Critical Issue: Is America Becoming More Unequal?

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Patrika Anderson
9/7/11
African Diaspora/Edwards
Critical Issue Report

The Issue: Is America becoming more unequal?
Significance of the Issue:
I ask how America is becoming more unequal, if she wasn’t equal to begin with. The great Karl Max said “America has always been unequal to and that it’s based off of the philosophy of “Capitalism”, which is an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange for wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporation, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth .So is America becoming more unequal the answer is yes? My next question is this a good or bad thing. I say it’s a bad thing because inequality is not fair at all. But then you have the people that say no to the issue because we have a black president, but I think that the dumbest answer I’ve ever heard. The fact that we have a black president doesn’t mean anything. It still doesn’t compensate for the lack of healthcare to the lower class or why they are raising taxes, or why racialism is still in effect, or politics. The world will and has always been divided based upon race. And that’s why I think this issue is important to me and my classmates.

Findings:
Most people who believe that America is becoming more unequal is not a good prospect and causes the inequality of health outcome due to insufficient wages, a high ratio of high political office wages to lower working class wages and immature emphases of wealth to people less fortunate. James K. Galbraith of the Free Press says that “American citizens have grown, and now it is wider than at any other time since the Great Depression. It is so wide that it has come, once again, to threaten the social solidarity and stability of the country. It has come to undermine our sense of ourselves as a nation of equals. In this way, rising inequality presents a stark challenge to American national life.” Another issue with the growing inequality is through politics. It continues with the fact that we are not a free democracy. It’s based upon the working middle class and we are constantly convinced that our society grows closer to equality and a better life for all citizens. But at the same time people without capitol and control have limited power over the government which are representing the. In result of this prices are rising and the working middle class are getting in more and deeper debt, and can’t afford healthcare. When the governments keep telling us everything is ok and the economy is getting better. We all know that’s a lie. Some people say different from the majority and think that America’s growing economic inequality benefits the country as a whole. Elizabeth Gudrais a writer in Harvard Magazine suggests that inequality, “serves to motivate,” and that inequality may act on the human psyche to elicit hard work and high achievement, but it also may make us more individualistic. Edward Greenberg & Benjamin Page, authors of The Struggle for Democracy say differently. They say that “defenders of the American society and economy think that through the inequality in America, “everyone is better off but incomes rise faster for those on the top than those on the bottom.” On The Issues say’s that Bill Clinton left us on the brink of recession meaning he was the one to start this whole mess when he left office in 2001. Bill Clinton was our 42nd president and served as president for two terms he was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of perjury. When Clinton was elected president in 1993 he increased taxes which in short term revenues to the government, and served as an anchor to stop economic growth. In 1994 this thing called the Republican Revolution which was the Republican Party taking over proved to counterbalanced Clinton’s attempt to expand the government. They stopped his mission of taking over the healthcare system, and...
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