The Religion & Culture Web Forum
The Widening Gap: Economic Inequality as a Religious Issue
by Franklin I. Gamwell (University of Chicago)
1 Between 2000 and 2003, the portion of the federal revenue coming from progressive taxes (personal and corporate income taxes) fell from 61% to 53%, and the portion from regressive taxes (excise/custom taxes and contributions to social insurance) rose from 40% to 47%. Unless otherwise noted statistics are taken from Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, and John Schmitt, The State of Working America, 2000/2001 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001) and Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, and Heather Boushey, The State of Working America, 2002/2003 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003).
10 I have no intent to deny that large economic corporations are typically forceful in promoting public policies by which they are directly subsidized. There is no reason why power must act in accord with the ideology by which it is nonetheless sustained.
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