By John Gehring, via the blog, Bold Faith Type
Conservatives are often quick to accuse progressives of engaging in “class warfare” for supposedly promoting policies that “redistribute wealth.” The charge, of course, is rich with hypocrisy. Economic inequality has reached the worst level since the Great Depression. The 400 richest Americans now have more wealth than half of all Americans combined. The number of people relying on food stamps is at a record high. If there’s class warfare, it’s the working poor and the middle class who are the casualties of an increasingly radical conservative economic agenda.
In Nevada, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is pushing to repeal the state’s minimum wage. Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican, has proposed a bill that would effectively cut the minimum wage in states where it was higher than the federal threshold by allowing employers to count health benefits toward wages. A flurry of state legislatures are weighing cuts to the Earned Income Tax Credit, which primarily benefits the working poor…
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