You’d be in the top 1 percent of U.S. households if your income in 2010 was at least $516,633; your net worth in 2007 was $8,232,000 or more, and your average income this year is $1,530,773. Where did the top 1 percent make its money? [Take a look at the following charts for the answers.] Words: 1048
So asks Suzy Khimm (www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/) in excerpts from one article* with charts from another article** by Dave Jones (http://motherjones.com).
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The article goes on to say, in part:
What They Do
The first chart takes a look at the occupations of the top 1 percent of incomes in 2005, as calculated in a paper by Jon Bakija, Adam Cole and Bradley T. Heim. What’s notable is that there are more non-financial-sector business xecutives and medical professionals in the top 1 percent of households than people who actually work in finance — the sector that’s been the most explicit target of the Occupy Wall Street protests. In other words, it’s a more complex and heterogeneous group than the image of the 1 percent that’s been popularized by the 99 percenters. [Take a look.]
When you look at the very richest Americans — the top 0.1 percent of households by income — then business executives and financial professions do take the lion’s share, and they’ve been pulling away from the rest much faster. The paper’s authors write:
We find that executives, managers, supervisors, and financial professionals account for about 60 percent of the top 0.1 percent of income earners in recent years, and can account for 70 percent of the increase in the share of national income going to the top 0.1 percent of the income distribution between 1979 and 2005.
What They Own
The vast majority of the wealth held by the top 1 percent doesn’t come from income, but from stocks, securities, business equity and other investments. Edward Wolff, an economist at Bard College, examined the proportion of assets held by the top 1 percent in 2007, those whose minimum net worth was $8,232,000 or more, and provided the chart below.
What They Make[Jones adds in his article that] you can’t beat this chart for the most dramatic measure of just how wide the gap between the tippy-top and the 99 percent has become. While incomes for the superrich have skyrocketed [$1,530,733 in 2010 vs. $1,137,684 in 2008] in the past three decades, most Americans’ have flatlined.
Of all the many banners being waved around the world by disgruntled protesters from Chile to Australia the one that reads, “We Are the 99%” is the catchiest. It is purposefully vague, but it is also underpinned by some solid economics. A report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)… confirms the contentions of the 99% that a system that works well for the very richest has delivered returns on labour that are disappointing for everyone else and that the people at the top have made out like bandits over the past few decades, and that now everyone else must pick up the bill. [Take a look at the graph which shows just how unequal income distribution is in the USA.] Words: 776
Countries differ greatly in the levels and pattern of wealth holdings…In this article…we highlight those of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. [Take a look at the results of our extensive research.] Words: 1314
Most Americans don’t understand what is happening because neither the mainstream media nor our politicians are telling them the truth. We are being told that we just need to accept our lower standard of living and most Americans seem willing to accept that reality because they keep sending most of the exact same bozos back to Washington D.C….Why are the majority of Americans not screaming to their political “representatives” that they are as mad as hell and not willing to take it any more? Words: 1270
Richest 1% of Americans Own 33.8% of Country’s Private Wealth and 23.5% of Its Income!
The Rich are NOT Paying Their Fair Share of Income Tax
Over the last half century, the richest Americans have shifted the burden of the federal individual income tax off themselves and onto everybody else – dramatically! At a time of national economic crisis, especially, they can and should contribute far more in taxes. [Let me show you the extent of this massive redistribution of wealth so you decide for yourself if this is, indeed, the case.] Words: 1140