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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen Talks About Inequality

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen officially expresses her concern over inequality in the United States. Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks ‘breaks it down’, adding that the real answer to inequality is to get money out of politics.

Federal Reserve Head Breaks Down Inequality

Ruminating on the ever-widening gap between America’s rich and poor, Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen, in a widely reported speech on Friday, said: ‘I think it is appropriate to ask whether this trend is compatible with values rooted in our nation’s history, among them the high value Americans have traditionally placed on equality of opportunity.’

Great quote. Could have been said about the Gilded Age and the 1920s, when similar questions were raised and, incidentally, gave rise to a formulation called the ‘Great Gatsby curve,’ the relationship between income inequality and low social mobility that recent economists came up with.

Only this time, it’s more so. ‘The past several decades have seen the most sustained rise in inequality since the 19th century after more than 40 years of narrowing inequality following the Great Depression,’ Yellen said, citing the Federal Reserve’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances, published last month, and other data.

Andrew S. Ross, SF Gate

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

2 Comments

  1. Jerry "Peacemaker"

    Ms. Yellen conveniently neglects to mention offshore tax havens, raising taxes and/or the minimum wage, zeroing out taxes up to $50,000, tariffs on foreign-made products, cutting military spending, auditing the Fed, etc…

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. And her suggests to improve opportunity also seem pretty weak.

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