Inequality Debate Looks in Wrong Direction

Why don't progressive candidates talk about the poor?

Who will speak for the poor?

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Most of the talk generated by Tuesday’s Democratic debate is about e-mails or enemies, but far more important were the efforts of the presidential candidates to explain what they would do about achieving another e-word: equality. More to the point, they talked about the problem of “inequality,” a word used eight times by the candidates and once by the moderator. And when they spoke of inequality, it was clear that their concern was the accumulation of wealth and power by the very wealthy.

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