Wealth Inequality in America

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Whether Washington allows a federal shutdown or not, massive cuts are being made in federal programs for the poor and the hungry. Last week, New York Times food-writer Mark Bittman and 4000 others associated with a group called Bread for the World fasted to focus on increased suffering that will barely make a dent in the deficit. They also pointed to growing inequality, with the richest 400 people now owning more wealth than 50 million American households combined. But, is it government's job to level the playing field? We hear from Bittman, an investment banker who wants to pay more taxes, economist and and others.

Credits

Guests:
Mark Bittman - New York Times - @bittman, Michael Norton - Harvard Business School, Eric Schoenberg - Responsible Wealth, Jason Rink - Foundation for a Free Society, Tom Donlan - Barron's - @barronsonline

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis, Andrea Brody