Zero-Sum Politics in an Age of Austerity

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Zero-Sum Politics in an Age of AusterityIt's no surprise that older Americans have accumulated more wealth and earn more income than their children and grandchildren. But a recent study shows the gap is growing much faster than previously reported. The growing federal deficit and demands for spending cuts create a sense of scarcity that's pitting Americans against one another.  We look at the impact of that and other "fault lines" between Americans in this election year.

Credits

Guests:
Richard Fry - Pew Research Center, Thomas Edsall - Columbia School of Journalism - @Edsall, Theda Skocpol - Victor S. Thomas professor of government and sociology at Harvard and director of the Scholars Strategy Network, Fred Lynch - Claremont McKenna College - @CMCtoday

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Sonya Geis, Karen Radziner