The Bad News about Good Census Numbers

The Bad News about Good Census Numbers

Poverty is down, median income is up and health coverage expanded last year. These gains are felt across all racial, ethnic, gender and age groups in the U.S. The gender pay gap, income inequality, unemployment rates – all decreasing. Both the poor and those with...
Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything...

New Guide Explains How and Why America Has Become So Unequal

Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality, a new publication of Inequality.org by Colin Gordon, dives deeply into history, explores current events, and examines the root causes of inequality. Washington DC – Inequality.org, the best online resource on...
Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Most Americans didn’t see it coming. Back at the end of 2004, our nation’s leading economic indicator, the Gross Domestic Product, was soaring along at a robust rate of over 4 percent per year. The prospects for continued prosperity,...
More Than 46 Million Americans Still in Poverty

More Than 46 Million Americans Still in Poverty

This blogpost originally appeared on Truthout. According to Census Bureau figures released today, 15 percent of the US population lives in poverty. In 2011, more than 46 million Americans lived below a poverty line that was set more than four decades ago, in 1969. The...

The Business Case Against Overseas Tax Havens

Kate’s Café and AAA Appliance probably pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than profitable Fortune 500 companies. In the U.S., thanks in part to overseas tax havens, we have one tax system for multinational companies and wealthy individuals...

Shifting Responsibility

The scene has become depressingly familiar. A governor — or a mayor or a county executive — steps to the podium and somberly intones the necessity of making “hard choices” and “living within our means.” The elected leader then...

No Bernie Madoff for the Most Vulnerable to Blame

Amidst interminable “reporting” on the “poor” victims of Ponzi maven Bernie Madoff — would anyone care if people had blown $65 billion trying to get richer in Las Vegas? An alarming July 5 NY Times headline informs: “Safety Net Is...