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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Middle Class, Poor Losing Ground to Rich

One of the least discussed topics in conservative circles these days is inequality of wealth and income. Yet, as TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira points out in the latest edition of his ‘Public Opinion Watch’, “public awareness of inequality is very high these days,” according to the Pew Research Center’s New American Values survey:

…One survey question asked respondents if they agreed that today the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. About three-quarters (76 percent) agreed, while just 23 percent disagreed.
And it’s not just the poor who are losing ground to the rich–it’s the middle class as well. In the same survey three-quarters (76 percent) also say the gap between the standards of living of the middle class and the rich grew over the last decade, compared to just 16 percent who think it narrowed.

Teixeira adds that “These sentiments are too lopsided to go away anytime soon” and conservatives should “offer a few solutions as a refreshing change.” However, that’s not likely, as Teixeira concludes, “since that would mean recommending something besides tax cuts for the rich, conservatives’ one-size-fits-all economic policy.”

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