on sending your kids to college. It’s now out of the question.”
larry
Read Larry’s story here.

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