This week in OtherWords, John Cavanagh highlights Maryland’s new approach to measuring well-being and Jim Hightower explains what’s wrong with Paul Ryan’s latest budget proposal.

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  1. Inequality Is Hurting Us All / John Cavanagh
    If the levels of greater income equality of 1968 still prevailed today, the poorest fifth of Marylanders would be earning twice what they take home now.
  2. A Tale of Two Budgets / Ryan Alexander
    Our lawmakers need to work harder on solutions than sound bites.
  3. Inequality and the Social Security Debate / Sarah Anderson
    In the richest country in the world, it’s downright insane to even consider cutting back on benefits necessary to provide a dignified retirement for hard-working Americans.
  4. One Nation, Without a Clue / Donald Kaul
    If our generations had been around in the 1930s, we’d still be in the Great Depression with prominent lawmakers telling each other we need a smaller government.
  5. Are We Resigned to Living Vastly Unequal Lives? / Sam Pizzigati
    Top academics are exploring why more Americans aren’t protesting our nation’s grand economic divide.
  6. Eat Your Weeds / Jill Richardson
    The humble dandelion turns out to be a superfood and stinging nettles make a premium pizza topping.
  7. The Plan to Turn Medicare into ‘WeDon’tCare’ / Jim Hightower
    Paul Ryan is still stuck in the same old rabbit hole.
  8. The Military-Industrial Threat to the Nation’s Well-Being / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    It’s time for some serious spring cleaning at the Pentagon.
  9. Picturing Inequality / Khalil Bendib cartoon
    Picturing Inequality, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    Picturing Inequality, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

 

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Emily Schwartz Greco

Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org

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