Posts tagged “state of the union”
February 26, 2013
When President Obama gave his State of the Union address on February 12th, he laid out his second-term agenda which included his plans to help reduce the growing economic inequality in our nation. He spoke of raising minimum wage, granting universal pre-kindergarten access to families in need, restoring the pay roll tax cut, and linking federal student aid to the rising college tuition costs. But what does his plan really mean for economic disparity?
According to University of California economist Emmanuel Saez, the top ten percent in the US is making 46.5 percent of the nations income, which is the highest rate in nearly 100 years! This, amongst many other indicators, has sounded the alarms for government to address the this gap between the top-earners and the rest of the country. In an interview with Between the Lines‘ Scott Harris, Sam Pizzigati, veteran labor journalist and author of The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970, assesses President Obama’s plan and how effectively it addresses the economic inequality.
May 29, 2009
State of the Union is a photo blog from Linh Dinh, editor of Night, Again, and author of Blood and Soap, Fake House, and Love Like Hate, among others. To date, Dinh has snapped over 3,400 photos of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City (KS), Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Providence, Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Washington, Wilmington, and many more cities across the United States. Dinh documents the side of the US many don’t want to see: a distinctly twenty-first century mixture of hyperkinetic, colorful plastic consumer goods and the grayness of life in the American underclass.