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Category: Income inequality
July 1, 2014 at 6:04 AM

The problems with concentrated wealth

Columnist David Brooks has a peculiar perspective on the meaning of democracy and a rather selective view of the course of history [“The spiritual recession,” Opinion, June 28]. Brooks is correct in warning against “concentrated power.” But there is no mention in his essay of the urgent crisis in the U.S. today whereby untold…

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Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: American history, David Brooks, Joe Martin

May 13, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Income inequality: Capitalism as we practice it must be wrong

Paul Krugman’s syndicated column on really hit me in the gut [“Why economics failed,” Opinion, May 3]. I can’t imagine an economic system being supported where 25 hedge-fund managers make more than twice what all the kindergarten teachers in America make. Capitalism as we practice it must be wrong as that’s the wrong…

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Comments | More in Economy, Income inequality | Topics: Capitalism, income inequality, John Pehrson

May 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Drug clemency: Our system disadvantages the poor, minorities

Leonard Pitts in his syndicated column “A nation divided, with liberty and justice for some” [Opinion, April 27] describes the two-tiered system of criminal justice in this country. I would go further to say the laws and government of the nation are biased toward the middle class and wealthy and increasingly disadvantage the poor,…

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Comments | More in drugs, Income inequality | Topics: drugs, income inequality, Leslie Jordan

May 1, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Banned NBA owner: Others in the national spotlight behave hypocritically as well

I applaud syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts for his column shining light on the hypocrisy in how our culture deals with the utterances of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy [“On race, meet dumb and dumberer,” Opinion, April 29]. It appears that Sterling’s bigotry was common knowledge in the NBA, but it took a very…

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Comments | More in Income inequality, Race | Topics: Cliven Bundy, Coca-Cola, Donald Sterling

February 13, 2014 at 6:02 AM

U.S. workforce: Revise hourly wage system for low-paid workers

Ross Douthat’s syndicated column, “Leaving work behind” [Opinion, Feb. 11], juxtaposes liberal and conservative solutions to the tendency of low paid workers to leave the workforce. One other solution should be considered: amendments to the wage and hour laws. If, over the course of a number of years, the 40 workweek were reduced to…

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Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: jobs, Obamacare, Ross Douthat

February 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Gender pay gap: Take action on inequities facing women

Amy Martinez’s gender pay gap article, “Washington is among worst states for gender gap in income,” [Business/Technology, Jan. 24] highlighted a critical issue at a time when our state legislators have just convened. I was appalled at the tone of many of the comments on this article, dismissing it as “male bashing” or another…

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Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: American Association of University Women, Amy Martinez, Barbara Sando

January 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Reducing income inequality is in everyone’s interest; the argument for progressive taxes

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Reducing inequality is in everyone’s interest

David Brooks’ column “The inequality problem and its roots” [Opinion, Jan. 18] got it wrong.

First, his focus on the top 5 percent and the “bottom end” misses the middle class. Second, although he is correct that the causes of inequality are complex, he is wrong to suggest that there are “two different constellations of problems” that are not related.

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Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: Carol Levin, David Brooks, economy