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It’s Time To Take America’s Billionaire Class Head On

Private splendor and public squalor has never been more evident. While the recent election gave federal power to those who would widen the gap, state and local governments, the governments closest to the people, are where increasing needs, the perilous state of public services, and the growing disparity between the super-wealthy and the rest of us may offer fertile ground for progressive strategies that largely benefit those who voted for Trump.

February 3, 2017

Clinton Must Address Income Inequality In 2016

To win the White House, Hillary Clinton will need a campaign about leveling the playing field.

February 14, 2015

Oxfam: Richest 1 Percent Soon To Own Half Of World’s Wealth

Inequality is even worse than you might think.

January 19, 2015

How Government Helps The 1 Percent

Government redistribution is very real — but it flows from the 99 percent to the top.

January 15, 2015

Van Hollen Tax Proposal An Economic And Political Home Run

Democrats are finally having the economic conversation they want.

January 13, 2015

America’s Natural Politics

My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only he didn’t know it. Didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a phrase that he used to express the gist of his political beliefs: “Everybody does better when everybody does better.” Before […]

September 17, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Divided: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, a collection of essays edited by David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, best-selling author, and regular contributor to The National Memo. The growing gap between rich and poor remains a dominant issue among the 99 percent, but without the support of a majority of elected leaders, the middle […]

May 31, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Ghosts Of Tom Joad: A Story Of The #99Percent’

At age 53, everything changed. I was run out of the good job I had held for over 20 years, and for a long time the pension I’d earned, the thing I had counted on to provide for me, was in jeopardy. My skill set was pretty narrow, the market was tough and nobody with […]

May 3, 2014

The 5 Best States To Be A Member Of The 1 Percent

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) provides further evidence that the serious problem of growing income inequality in the United States has worsened in recent years. According to the report, income in the nation grew 36.9 percent between 1979 and 2007, but 53.9 percent of that growth was shared among the top […]

February 24, 2014

5 Reasons (Some Of) The 1 Percent Is So Upset At President Obama

You’d think the super rich would be thrilled. Since the recovery from 2008’s financial crisis began, 95 percent of the wealth created has gone to the richest 1 percent, which is why most Americans feel as if there has been no recovery at all. But venture capitalist Tom Perkins thinks progressive rhetoric isn’t just reflective […]

January 27, 2014

Willful Blindness Worsens Inequality

The rich really are getting richer, while the vast majority is getting poorer. All you have to do is look at the official government data to know this. Sadly, though, most of our nationally prominent journalists, especially David Brooks of The New York Times and PBS, do not know this because they neglect to do […]

January 17, 2014

Wall Street’s 1 Percent Meets 2 Billion Seeking Answers

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — It’s all about location, location, location, as they say in real estate. Protests, too. There were more obvious places for Tokyo’s Occupy Wall Street protest to converge on Saturday than the nightlife district of Roppongi. It could have begun in Nihonbashi, home to the Tokyo Stock Exchange; Nagatacho, Japan’s Capitol Hill; […]

October 18, 2011

Part Group Therapy, Part Protest: Hundreds Descend On Manhattan To Occupy Wall Street

Outraged at money’s outsized — and growing — influence on politics, and still fuming at the bailout of the banks in 2008 and what they see as coddling of the industry since then, about a thousand activists came together in and around Wall Street on Saturday to lay their grievances at the doorsteps of America’s […]

September 18, 2011