Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt): Political Effects of the Great Recession. From Perspectives on Politics, Jacob S. Hacker and Mark Schlesinger (Yale) and Philipp Rehm (OSU): The Insecure American: Economic Experiences, Financial Worries, and Policy Attitudes; and Benjamin I. Page and Jason Seawright (Northwestern) and Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt): Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans. The wealthiest Americans donate 1.3 percent of their income; the poorest, 3.2 percent — what's up with that? The tale of two worlds is a defining narrative of contemporary life, and it continues to throw up vivid reminders, at once doleful and grimly hilarious. A new study on inequality shows that knowledge doesn't move the needle — with one exception. Republicans don’t want to ask multimillionaires to pay a penny more in taxes — isn’t that proof that the Republican Party is the party of the rich, as liberals have always argued?