By Benjamin I.
Contemporary battles in Washington over the right way to repair America’s financial mess ups bolstered the common influence that monetary concerns sharply divide commonplace voters. certainly, many commentators cut up americans into opposing teams: uncompromising supporters of unfettered loose markets and advocates for presidency recommendations to fiscal difficulties. yet such dichotomies, Benjamin web page and Lawrence Jacobs contend, ring fake. in school warfare? they current compelling facts that the majority american citizens want unfastened firm and functional govt courses to distribute wealth extra equitably.At each source of revenue point and in either significant political events, majorities embody conservative egalitarianism—a philosophy that prizes individualism and self-reliance in addition to public intervention to assist americans pursue those beliefs on a degree taking part in box. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of opinion reports spanning greater than seventy years, together with a brand new accomplished survey, web page and Jacobs exhibit that this worldview interprets to huge aid for rules aimed toward narrowing the space among wealthy and terrible and developing real chance for all. They locate, for instance, that throughout financial, geographical, and ideological traces, so much american citizens aid greater minimal wages, more advantageous public schooling, wider entry to common medical insurance assurance, and using tax money to fund those programs.In this spectacular and heartening evaluation, web page and Jacobs offer our new management with a well-liked mandate to wrestle the commercial inequity that plagues our state. (20090422)
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24 2 Caring about Economic Inequality The idea that Americans are aware of economic inequality and are quite concerned about it ﬂies in the face of conventional views of America. To some, the very suggestion that Americans care about inequality borders on fantasy or, worse, invites dangerous demagogic appeals. Despite such denials and warnings, solid evidence from surveys unmistakably demonstrates the truth: Americans know about, and worry about, the large and widening gap between the rich and everyone else.
The reality is that most Americans are in fact willing to pay taxes to fund concrete pragmatic programs to establish and protect individual opportunity. Of course Americans don’t enjoy paying taxes. For years, large majorities have called their own taxes too high. But this is only part of the story. Chapter 4 documents majority support among Americans (including majorities of Republicans and of the afﬂuent) for using their tax dollars—and even paying higher taxes—to help fund concrete government programs targeted to jobs and wages, educational opportunity, and protections against illness or deprivation that rob Americans of the chance to make their way in the world.
Yet there are reasons to expect that Americans might not care (or at least not care intensely) about our lopsided distributions of income and wealth. ” Human nature and American culture tend to exalt the rich. Sure, we sometimes resent the shallowness of movie stars or big-name business executives— 26 caring about economic inequality why would anyone spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a champagne fountain? But periodic digs at the pettiness and bad behavior of a few super rich are accompanied by a deeper fascination with wealth and adulation of it.
Class War?: What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality by Benjamin I.