Questions, Reading 13, Krugman

Questions Reading - Alea Roach TA Stephanie Farrar Discussion A05 Questions on"For Richer by Paul Krugman 1 On the first page of his article

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Alea Roach 10-17-04 TA Stephanie Farrar Discussion A05 Questions on “For Richer” by Paul Krugman 1) On the first page of his article, Krugman states “Yes, of course, some wealthy businessmen and heirs to large fortunes lived far better than the average American. But they weren’t rich the way the robber barons who built the mansions had been rich, and there weren’t that many of them…Yet glimpses of the lifestyles of the rich and tasteless don’t necessarily add up in people’s minds to a clear picture of the tectonic shifts that have taken place in the distribution of income and wealth in this country.” Why does Krugman have such a problem with rich people? He refers to them in negative ways such as “tasteless” and goes on to criticize the wages of CEOs of companies. Why do many of these people value ethnic diversity, but then when it comes to other types if diversity, such as class diversity, they want everyone to be equal? Why doesn’t the author value all types of diversity? Granted, the rich need to do everything they can to help the
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