The 30 Year Rise In Income Disparity In The U.S.

03/11/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with Jacob Hacker, co-author of the new book Winner Take All Politics.

He’ll be speaking in Sarasota in a few days. But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about the direction the country is going- especially now that state legislatures in Tallahassee, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana are rolling back protection for workers and reducing worker benefits.

The disparity between rich and poor in the US is the worst it’s ever been since 1928 - the year before the stack market collapse. In their new book Winner Take All Politics, co-author’s Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson say the disparity is not the result of globalization or changes in technology. It’s the result of deliberate government policies that tilted toward the rich beginning in the 1970’s. Jacob Hacker who is a political science professor at Yale joins us now on the phone. He'll be speaking this coming Tuesday night at 7 in Sarasota at Forum Truth.

Book: WINNER TAKE ALL POLITICS: HOW WASHINGTON MADE THE RICH RICHER AND TURNED ITS BACK ON THE MIDDLE CLASS (Simon and Schuster)

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This is news? This is shameful.

My title says it all. The political process is in the hands of representatives because the people are not going out to vote. If everyone how lost their job voted their wallet, I suppose corporate welfare, as we know it, would end. However, the folks don't vote, the laws are passed by the representatives of the big corporations and you will lose. It's happening in Wisconsin now. Unions brought us: no child labor laws, the 40 hour work week, overtime, the labor laws protecting workers from dangerous conditions and the world's first majority Middle Class. Without voting and without Union membership, say goodbye to your job and wage and job protections. If China had independent unions, they would be buying our stuff and we'd be competing. Also, they Chinese worker wouldn't be earning seventy-five cents an hour.