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Financial State of the Union
Income and Inequality

President Bush's State of the Union Address focused on his plans create an "ownership society" in the United States. Among the most radical changes is "reform" of the Social Security system — a proposal causing heated debate. The Advancement Project's Connie Rice joins David Brancaccio to talk about the financial state of the union for middle and working class Americans. And NOW takes a look at the new jobs being created in the U.S. today. Make use of NOW's coverage of the U.S. income and inequality to get the facts, brush up on the issues under debate and find out what's going on in YOUR neighborhood.
  • Debate — Social Security Reform, Tax and Spending Priorities, Overtime Legislation
  • Facts and Figures — Wage Trends, Inequality in the Western World, Executive Pay
  • Resource Maps — Employment and Hunger Help
  • Features and More — Working Off-the-Clock, Job Migration, Living on Low Wages


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DEBATE: Join the Social Security debate. Find out more about the discussion on overtime pay legislation. Debate tax cuts and spending priorities. And, what's the cure for pension plan blues?
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FACTS AND FIGURES: Find out how much the big boss makes. The U.S. leads the Western world in income inequality and in workhours. Plus who's the changing face of unemployment and a look at wages and job creation in the new millennium.
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RESOURCE MAPS: Find employment assistance in your area. What's the food insecurity rate in your state? Also, find out what your state might cut to balance its budget.
Women at prayer
FEATURES: Are jobs heading overseas? The challenges of life on a low wage. Is the American dream fading? Who is the American middle class? Plus, NAFTA, corporate governance and other economic issues on the minds of Americans. Michael Zweig about the working class majority in America.



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