Why has the gap between wealthy and poor Americans gotten wider? Federal tax policy is part of the story. Those at the top of the income ladder have been the biggest beneficiaries of tax cuts over the last three decades, but the biggest change has come in the shape of the economy itself.
Two decades after the North American Free Trade Agreement authorized it, Mexican trucks can now drive on U.S. highways. It took that long because labor and political interests delayed the program, and those forces haven't given up yet.
Labor unions have found a new ally for their long-time criticism of the country's ultra-wealthy. Around the country, Occupy Wall Street-inspired protests are drawing attention to a message unions have been advancing for years. But unions say they don't want to take over.
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