Americans Want to Live in Sweden

Americans really think that society should be considerably more equal than it is, and that attitude has not shifted appreciably during the past thirty years. Yet our political system produces policies that make America more and more unequal, predominantly by cutting taxes for the very rich. Hacker and Pierson’s point is that there has not been an ideological shift toward conservative positions in the country at large (at least not on this issue). Instead, it’s the game of politics that has changed, so policy has become more disassociated from the preferences of the people.

You’ve gotta click over to the referring link so that you can see the chart. It will make you sad, but you should still see it. Knowledge is power, right? At least I hope so…

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