Economic Inequality

Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers, “Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale” is narrated by actor and labor activist Ed Asner, former president of the Screen Actors Guild. The animation is by Madison cartoonist Mike Konopacki.

In this 8-minute video we learn about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.

MSNBC host Krystal Ball shares her thoughts on the dire state of unions in the US and what this means to all of us. Ball is a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show The Cycle, which airs weekdays at 3 p.m. ET. She’s also a political writer, former congressional candidate, and CPA.

In her impassioned rant she reminds people that while President Obama’s speech during last week’s inauguration was a very progressive speech, there is one issue that went unmentioned: the decline of the American union membership.