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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!

Inequality Hurts: The Unhealthy Side Effects of Economic Disparity

Sep 30, 2011 | By Shannon Hughes

In this ten minute segment from Wednesday's NewsHour on PBS, Paul Solman investigates the repercussions wealth disparity has on our health. His search leads him to conversations with "epidemiologists, former six-figure income earners who are chronically unemployed and poor teenagers who struggle with inequality each day" as well as Dr. Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level.

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The Reality of Tax Breaks for Wealthy Businesses and Individuals

Sep 29, 2011 | By Matthew Shuster

I attended a lunch meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building entitled “Are Investment Incentives Necessary in Corporate Tax Reform?” with Donald Marron, the director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Rob Atkinson, from the Technology and Innovation Foundation, and Michelle Hanlon, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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“Class Warfare” – What Nonsense

Sep 23, 2011 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

How appalling that the cry of “class warfare!” is currently drowning out reasonable people who say that all groups in our nation should pay our fair share in taxes -- and that includes millionaires and billionaires!

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NPR on "Mending" the Wealth Gap

Sep 16, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

In the midst of disheartening data regarding the rise of inequality in our nation, it is encouraging that some communities are taking time to mind the gap by working on measures to mend it. This piece by NPR highlights a new program that encourages lower-income youth to achieve a higher education.

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HuffPost Reveals More on Wealth Gap

Sep 16, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

Take a look at this new post (“Wealth Gap: How Far Apart Are The Bottom 50 Percent And The Top 1 Percent? “) on Huffington Post. Excerpts appear below.

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Wash. Post Shows How Tax Policy Worsens Wealth Gap

Sep 12, 2011 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

As pointed out by today's  (Sept. 12) front page article, "For the very richest Americans, low tax rates on capital gains are better than any Christmas gift." Our nation cannot afford daily Christmas gifts for the super-wealthy!

Here is the article, which should spur us all to demand change.

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The Isle of the Dogs

Aug 18, 2011 | By Page May

We are immediately limiting the success of anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs when we ask “Why are the poor poor?” instead of “Why is there poverty?”

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Can the Middle Class Be Saved?

Aug 17, 2011 | By Shannon Hughes

"The ease with which the rich and well educated have shrugged off the recession shouldn’t be surprising; strong winds have been at their backs for many years. The recession, meanwhile, has restrained wage growth and enabled faster restructuring and offshoring, leaving many corporations with lower production costs and higher profits—and their executives with higher pay."

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Let's Organize!

Aug 11, 2011 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

We can’t afford to believe that there is nothing we can do to address the awful wealth disparities in the U.S.!

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Letters to the Editor

Aug 11, 2011 | By Mary Georgevich

Letters to the editor are a great way to help spread the word about the campaign and educate others about the wealth gap.

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