I’ve come to the reluctant conclusion that there’s only one progressive solution to the problem destroying American politics and, with it, our country’s future: Give Republicans the one and only thing they care about.
That’s right – let’s exempt the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans from all taxes. Permanently.
Hardly a day goes by without a new study, book, or presidential-candidate pronouncement on poverty and inequality – but they have long been central concerns of mine. I studied the subject with Lester Thurow at MIT in grad school, worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on anti-poverty legal strategies under the US Constitution, and have addressed poverty issues at my consulting firm, Public Works LLC, with such great public servants as Bill Richardson and Gabby Giffords. This week, US News published the first two parts of a series I’m writing on how we can reduce poverty and inequality – not so much through public policies to remediate it, but through changing the underlying social and economic structures that perpetuate it.