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Income inequality has decimated our middle class, and has caused a litany of vexing economic, social, and political issues. One of the most important issues relating to income inequality is money influence in politics.
Everyone knows that money matters in American politics. Noah will dig deeper and address how and why money spent on lobbyists in Washington had a greater impact on creating income inequality than the money spent on members of Congress. Noah will also discuss the rise of lobbying since the 1970s and the influence of Bryce Harlow, a lobbyist for Proctor and Gamble who set the stage for corporate America’s behind-the-scenes influence peddling in Washington, effectively blocking legislation that would have promoted economic equality.
About Timothy Noah: Timothy Noah is the labor policy editor for Politico. Previously he was a contributing writer at MSNBC.com, a senior editor at The New Republic, and a senior writer at Slate. Prior to that, he was a Washington-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal, an assistant managing editor for U.S. News & World Report, a congressional correspondent for Newsweek, an editor of Washington Monthly. He is also author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It.
Income/wealth inequality is creating serious problems for America’s middle class and has worsened the plight of those in poverty. Maintaining and expanding the middle class while preserving the safety net is essential to stability and democracy.
David Cay Johnston is an American investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. He has also been honored with the IRE Medal and the George Polk Medal.
In addition to acting as contributing editor of the anthology DIVIDED: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality (2014), Johnston has also authored several other books and publications, including Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich – and Cheat Everybody Else (the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award winner as well as a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller).
Johnston is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management, where he teaches the property, tax and regulatory law of the ancient world and how the law evolved to today.
Nobel Prize Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, who spoke May 11, 2015 at North Jersey Public Policy Network.
Rootstrikers Professor Lawrence Lessig, a regular at NJPPN, TED Talk Remix by Jordan Harrison