Income/wealth inequality is creating serious problems for America’s middle class and has worsened the plight of those in poverty. Maintaining and expanding the middle class while preserving the safety net is essential to stability and democracy. David Cay Johnston is an American investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. He has also been honored with the IRE Medal and the George Polk Medal. In addition to acting as contributing editor of the anthology DIVIDED: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality (2014), Johnston has also authored several other books and publications, including Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich – and Cheat Everybody Else (the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award winner as well as a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller). Johnston is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management, where he teaches the property, tax and regulatory law of the ancient world and how the law evolved to today.