Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Extreme inequalities of income, wealth and opportunity undercut democracy, social solidarity and mobility, economic stability, and many other aspects of our personal and public lives.  The Program on Inequality and the Common Good focuses on these and other dangers that income disparities pose for the U.S.

Through research and reporting, this program encourages policy interventions that can reduce extreme wealth inequality, and close the growing gap between the rich and poor. Recent reports have examined the estate tax, the racial wealth gap, inequality in philanthropy, and other topics related to extreme wealth concentration. The central theme of the program is that without significant reform and a systemic view of inequality on both a national and global level, the overall wealth divide will continue to grow exponentially.

Latest Work

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I Live in a ‘Shithole Country.’ It’s Called the United States.

A country’s greatness is measured not by its richest, but by how it treats its most vulnerable members. By that measure, we're a certified shithole.
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Who Owns Tips? If Trump’s Department of Labor Gets Its Way, Not Workers

A new proposal would take tips out of the hands of the people who earn them.
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How to Make Lawmakers Rue the Day They Voted for This Scam of a Tax Bill

We can use this bill as a catalyst for the next wave of tax-fairness and economic-justice organizing.
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Democrats Should Create Policies That Help the Black People Who Put Them In Power

They can start by addressing the racial wealth divide.
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The GOP's Tax Breaks for the Private Jet Set

The GOP tax bill carves out special provisions for private jet owners, while their budget plan doubles fees for commercial passengers.
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She's The Poster Child for Estate Tax Repeal, but Her Sad Family Saga Doesn't Add Up

Noem perpetuates the “estate tax hurts farmers” argument using her life experience. The story she tells, however, does not line up with some very basic tenets of the tax code.
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Kristi Noem Is Cashing Millions in Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies While Claiming the Estate Tax Hurt Her Family

The South Dakota Congresswoman sits on the Congressional conference committee hashing out the final version of the Republican tax bill. Whose interests is she serving?
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A Cruel Holiday Gift for Refugee Families

For 60,000 Haitian immigrants, this holiday season is filled with fear and uncertainty.
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Everyone Hates This Tax Bill

The more the public learns about the tax cut plan making its way through Congress, the more they hate it.
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The Government Has Failed the Poor Time and Time Again. Now, They're Failing the Middle Class,Too.

Since 1980, government programs have been failing America's poor. The GOP tax legislation essentially re-engineers government to fail America's middle class, too.
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The GOP’s Great Depression Tax Plan

What history will the 2017 tax clash end up making?
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How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich

We can take a lesson from 1932.

Report: High Flyers 2017

How the private jet lobby shifts costs to the rest of us, threatens our security, and fuels a warming planet.
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The GOP Tax Bill Does Nothing to Address Our Racial Wealth Divide

Instead, they're prioritizing private jet ownership over home ownership.
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Private Jets and Trust Fund Kids Show Where the GOP's Tax Priorities Lie

The private jets provision in the Senate bill is indicative of who's at the table – the wealthiest presidential cabinet in American history and their billionaire friends.
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America’s Wealth Inequality Has Reached Staggering New Levels

Most concerning is the potential for these wealth hoarders to use their outsized bank accounts to buy outsized power over our government.
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Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett Are Wealthier Than The Bottom Half of the Country Combined

That’s three people versus about 160 million people.
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Stop Talking About ‘Winners and Losers’ from Corporate Tax Cuts

No working person should pay more to reward billionaires and corporate tax dodgers.
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Trump's Tax Plan Taunts the Dignity of Labor

If it passes, this plan would have our national tax burden resting overwhelmingly on income from the labor of working people.
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It's the Best of Times for Billionaires, The Worst for Everyone Else

There's much to learn from Dickens' iconic story. Our revolution doesn't have to be as bloody.

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In the News

Are We Living in a Golden Age of Charitable Giving? Hardly.

Inside Philanthropy | November 30, 2017

What Will Be Our Answer to the Disappearance of Black Wealth?

Los Angeles Sentinel | October 19, 2017

Lee: We must close the racial wealth divide

East Bay Times | October 7, 2017

Trump Says A Corporate Tax Cut Would Create More Jobs

Insurance News Net | September 30, 2017