Bill de Blasio just kicked off his official campaign to bring universal pre-kindergarten to all four-year-olds by raising taxes on New York City’s wealthiest citizens. Never mind the winter solstice. We’re blinded by the light.
The new mayor’s plan, a cornerstone of his agenda to combat inequality, aims to close the gap of the nearly 50,000 children, who now spend only half a day in pre-kindergarten—which will decidedly not do the trick—or who have no access whatsoever to the kind of high-quality early learning experiences so critical to school readiness and academic competence. To foot the bill, . . . Read full article →
I love how the think tanks are putting their social and intellectual capital to work in the service of fighting inequality. We can’t have enough people on board. Which is why I was happy to catch up with the Economic Policy Institute’s interactive website, inequality.is
Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration (Bill’s, that is) tells the tale in his calm, rational voice, which belies his outrage at the fact that 1 percent of Americans are taking home nearly 20 percent of the country’s total income, owning 35 percent of . . . Read full article →
Last week, at the launch of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, John Podesta, founder and chair of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, weighed in on the effect of growing inequality on the fabric of American life. From the bimah of the “I” Street synagogue, a cornerstone of the Capitol’s civic life for 200 years, he noted that the income distribution in the United States resembled that of El Salvador, and warned of the ill effects of current economic policy. “These trends aren’t abstractions,” he said.
Although the panels were riveting . . . Read full article →