Inequalities in United States

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Inequalities in United States The United States has been seen by both its citizens and those abroad as a place where one can pursue an American Dream. Unfortunately, in the modern world this “American Dream” has been proven time and again to be a lie. While many may deny the effects of the United States current economic, societal, and political climate, statistics and facts point to the death of the American Dream and greater disparity in overall equality. Therefore, while it may be a debated idea, inequality in the United States is not a debatable idea. Based upon social class and political power in public policy, the United States has proven to be a nation where the economy, society, and political system do not function in the same way for all of its citizens, and everybody works for the benefit of the few, and against the interest of the many. Professors Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson argued in their book, “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer – and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class” (2010), that changing tax rates has been a major factor underlying growing inequality. They claim that the globalization and technological changes are not the causes of economic struggles of the middle and working classes in the United States. Instead they blame a long series of policy changes in government that significantly favored the very rich since the late 1970s. Those changes were the result of, well-financed and well-organized efforts by the corporate sector to push government policies to lean in favor of the very wealthy. Government policy plays a important role in increasing the rate of inequality. The rich use their wealth to take advantage of lobbying the politicians — Democrats and Republicans — to ensure the smooth passage of a legislation that redistributes wealth from the working class and the poor to themselves. Even though the income of
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