Thursday, October 13, 2022
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Texas Public Policy Foundation
901 Congress Avenue | Austin, TX 78701
Online | Livestream

Miss the event? Click here to watch the recording.

Americans are beset on all sides by narratives claiming that America has a systemic inequality problem only solvable by government intervention. Pundits have been claiming for years that the American Dream is dead and it’s time to move on. However, government intervention is not the answer, and the American Dream is not dead. Join with TPPF as we chat about inequality with the authors of the book “The Myth of American Inequality” – the Honorable Phil Gramm, retired Texas senator, and John Early.

Complimentary lunch will be provided for in-person attendees, and you are also welcome to tune in online via livestream.


  • Greg Sindelar (Moderator) – Chief Executive Officer, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • The Honorable Phil Gramm (Panelist) – Former U.S. Senator; Former U.S. Congressman; Author, “The Myth of American Inequality”; Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Vice Chairman, Lone Star Funds
  • John Early (Panelist) – Author, “The Myth of American Inequality”; Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute


  • 11:30AM-12PM – Guest Check-In and Lunch (in-person only)
  • 12M-1PM – Event Program/Livestream + Audience Q&A (in-person and online)
  • 1-1:30PM – Book Signing (in-person only)

Book Synopsis

Everything you know about income inequality, poverty, and other measures of economic well-being in America is wrong. In this provocative book, a former United States senator, eminent economist, and a former senior leader at the Bureau of Labor Statistics challenge the prevailing consensus that income inequality is a growing threat to American society. By taking readers on a deep dive into the way government measures economic well-being, they show that the assumptions dramatically undercount income. Getting the facts straight shows that every measure of well-being is greater than the official statistics of the country would lead us to believe. Income inequality is lower today than at any time in post- World War II America. The facts reveal a very different and better America than the one that is currently described by advocates across much of the political spectrum. The Myth of American Inequality shows that the dream of American prosperity is very much alive.

The livestream can be viewed Thursday, 10/13 at 12PM CT via the following links. Watch via YouTube to submit your questions during the live Q&A.


Please see the parking options below and click here for a parking map:

  • Metered parking – pay per minute/hour Congress Avenue – 9th Street and surrounding streets
  • Peak Parking LLC – $6.00 for first 30 minutes then $3.00 for each additional 30 minutes -176 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Capitol Tower – $9.00 per hour – 206 E 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

*There are two RSVP Options: 1) In-Person (TPPF Theater), and 2) Virtual (Livestream). When you RSVP, you will receive more event information and a reminder before the event.


Book Talk: Senator Phil Gramm & “The Myth of American Inequality” image