Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Extreme inequalities of income, wealth and opportunity undercut democracy, social solidarity and mobility, economic stability, and many other aspects of our personal and public lives.  The Program on Inequality and the Common Good focuses on these and other dangers that income disparities pose for the U.S.

Through research and reporting, this program encourages policy interventions that can reduce extreme wealth inequality, and close the growing gap between the rich and poor. Recent reports have examined the estate tax, the racial wealth gap, inequality in philanthropy, and other topics related to extreme wealth concentration. The central theme of the program is that without significant reform and a systemic view of inequality on both a national and global level, the overall wealth divide will continue to grow exponentially.

Latest Work

The Government Has Failed the Poor Time and Time Again. Now, They’re Failing the Middle Class,Too.

Since 1980, government programs have been failing America’s poor. The GOP tax legislation essentially re-engineers government to fail America’s middle class, too.

The GOP’s Great Depression Tax Plan

What history will the 2017 tax clash end up making?

How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich

We can take a lesson from 1932.

Report: High Flyers 2017

How the private jet lobby shifts costs to the rest of us, threatens our security, and fuels a warming planet.

The GOP Tax Bill Does Nothing to Address Our Racial Wealth Divide

Instead, they’re prioritizing private jet ownership over home ownership.

Private Jets and Trust Fund Kids Show Where the GOP’s Tax Priorities Lie

The private jets provision in the Senate bill is indicative of who’s at the table – the wealthiest presidential cabinet in American history and their billionaire friends.

America’s Wealth Inequality Has Reached Staggering New Levels

Most concerning is the potential for these wealth hoarders to use their outsized bank accounts to buy outsized power over our government.

Stop Talking About ‘Winners and Losers’ from Corporate Tax Cuts

No working person should pay more to reward billionaires and corporate tax dodgers.

Trump’s Tax Plan Taunts the Dignity of Labor

If it passes, this plan would have our national tax burden resting overwhelmingly on income from the labor of working people.

It’s the Best of Times for Billionaires, The Worst for Everyone Else

There’s much to learn from Dickens’ iconic story. Our revolution doesn’t have to be as bloody.

There Can Be No Genuine Tax Reform Without Addressing Hidden Wealth

The recently leaked Paradise Papers underscore the need to crack down on tax dodging instead of passing another giveaway for the wealthy.

If The Trump-GOP Tax Plan Passes, Kiss Your Home’s Equity Goodbye!

The Trump-GOP tax plan is a declaration of war on homeowners, homebuilders, realtors, and the mortgage industry.

Report: Billionaire Bonanza 2017

The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us

Trump’s Tax Cuts Are the Biggest Wealth Grab in Modern History

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is nothing short of a boon to the very wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

How To Stop Corporations from Blackmailing Congress

Local institutions should start leveraging their economic clout on behalf of the low- and moderate-income communities that surround them.

This Year’s Real Halloween Horror

The family that has made billions off trick-or-treat candy has gone generations without paying any appreciable tax on its enormous fortune.

If You Want to Collect Social Security, Trump’s Tax Plan Is an Outrage

You probably pay about four times more of your income to Social Security than millionaires, who want to cut their taxes and your benefits.

No, Mr. President, the Deduction for State Income Tax Isn’t a Loophole

The one “loophole closing” Trump has proposed would actually reduce tax revenue- state tax revenue, that is.

Luxury Jets Are Getting Cheaper. That Means More Air Pollution and Traffic Jams For the Rest of Us.

The deals on luxury private jets have never been sweeter. The reality of what that means for the rest of us could hardly be more bitter.