MIND THE GAP! Blog
Our entire nation suffers as the gap between those with enormous wealth and most of the rest of the nation continues to widen. Learn more about the causes and consequences of this huge wealth gap -- and give us your input!
In the Center for American Progress's blog, Jake Paysour examines the shared priorities of the #Occupy, or OWS, movement and the note released by the vatican late in October. He notes the moral nature of our economic crisis, writing:
Tuesday Nov. 8, polls will open for special elections in the United States Congress as well as local elections. While it is imperative to vote, it is equally as imperative to be cognizant of our other civic responsibilities.
“In the long run,” as Theodore Roosevelt told his fellow Americans back in 1912, “this country will not be a good place for any of us to live unless it is a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.”
Out of the 116 million households in America, two-thirds of
the nation's total income gains from 2002 to 2007 flowed to the top 1 percent
of U.S. households (or 1.2 million). Meanwhile, they have been handed over $700
billion in tax breaks. Check out this website to see a live count of the cost.
Over the past few months, we have looked at a wide variety of factors that contributed the wealth gap. Check out our newest resource, a handout that will take you on a quick journey through time to examine the role government regulations - or lack thereof - play in contributing to this growing inequaltiy.