Wealth and Inequality
Facilitators: Sharon & Dwain Bloyer, 936-689-0031, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: Thursdays, March 22– May 10, 2018 Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Text: Wealth Inequality (How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust),
& Dream Hoarders by Richard Reeves
Presentations: Required of most participants
We Americans pride ourselves in being a classless society and that status is earned. This course will explore the fallacies of this belief. Inequality in wealth is natural and desirable, if we all play fair and if the inequality is not in excess. We will explore how the game is not played fairly and try to explain the causes for the United States having the greatest degree of income inequality in the world. The major problem is not with the 1/10th of 1% nor the 1%, it is with the top 20% moving away from the lower 80%. We will explore the upside and the downside of wealth inequality. Who are the super-rich and how much money do they have? Why is this bad for everyone? What did our government do to allow them to get so rich? What must be done to enlarge our middle class? Will the Republican tax bill help or hurt the lower 80%? All will be explained (or at least discussed) in this presentation course.