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The status of the middle class has deteriorated severely.
Listing people by income reveals how the top 1 percent has deprived the 99 percent.
From 1978 to present the 1 percent income share has increased from 9 percent to 22 percent.
Ninety-five percent of the income gained since the "Great Recession" went to the 1 percent. The 1 percent owns 35 percent of the wealth.
Corporate profits, from 1965 to the present, have increased from $50 billion to $2,000 billion.
The share of corporate taxes from 1953 to the present has decreased from 32 percent to 10 percent.
Trickle-down economics didn't trickle.
What can be done?
Raise the minimum wage. The current $7.25 should be $15.50 taking into account inflation and productivity increases.
Increase labor unions and enforce labor laws.
Reform Wall Street and enforce anti-trust laws.
Increase taxes on the 1 percent, decrease taxes on the 99 percent.
Get "big money" out of politics.