Waking Up to a Misleading Inequality Report on the Sunday Morning News

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If these reporters had winning arguments, they wouldn’t resort to misleading their audiences.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast week, I was briefly featured in one of the major networks’ Sunday morning news programs. The main thrust of the segment was the argument that Americans aren’t doing their fair share to help families who lost their jobs during the pandemic despite a recently published report by the Brookings Institution showing, “government policy effectively countered [the pandemic’s] effects on incomes, leading poverty to fall and low percentiles of income to rise across a range of demographic groups and geographies.”

It’s true Democrats and Republicans have been unable to reach an agreement to extend enhanced pandemic-related unemployment benefits. But which party

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Ed Conard is an American Enterprise Institute adjunct fellow, a former Bain Capital partner, the author of The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class and a contributor to Oxford University Press’ United States Income, Wealth, Consumption, and Inequality.


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