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The data behind Occupy’s message

on November 30, 2011

I get these questions a lot: are you anti-capatalist? are you anti-wealthly?

No. In fact, I think everyone should have the opportunity to be wealthy and successful. Further, I don’t think they should have to pay unfair taxes just because they are wealth. The issue we face today is that opportunity isn’t what it used to be, and that’s highlited by the wealth divide in this country.

How much money does it take to put you in the wealthiest 1%? As an individual, it only takes $350,000 per year to rank you among the wealthy elite in America (the 1%). I would have guessed that at least 10% of the country made over $350,000 a year. I’m shocked, why don’t we have more rich people? This isn’t about blaming the 1% for all our problems, or even about taxing them to death, it’s about bringing attension to the erosion of opportunity.

In short, this movement is about making more rich people by expanding opportunity. The middle class is shrinking, this is a fact, and what it takes to put you in the middle class isn’t even that much. Don’t take my word for it, take a look at the data and decide fo yourself.

It has been the rallying cry of the Occupy movement for the past two months – but is the U.S. really split 99% v 1%? As poverty and inequality reach record levels, how much richer have the rich got? This animation explains what the key data says about the state of America today.

Source: The Guardian

 

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