Article J. Paul Leigh

Want to fix inequality, Democrats? The answer is wages, not education
Editorial by Affiliate J. Paul Leigh

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January 21, 2024

Just as the Republicans’ default solution to any domestic problem is “lower taxes,” Democrats insist on “more education, especially college education.” But this obsession with education is misplaced, and in some cases actually harmful to the project of building “a more perfect union.” A better tactic for Democrats would be to raise wages through government policies, especially those aimed at workers without college educations. 

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