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. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with Jacob Hacker, co-author of the new book Winner Take All Politics.
Heâ€™ll be speaking in Sarasota in a few days. But first some listener comments about yesterdayâ€™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 itâ€™s ever been since 1928 - the year before the stack market collapse. In their new book Winner Take All Politics, co-authorâ€™s Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson say the disparity is not the result of globalization or changes in technology. Itâ€™s the result of deliberate government policies that tilted toward the rich beginning in the 1970â€™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)