|Hannah Dreier, ASSOCIATED PRESS|
As the middle class struggles to make gains and
These advocates point to notions of fairness and admit to twinges of guilt, but the core concern driving all of them — left, right and libertarian — is a belief that the economy doesn't function efficiently when the wealth gap is wide. They are proposing solutions that range from pressuring fellow entrepreneurs to pay workers more to simply giving their money back to the government to redistribute.
Since roughly 1980, the wealthy have been prospering while the middle class stagnates or falls behind.
Here's a look at some of these opponents of the widening gap between the poor and, well, themselves.
The most visible of the superrich Robin Hoods is investor
For years, he has advocated policies to close the wealth gap, saying reforms are necessary for the nation's continued prosperity. His activism gave rise to Obama's proposed "Buffet rule," which would ensure that anyone making more than
In 2010, he launched the Giving Pledge program in which wealthy entrepreneurs publicly promise to donate at least half of their riches to charity.
Not all members of the super-rich taking up the issue of inequality are progressives.
Frustrated with the gridlock in
Unz, whose fortune comes from founding
But Hanauer said he doesn't consider himself a "job creator." If no one can afford to buy what he's selling, the jobs his companies create will evaporate, he reasons. In his view, what the nation needs is more money in the hands of regular consumers.
Hanauer, 54, advocates raising taxes for the rich and hiking the minimum wage to the unheard-of heights of
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