Obama Retreating on ‘Economic Inequality’
6 July 2014 / 15 Comments
President Barack Obama and many Democrats are backing away from the subject of economic inequality, instead focusing more on economic “opportunity” and lifting the fortunes of the middle class.
The shift is a marked shift the president’s reelection year stance in 2012, when he called inequality a “fundamental threat the American Dream,” reports The Washington Post.
Instead, the new focus on issues like the gender pay gap and minimum wage reflects concerns of a more broad number of voters.
According to White House officials, Obama is more interested in ways to address inequality issues rather than the problem itself, but others say Democratic polling reveals that complaints about inequality don’t really register with the public and lead to complaints about class warfare.
Further, there is a dispute between the party’s liberal and more moderate wings about the issue. The left seeks to focus on income gaps and the influence of Wall Street, but moderates call such issues divisive.
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