Which political program works best for promoting economic equality and enhanced opportunity?
A new analysis in the Washington Post, based on just released federal data, suggests that conservative ideas lead to more equal outcomes, while liberal policies result in extreme inequality. The biggest gap between rich and poor occurs in “wealthy coastal areas such as Washington D.C., New York, Connecticut and California” the Post reported—all of them dominated by ultra-liberal state and local governments for more than a generation.
On the other hand, “equality was highest in Utah, Alaska and Iowa”—three states overwhelmingly, and traditionally, dominated by the GOP.
Nationally, while top earners gained most dramatically, the federal information showed that lower income workers also showed significant wage increases and progress from poverty.
While Democrats campaign as the party of equality, the state-by-state numbers show their policies actually promote the biggest gaps between rich and poor.