I get your argument that fighting against a regressive income tax alone is insufficient to address income inequality. You seem to suggest that regulation to address income inequality needs to be placed elsewhere.
If you look at the OECD site which outlines the tax scheme that various European nations use (which have lower inequality than us) you quickly realize that we have the most progressive system in the world already. So obviously, doubling down on that score isn’t wise.
But yes, if one takes as Holy Writ that the best weapon against income inequality are good paying jobs, then that leads logically to certain policies that would address that. Here are some ideas (Mr. Trump has already changed the corporate tax territorial scheme and eliminated some regulations which were gating job growth, so I won’t address those again):
- Instead of bringing into the US high skill workers which we have a shortage of, offer federal scholarships for majors which we are and anticipate being in high demand over the next generation.
- Constrict the supply of low-skill workers by enforcing immigration laws. This, along with (1) above, acts to restrict supply of labor, forcing businesses to compete for available workers with additional compensation.
- Flipping (1) above on its head, do NOT include in FASFA programs courses of study which are not in demand, or at least restrict their availability to exceptional students.
- Restore trades training to high school curriculums by assisting school districts in funding programs where students can attend local community college programs in trades for free.
Broadly, if I can (a) keep illegal immigrants from claiming low-skill jobs, AND (b) I can train students who WOULD be working low-skill jobs in the trades, then I constrict the supply of low income and force those wages up; and of course good tradesmen (and, allied health fields, for that matter, which could be included in a program like (4)) can make much better livings than fast food, then that would show some improvement in the GINI as well.
I think Mr. Kucinich’s concerns have been proven right over time, and I expect that if these trade agreement re-do’s actually get underway, we’ll see some of his ideas incorporated into them.
And I completely agree that it’s past time to tax e-commerce.