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Why “The Income Gap” is a Losing Issue

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Democrats plan to focus on income inequality in the upcoming presidential election but a former advisor to Bill Clinton says they’re making a mistake. William Galston notes recent polls by CBS News and Gallup showing less than 4% who list the income gap as their main concern. Distance between rich and poor has definitely increased, so why isn’t the public alarmed? Galston cites the sharp rise in mistrust of government. Americans may not welcome inequality, but they have no faith in bureaucratic schemes to address the problem.  Fifty years of dubious, costly anti-poverty programs show that big government might make the wealthy less rich, but it’s not easy to make the poor less poor. Galston rightly declares that economic growth for all is the best way to create new opportunities for the impoverished and the stressed middle class. If only the Clintons could reach the same conclusion as their former aide!

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