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By Rosemary Hoyt

Income disparity favors one party

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

The American Sociological Association (ASA) is a non-profit dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. A recent study by the ASA found evidence that congressional shifts to the Republican Party, diminishing union membership, lower top tax rates, and financial asset bubbles played a strong role in the rise of the super-rich. Conservative shifts in policy and Republican strength in Congress are associated with higher levels of inequality. The authors calculated that every five additional seats held by Republicans in Congress translated into $6.6 billion in additional income going to the top one percent of earners.


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