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Cost of Tax Cuts

Nov 03, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

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.

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The economy explained. In 135 seconds!

Jun 27, 2011 | By Page May

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said he could explain the problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it (with illustrations to boot). It’s great! Check it out.

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Frames for Economic Justice

Jun 07, 2011 | By Page May

Last week, I attended a United for a Fair Economy “Training of the Trainers” workshop in Baltimore. In one of my favorite activities, we participants brainstormed a list of the values, images, and ideas that we envision for a just economy. We were then asked to come up with new “frames” that capture the collective vision.

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Video- What Does the Wealth Gap Sound Like?

May 13, 2011 | By Page May

Learn about the growing wealth divide in the United States through a creative exercise linking sound with inequality.

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What have we learned from the recent economic downturn?

The economic meltdown created an extremely fluid landscape. It is difficult to predict accurately how all of this will “shake out,” but we do believe that the economy will continue to be at the center of much of the movement in this session of Congress – especially regarding financial regulation and jobs.

In a healthy economy, enough money moves through the hands of enough people so that most can buy the necessities of life. In a meltdown, the money flow stops: you can’t buy groceries because I can’t pay your wages because the person who bought my products can’t pay me.

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