Some Are More Unequal Than Others (NYTimes)
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Joseph Stiglitz writes that on one side of the presidential contest we have someone who understands rising inequality even if he hasn't done everything he can to stem the tide, and on the other someone who just wants you to stop talking about it.
Conservative Inequality Denialism (TNR)
Timothy Noah adds that the right doesn't feel comfortable calling the have-nots outright lazy anymore, so they just cover their eyes since that means the poor don't exist.
Romney's Economic Model (NYTimes)
We don't have to speculate about what a Romney economy would look like, writes Nicholas Kristof. We have a real life example: the Europocalypse.
Paul Ryan: No, I Want to Help the Poor! Really! (New York)
Ryan may be trying to pinky swear low-income Americans that he's got their back, but Jonathan Chait points out that his plan for them is: 1. slash the social safety net, 2. ???, 3. social mobility!
Why Freddie Mac Resisted Refis (ProPublica)
Jesse Eisinger goes behind the scenes at the mortgage giant to find out that board members didn't want to help struggling homeowners because it might have eaten into their profits. It also might have helped the economy, which would have been terrible for everyone.
Living Near Foreclosures Has Cost Homeowners Almost $2 Trillion (Think Progress)
Think about how much you hate your neighbors for playing loud music and letting their dog poop on your yard. Now imagine that they're instead costing you trillions of dollars.
The Dirty Secret of Debt-Hating CEOs: They Need Big Deficits to Live (The Atlantic)
The leaders of our biggest corporations may denounce debt during the day, but once night falls they can be seen running to the Treasury to suck on the economy's life essence.
Romney's 9-Point Plan to Annihilate Unions (In These Times)
Workers may not come up nearly as much as small business owners with Republicans, but Romney and Ryan haven't forgotten them. They'll liberate them from the crushing grip of unions fighting to hold onto the 40-hour work week.