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"Nearly 40 percent of all workers in the country made less than $20,000 last year, according to data from the Social Security Administration".

"The top 10 percent of the country’s earners took home half of the income in 2012, the largest amount on record."

Conservative policies killing the middle class with the largest transfer of wealth to the least amount of people in history!

Nearly 40 percent of all workers in the country made less than $20,000 last year, according to data from the Social Security Administration, which doesn’t include figures on benefits such as health insurance or pensions. That’s below the federal poverty threshold for a family of four and close to the line for a family of three. On average, these workers earned just $17,459.55.

Meanwhile, more than half of all workers made less than $30,000, not much more to live off of. Wider Opportunities for Women has estimated that a two-income family with two children needs to bring in nearly $72,000 a year to simply reach economic security. Two earners at this level won’t achieve that status.

As David Cay Johnston notes, the median wage was $27,519 in 2012, at the lowest level since 1998. That means half of all workers made more and half made less. But the average wage actually grew. “When the average wage grows but the median wage stagnates, it means that, statistically, only workers in the top half of the job market are experiencing increases,” he writes.

His analysis shows that most of the wage growth was for the top quarter of earners, or those who make about $50,000 and up. In fact, things are very good at the top. The number of workers making $5 million a year or more jumped by nearly 27 percent over 2011, and their total wages grew 40 percent, or 13 times the increase for all workers.

This income inequality has been growing since the 1970s, as the richest 20 percent of Americans saw their income grow much faster than the bottom 20 percent. But things have accelerated in the economic downturn. For the past three years, those at the top of the income ladder saw their incomes grow by 5 percent while everyone else’s income dropped. The top 10 percent of the country’s earners took home half of the income in 2012, the largest amount on record.

And things at the bottom have been declining. The bottom 60 percent of earners have experienced a “lost decade” of wage growth, seeing their compensation fall or stagnate. Many forces have contributed to this trend, but the growth of low-wage jobs that replace middle class work during the recovery has helped it along.


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JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 19:22 PM

Right on PN. But it makes think it all ain't a gonna spin well with Ben Stein and the devil worshiper TOT.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 06:03 AM

But it makes ME think it all ain't a gonna spin will with Ben Stein and the Devil worshiper Tot.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 06:16 AM

You're poor and don't even know it if you are the working middle class and you are burdened with supporting the ever increasing numbers of those who refuse to work but have no shame regarding living on welfare.

Call me a devil worshiper when you know it is a lie.

Tell a lie and repeat it often enough and even you will start to accept that to be true.

JimmyMack you singlehandedly are causing this blog site to dwindle.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 06:27 AM

I am enthralled by your insights. Got a crystal ball do you? And my, my, here I was in my Liberal delusion thinking the blog site's cup runneth over with all this anti-Obamacare posted every other hour.

You Tot have said I was a gifted writer. That may or may not be true. But you also said I utilized my 'gift' for purposes related to the Dark side.

Well, Tot, that is true. You Tot, are the DARK SIDE and you deserve any and all scatological objects that can be hurled in your direction.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 06:59 AM

Those who live in glass house, should not throw stones.

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 07:14 AM

TOT- you have to change your talking point because their are no lazy people on welfare. In fact it's called TANF-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and you have to work to receive it. If I'm not mistaken there is only a handful of people in the state of Georgia that receive it. On the other hand the GOP is receiving the biggest welfare payments ever. Your poor-dirt poor compared to the top earners. They don't give a hoot about you or me. Your doing what they need you to do-spread misinformation and remain angry and poor.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 07:59 AM

@TOT: Fire away you uninformed Toad. I don't mind going to DefCon 3. Just remember, Toad, Tot, Padrick,...be careful what you ask for, cause you just might get it. I have about as much respect for you as you have for me. You ain't my daddy TOT THE TOAD. Respect is earned, not just handed out. You are my elder. However, you are an uneducated misinformed angry and bitter hate-meister totally lacking in perspective and empathy. Top all that off with a pronounced delusion regarding the less fortunate in life, makes you a reckless and dangerous old man.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 11:51 AM

"Conservative policies killing the middle class with the largest transfer of wealth to the least amount of people in history!"

Uh, no. Last time I checked it was the LIBERAL policies that were being implemented by the Democrats. When our government focuses on jobs instead of the welfare state - only then will we start to move FORWARD.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Hi Sebe. According to yesterdays elections (see my links) Americans do not see the Nation as you and Tot do.

wayne44 commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 13:26 PM

PN You need to do some research on welfare. Find out how much a family of four pulls in every year in the form of Food stamps, Money, Subsidized housing, and a free cell phone. You might want to look into what happens when they use up that temporary time. Also check out the number of people receiving some type of government assistance in Georgia. I think you will find out it is way more than a hand-full.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 at 18:05 PM

Jimmy - you need to do some research on yesterday's elections. Republican candidates got more votes than Democratic candidates did - in the VA and NJ races. This means that "most Americans" DO see the nation as I do. And as you conveniently forget - a recent poll says that most Americans OVERWHELMINGLY share the Tea Party vision of smaller government and lesser taxes. Obfuscate all you can - but them's the facts. See my latest blog on USATODAY's take on the upcoming Senatorial elections in 2016.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Nov 07, 2013 at 07:44 AM

Sebe: The fact that I do not agree with you and Tot does not mean I am guilty of obfuscation. I sit on a different side of the bus across the aisle from you and Tot. WE have two viable political parties the last time I checked. Call me what you will, but I AIN'T ONE OF YOU GUYS!

WE will see how your and TOTs OVERWHELMING numbers playout at the ballot box.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Nov 07, 2013 at 13:11 PM

2012 was the 4th full year of Obamanomics, which included more taxes, more regulations, more backdoor deals, less compromise, more debt, lower US credit rating, more crony capititalism by the anti-capitalist in Chief himself, less leadership, and more scandals in recent history! More people have been forced to do part time work because of the anti-capitalist Party in charge.

The top 10 percent is a family or an individual making at least $120,000 a year before taxes. You should be happy that my family is in that category, but we aren’t rich. After paying over $14,000 in federal taxes, $6000 in child care, $3000 in property taxes and all the other sales and miscellaneous taxes, the imperial Obama IRS put a gun to our heads and said “You need to pay $1350 more” in federal taxes, What say You?

Progressive policies killing the middle class because a significant amount of liberals depend upon the federal government, and conservatives/libertarians like me depend on ourselves by adjusting or moderating what we do to overcome the progressive transgressions that hinder growth.

TOT- you have to change your talking point because their are no lazy people on welfare.

PN, you discredit yourself with this initial sentence. No means 0 a perfect number and that’s not true. I personally know a few lazy people on TANF.

Those who live in glass house, should not throw stones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW54qo...

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Nov 07, 2013 at 13:28 PM

Welcome back Funk! I'm sure your followers are very happy....I think they we're more worried about you than me...Glad your back and ready to rumble.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Nov 07, 2013 at 17:43 PM

Good to see a reasonable articulate Conservative like you Funk.

Unlike Tot, your comments contribute to the thought process.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Nov 08, 2013 at 06:59 AM

I personally know several people who have lied to social workers in order to receive benefits.

I also know a number of veterans who have faked illness in order to get disability status.

One very prominent local who proudly proclaims to be a disabled due to combat.

Several close friends from school days draw social security disability payments and they actually are in good physical health.

They swallowed their pride and became just another slacker on the dole enjoying welfare at the expense of working middle class America.

sebekm commented on Friday, Nov 08, 2013 at 12:31 PM

"The fact that I do not agree with you and Tot does not mean I am guilty of obfuscation."

It's not a matter is disagreement - it's a matter of ignoring FACTS. When you change the subject instead of addressing the facts, that's obfuscation.

sebekm commented on Friday, Nov 08, 2013 at 12:31 PM

...and matter OF disagreement, that is....

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Nov 09, 2013 at 07:47 AM

ok Sebe: I will give you and Tot this.

ACA was not thoroughly vetted.
It was launched prematurely.
The President admits he made a mistake.

However, it will get fixed.

Now hear this: I will not stand idly by nor join the mob here that seeks his crusifiction. I do not like ANGRY self-righteous Conservatives. And I will throw in their direction any monkey wrench at hand to spoil there lynch party goose step towards toward obliterating the POTUS.

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Nov 09, 2013 at 08:22 AM

Goooooo...Jimmy. You're smart and compassionate.


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