This week in OtherWords, Sam Pizzigati shares some astounding new IPS research on the growth of CEO pay at America’s lowest wage employers. On average, CEOs at these companies now take home more in one year than their average employees would be able to earn in over six centuries.

This isn’t just deeply unfair to workers, Sam explains. It’s also bad for businesses. And if Congress won’t act to rein in these extreme pay gaps, President Biden can.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Koshgarian skewers lawmakers for taking a “Top Gun” approach to public policy — just buy some big fighter jets and it’ll all work out! With some members of Congress now angling for more than $800 billion in Pentagon spending (including on a real-life fighter jet that spontaneously combusts), Lindsay reports on a new bill that would put some of that money back into the things Americans actually need.

Also this week, as we look ahead to the Supreme Court’s likely decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, cartoonist Khalil Bendib contrasts that priority with the GOP’s votes against baby formula, gun safety in schools, and letting teachers teach.

Finally, with Juneteenth coming up, we’ve reprinted a really useful piece from my old colleague Jessicah Pierre on how America can close the racial wealth divide. It holds up!

I’m traveling for work this week, but I hope this will tide you over. More soon!

New This Week…

Keeping Workers Poor Is Bad for Business | Sam Pizzigati
At America’s biggest low-wage employers, chief executives now pocket 670 times more than their workers.

Only in Top Gun Can the Military Solve All Our Problems | Lindsay Koshgarian
In real life, plowing money into shiny fighter jets while Americans struggle and the climate burns makes us less safe.

Celebrating Juneteenth With Bold New Ideas | Jessicah Pierre
Closing our racial wealth divide requires bold thinking, but so did ending slavery.

Children: A Dime a Dozen | Khalil Bendib
So need to feed, teach, or protect them.

In Case You Missed It…

How Long Will We Sacrifice Our Kids to the Gun Lobby’s Paranoia? | Sonali Kolhatkar
A well-heeled lobby, a paranoid minority, and the GOP have made it all but impossible to regulate the leading cause of death for American kids.

We Are Failing Survivors of Domestic Violence | Adriana Lopez
I serve domestic violence survivors as a social worker. The toxic public shaming of Amber Heard will discourage some from ever speaking up.

Overcoming the Distorted Narrative of Christian Nationalism | Aaron Scott
I grew up in a church community that pitted people against each other and called it “Christianity.” As a pastor now myself, I know there’s another way.

Nothing Is More Personal Than the Right to Control Your Own Body | Olivia Alperstein
Roe doesn’t just protect abortion rights. It’s the keystone that keeps politicians out of the most intimate aspects of our lives.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of

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