Even though corporate profits and the stock market have rebounded since the “Great Recession” to new heights, poverty remains at near record levels and most of America’s families are economically insecure.
Inequality is also evident whether we examine the crushing student debt faced by college graduates, unequal treatment in the criminal justice system, or inequities in the tax code and government budgets.
The Center for Working Families has made the effort to improve economic security central to its work.
The promise of democracy has always been that people without means might use government to mitigate social and economic inequality and promote the general good.
But all too often special interests limit this potential and prevent good policy reforms from being put into place.
As such, progress on a range of issues, from inequality to climate, requires putting better rules in place to limit the reach of special interests and ensure that everybody has a voice.