The rich get rich, the poor get poorer

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.

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