Topics – PF Apr ’16 – Income inequality – resources

First, the Dropbox links:

The Extemp Files were just updated, late last night, through Wednesday’s/yesterday’s articles. I’m also starting to get the Extemp Backfiles folder populated. I tend to put infrastructure articles in the Economic Crisis – US folder. Check the Poverty folder for means-tested programs, though some may be in both folders. I’ve also posted my Economics folder, which goes back years and covers a broader range of economic topics than do the Extemp subfolders.

Specific articles:

This is the best Pro article I’ve found; it argues that there are simply too many workers – and that the solution is a massive infrastructure program. First, the article, and then a link to the report on which it’s based (really long and detailed).

The world has too many workers – Here’s one way to fix it

GLUT: The U.S. Economy and the American Worker in the Age of Oversupply

For those taking a Con position in favor of means-tested programs: First, a good overview article with a lot of key information every Con side should have, then two on the SNAP program changes.

The End of Welfare as We Know It – The Atlantic

Thousands Could Lose Food Stamps as States Restore Pre-Recession Requirements

The controversial reason tens of thousands of people just lost their food stamps

Housing costs, and a good chart with some interesting income numbers that should benefit the Con side.

It’s getting more expensive to be poor

From the last four articles, would anything other than direct welfare programs really help those at the bottom? How would infrastructure spending benefit them?

One of the major uses of wealth (assets) is to produce income. This can be through financial investments (stocks, bonds, whatever), real estate (rental, to produce revenue, or sold for prices higher than originally paid), or other methods. To the extent that income inequality is an extension of wealth inequality, the following report is relevant.

Billionaire Bonanza – The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us – Institute for Policy Studies

What do the numbers in this report tell us about the resolution?

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