Kathleen Tiet, Blog 2

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“The rich are getting richer.” Our country has been facing a problem with the one percent for many years. The one percent are the top one percent households who have an average of about $3.7 million in income (Khimm). The problem with this is the trend of declining in social mobility. The one percent are keeping their wealth to themselves and the rest of the people stuck at the bottom. With this happening, Sam Pizzigati, a publisher, discusses in his article on why aren’t most Americans protesting against this inequality? Pizzigati explains that by exposing and informing people about the issue leads to them having to trust the government a lot less. He explains that lower-income families are most afraid to speak up because they are already receiving aid and programs to help their financial struggles. Lower-income families do not want to come off as being “selfish” because of the aids they are already receiving. Another main reason is that, most people feel that speaking up will simply not change anything whatsoever. The image above was posted on the article, displaying a lady holding a poster showing that the one percent must decrease and the rest of the people must rise. The big question is what can we really do to end this gap between classes? In the reading “Inequality” by Christopher Jencks, talks about problems and solutions that might help overcome inequality. Jencks discusses on some assumptions people believe may be the problem. He focuses on three assumptions, the first one includes that low-income is passed down in families, the second one includes low-income children not being able to acquire basic cognitive skills, and the third includes educational reforms. He also discusses that those three assumptions has an en error in each. Jencks concludes that we should not wait for the day when everyone has equal power, but a solution for equalizing income. I feel that it is difficult for people to come out of their comfort zone to actually speak and point out the problem, because the rich are so rich, money seems to have so much power on other people as well. People with money are in control, and people without it may feel defenseless. It is understandable for many people to believe that trying to find a solution and do something about it, will not change anything, because of the power we do not have.

(http://inequality.org/protesting-inequality/)
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/post/who-are-the-1-percenters/2011/10/06/gIQAn4JDQL_blog.html) – Khimm

Readings: Inequality by Christopher Jencks

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