Seperate And Unequal – The Growing Rich-Poor Gap in The USA

By Zachary Roth

By Zachary Roth zachary Roth Wed Feb 23, 5:13 pm ET

The Great Recession and the slump that followed have triggered a jobs crisis that’s been making headlines since before President Obama was in office, and that will likely be with us for years. But the American economy is also plagued by a less-noted, but just as serious, problem: Simply put, over the last 30 years, the gap between rich and poor has widened into a chasm.

Gradual developments like this don’t typically lend themselves to news coverage. But Mother Jones magazine has crunched the data on inequality, and put together a group of stunning new charts. Taken together, they offer a dramatic visual illustration of who’s doing well and who’s doing badly in modern America.

Here are three samples:

This chart shows that the poorest 90 percent of Americans make an average of $31,244 a year, while the top 1 percent make over $1.1 million:

• According to this chart, most income groups have barely grown richer since 1979. But the top 1 percent has seen its income nearly quadruple:

• And this chart suggests most Americans have little idea of just how unequal income distribution is. And that they’d like things to be divvied up a lot more equitably:

Chart showing US attitudes on wealth inequality

To see the rest of these fascinating charts, click on over to Mother Jones.


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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2 Responses to Seperate And Unequal – The Growing Rich-Poor Gap in The USA

  1. moelarrythecheese says:

    The growing rich-poor gap in the US is similar to the model of many African countries. Such an income structure will facilitate the amalgamation of the First World with the Third World and the economic assimilation of the world’s burgeoning population.
    Question: If I post a comment in an article weeks-old and way back in the que, will you notice?

    • Well, yes. I’m sure that is true. The question is whether that is a good thing. Is it a good thing to build privilege and massive inequality into a democratic system by design!? The USA was founded on principles of equality and democracy yet you seem to have abandoned these in favour of being ruled by a wealthy elite whose position is embedded in the system. i.e. an elected Oligarchy. And this is without even getting into the issue of whether the rich ‘deserve’ to be rich.

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