Feb 23, 2011

How Rich are the Superrich? Or, Why Many Politicians Don't Care About Dwindling Worker Rights and Growing Income Inequality

Mother Jones has an excellent article up on growing income inequality in this country--with great infographics on who has all the money (hint: just a few of us) and who doesn't (hint: most of us.) As the authors point out:
A huge share of the nation's economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244.
Below are just some of the clear-cut, startling charts from the article. They make the facts very clear: income inequality in this country continues to grow as corporations make more and are taxed less, even as most Americans say it's unfair. And we're almost powerless to do anything about it as our disproportionately wealthy members of Congress vote for the moneyed interests against the little guy, again and again.  

One of our only lines of defense left--one of the only institutions still fighting for the dwindling middle class--is labor, and that's why labor is under intense attack right now. The Wall Street types and CEOs like the Koch brothers are behind anti-union attacks like Scott Walker's, and they want nothing more than to crush unions for good so they can see a clear path to a total plutocracy in America.  It's why in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Rhode Island, Minnesota--all over the country, workers are rising up and saying, no more.

When you take a look at these charts, you'll say, no more, too. Then head over and read the rest of the article. Finally, once you've boiled over, head over to VoteUFCW and find a solidarity rally in your neck of the woods. There isn't one? Start organizing your own. Let's show our millionaire politicians and CEOs what we think of growing income inequality and their attack on the American way of life.

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