Column: To achieve American dream, mind opportunity gap




Ever since the financial crash of 2008, we’ve been having an anxious national debate about the growing income gap. What does it mean for American society when most workers’ wages are flat and almost all economic gains flow to the top 1 percent — or to the top one-tenth of 1 percent?

But it’s a discussion that too often turns into a sterile squabble over economic theology between liberal populists, who want to tax the rich, and supply-siders, who say that cutting taxes will add jobs, reward entrepreneurship and raise all boats.

So maybe it would be helpful to set the problem of the income gap aside for a while and focus instead on a problem everyone can agree on: the opportunity gap.

 

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