In a new opinion piece for CNN, CCF Expert Philip Cohen reflects on the divorce of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos and sheds light on the burden divorce places on regular people.
Cohen says: “We don’t need to worry about the Bezoses. But we should worry about two things: First, no one should be able to amass the wealth they jointly have. The reason they are so excessively rich is that taxes on the superrich are too low. Which means that, second, and not coincidentally, divorce is made harder by our insufficient social safety net and inadequate public support for raising children. And that harms women more than men. Higher taxes on the wealthiest — like the Bezoses — if applied to social programs that would benefit single parents or those who are financially strained, could make divorce much less stressful for many. “