Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Wonkblog Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Jeff Stein by Jeff Stein Email the author April 6 at 12:00 PM Email the author Security guards at the elite business conference in Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) Imagine you had complete control of the U.S. government: What one thing would you do to reduce the country’s staggering economic inequality? It’s no small task: The 400 richest Americans control more wealth than the poorest 80 million households, and as the richest citizens continue to capture the lion’s share of new wealth — the top 5 percent has captured 74 percent of the wealth created in this country since 1982 — the situation is only growing more extreme. But while there’s consensus that America is a wildly unequal country, there’s broad disagreement on what, if anything, should be done to address that. That’s certainly true in Congress, where disagreement and deadlock have consigned… Read full this story
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