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Blogging Our Great Divide

New developments on the inequality front? Our Institute for Policy Studies editorial team tracks them here.

What George Will Got Wrong

March 26, 2015 /

by Betsy Wood

The growing gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else affects much more than the cost of a 50-inch plasma TV. George Will must be spending too much time with...

Enriching CEOs, Endangering Patients

March 26, 2015 /

by Sam Pizzigati

A new online petition drive is protesting the incredibly high prices that enormously overpaid pharmaceutical CEOs charge for cancer drugs. Peasants with pitchforks don’t normally wear lab coats and hold...

Tax Fairness Strikes a Chord

March 23, 2015 /

by Josh Hoxie

A new study shows broad public support for taxing the rich. You wouldn’t know it by watching our elected representatives in Congress this week, but Americans are embracing tax fairness....

Using the Family Farm to Help the Rich

March 20, 2015 /

by Chuck Collins

Estate tax opponents use farmers as props in recent House hearing. Yesterday, among other budget theatrics, House Republicans rolled out a show hearing to attack the federal estate tax. The...

Keeping Up With the Walton’s

March 19, 2015 /

by Betsy Wood

In the wake of Walmart's decision to raise workers' wages, Dollar General announced it will offer better schedules. Walmart's news-making decision to raise wages put pressure on other discount retailers...

A Promising Proposal in Rhode Island

March 17, 2015 /

by Sam Pizzigati

The basic idea behind legislation now pending in our smallest state: The taxes we pay should bankroll quality public services, not grand fortunes. The federal government alone, a new Congressional...

We Owe You Nothing!

March 11, 2015 /

by Josh Hoxie

A new landmark student debt strike is drawing attention to the desperate need for action on a student debt crisis that’s enriching a few at the expense of an entire...

A New Yardstick for Wall Street Bonuses

March 11, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

The financial industry’s 2014 bonuses doubled the combined earnings of all Americans who work full-time at the federal minimum wage. By Sarah Anderson Wall Street banks handed out $28.5 billion...

Study: Financial Tax Would Pay Off Big

March 8, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

A serious tax on financial industry high-rollers, says a new German study, would raise far more billions than previous estimates have assumed. By Sarah Anderson Elected leaders in Washington are...

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