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President Obama disputed the notion that income inequality and related problems affect mostly African Americans and Hispanics, saying these issues cut across socioeconomic lines. "The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race," and that gap is growing.Reducing inequality should help all Americans, "We need to dispel the myth that the goals of growing the economy and reducing inequality are necessarily in conflict. The trickle-down GOP ideology that reduced the power of unions, and led to tax cuts "for the wealthiest, while investments in things that make us all richer, like schools and infrastructure, were allowed to wither."USA Today
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Tonight I welcome one of my favorite people in the world.. Join Butterfly Evolution in welcoming my son Brandon Gaitor as my very special guest. Brandon has a heart for people and unity in the City of Memphis. Tune in tonight as we discuss the effects of Economic Inequality and what measures are being taken to remedy this new form of institutionalized passive aggressive Jim Crow.
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Dr. Mark Frank is a Professor in the Department of Economics and International Business at Sam Houston State University.
He is an award-winning educator, former President of the Faculty Senate, and active research scholar.
His research focuses primarily on issues relating to income inequality in the United States.
Dr. Frank is most noted for the development of a comprehensive panel of income inequality measures for each state annually since 1916.
This unique data set is freely available, and has put Dr. Frank among the top 10% of all ecomomist in terms of downloaded material over the past several years.
One of a series of conversations about income inequality, economics and public policy, the 1%, plutocracy, income distribution and wealth distribution with Jay Ackroyd.
A movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; Stuart uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism.
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Educational Inequality and America’s Future: What Must Be Done?
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond is one of the world's most eloquent, authoritative, compassionate, and prolific voices for equity, social justice, and the transformation of schools and teacher education.
Dr. Hammond's indisputable and chilling statistics document the extent to which the United States faces a national crisis because students on other nations such as South Korea, Finland, Japan and the United Kingdom are outperforming US students in math and science achievement.
As we are striving to prepare African American students for a global world market, how do they compare? What policies for Quality and Equality toward genuine School Reform do we consider?
“I am convinced that the decisions we make on these issues over the next few years,” he said, “will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where opportunity is real.” An American child born into the lowest 20 percent income level has a less than a 1-in-20 chance of making it to the top, as Mr. Obama pointed out. But one born in the top 20 percent has a 2-in-3 chance of staying there. And the top 10 percent now takes half of the national income, up from a third in 1979. That’s a level of inequality on par with Jamaica and Argentina, and such concentrated wealth leads to more frequent recessions, higher household debt and growing cynicism and despondency.
David and Jay Ackroyd discuss questions, issues raised in Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality Edited by David Cay Johnston.
Over thirty leading economists, journalists, and scholars explore the most urgent issue of our times: the upward redistribution of wealth and income in America. Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
Issue: Blacks probably shouldn't become homeowners. Who's to Blame?
Are Blacks burdened by historical factors, such as decades of discrimination, when it comes to owning a home? I find it no surprise that homes in Black neighborhoods are worth less, cause it's racial!
Are Blacks to Blame for their own home depreciation? Blacks can afford to integrate into more diverse neighborhoods. But the whitest neighborhoods have the greatest value, allegedly.
Should anyone put money into a home? Seriously, is it worth it?
It comes as no surprise that there is a significant disconnect between the status of the sexes. Look no further than the workplace where we see women doing the work of men, yet few rise to the salary or stature of men. Why does this continue after all the progress we have made? Aren't women just as capable as men? Are men too ego-driven to allow a fair chance? How do we correct this imbalance? Listen as Debra and I pass this subject around.
"Here in the United States, our high level of income inequality corresponds with 883,914 unnecessary deaths each year." According to the CDC tobacco, including second hand smoke, causes approximately 480,000 deaths every year and in 2010 traffic accidents killed 33,687 people and 31,672 others died of gunshot wounds." High inequality results in more U.S. deaths than Tobacco, Car Crashes and Guns combined....truthdig.com
Democrats are also carefully choosing their rhetoric. Some have invoked the popular Pope Francis, who recently warned that income inequality will lead to “an economy of exclusion.” Some are citing economist Mark Zandi, former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona, who defends benefits for the long-term unemployed as a boost to economic growth.2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comment about the 47 percent of Americans who are “dependent on government” and “unwilling to take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” It reinforced his plutocrat image in the 2012 campaign, which Obama went on to win handily even in a bad economy. CS