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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!

Visualizing $1 trillion

Jul 12, 2011 | By Page May

The 400 wealthiest families in the U.S. own $1.37 trillion. What can that money buy? Read more to find out!

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11 Things the Richest US Households Can Buy That You Can't

Jul 12, 2011 | By Page May

From United for a Fair Economy-

The 400 wealthiest families in the U.S. aren’t just filthy rich, they are downright dirty. Collectively, these households own $1.37 trillion dollars; a number so high that it’s nearly impossible to comprehend. Here are 11 shocking things $1.37 trillion can buy that you can’t:

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Measure More than GDP!

Jul 11, 2011 | By Shannon Hughes

What if we cared enough about our wellness as people to run statistics about it on a ticker in Times Square? In the Philippines, governors compete for prestige by reporting on and their economic accomplishments, but also their people's rank according to  the United Nations' Human Development Index. Government in the US, however, doesn't officially use this data, instead focusing on stock prices and the GDP to tell us something about the success of our country.

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Tax Infographic

Jul 11, 2011 | By Page May

 

Check out the rest of this great infographic by clicking this link.

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All about taxes! Three new resources!

Jul 11, 2011 | By Page May

Here at NETWORK, we’ve been talking a lot about taxes lately: why are they important, where does our nation stand in terms of tax policy, and what are we advocating for? It’s a confusing, number-heavy, and sometimes dry subject but, without a doubt, it is an essential conversation to be having!

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Your Federal Taxpayer Receipt

Jul 07, 2011 | By Page May

Understand how and where your tax dollars are being spent. 

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Putting Tax Rates Into Historical Perspective

Jul 06, 2011 | By Page May

Remapping Debate has developed a new, interactive tool! It allows you to compare the current federal income taxes you pay this year to any other year since World War II. 

You may be surprised at what you see!

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New Resource: Being Mindful of the Gap

Jun 30, 2011 | By Page May

What’s wrong with these headlines?

Combating the Poverty Crisis in Black America 

African Americans: The State of Disparity

In 1999 Martin Gilens wrote in “Why Americans Hate Welfare” that:

  • 65 percent of poor Americans shown in network television news are African American.
  • 62 percent of poor Americans shown in newsmagazines are black.
  • In surveys, over half of the public says most poor people are black; only one out of four say most poor people are white.
  • In reality, African Americans make up only 29 percent of the country's poor.

Today this gross inconsistency- between people’s racialized perception of poverty in the United States and the actual diversity of experiences- persists and continues to undermine the movement for economic justice.

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The Spirit Level

Jun 30, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

Many of us at NETWORK were intrigued by The Spirit Level – Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, the book that shows why a less-equal society is bad for everyone.

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New Quiz:The Global Gap!

Jun 29, 2011 | By Page May

Test you knowledge of international wealth disparity with this new quiz!

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