On Winner-Take-All Politics: If you think America's vast economic inequality - the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else - happened by accident, think again. On the premiere episode of Moyers & Company, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson - "the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science" - delve into Winner-Take-All Politics, their book on "How Washington Made the Rich Richer - And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class." Says Moyers: "Their account is the best account I've seen of how politicians rewrote the rules to create a winner-take-all economy that favors the 1% over everyone else, putting our once and future middle class in peril." The show includes testimony of middle class Americans at a Senate hearing about the impact of hard times on families, as well as an essay on how Occupy Wall Street reflects a widespread belief that politics no longer works for ordinary people.moreless
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