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Pictures speak a thousand words.  Listen to what these charts/pictures are saying.  But first, this quote from that screaming liberal, William F. Buckley

“Conservatives pride themselves on resisting change, which is as it should be. But    intelligent deference to tradition and stability can evolve into intellectual sloth and moral fanaticism, as when conservatives simply decline to look up from dogma because the effort to raise their heads and reconsider is too great.”
I love this quote.  So, what do the charts have to say about Trickle-Down, Income Inequality, and your financial pickle?

Where did all the money go?

Income Inequality Pre-Depression & Pre-Recession the Same

Again, where did all the money go?

Income Distribution Inequality, USA 1946 - 2007

Although this chart only goes to 2005, you can see where the money went.  Into the pockets of insatiably greedy CEOs

CEO Pay 1990 - 2005

By 2011, the CEOs benefited with even greater gains DURING the Great Recession:

CEO vs Workers Pay 1980 - 2011

NOT SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION HAVE WORKERS BEEN THIS EXPLOITED while the rich get richer.  Corporate profits are also at a 60 year high!

Here's the truth about median income in America as of 2009:

Taxes Median Income

US Workers are mostly living hand-to-mouth these days.  Don't feel badly if you are, too.  It's the new American norm, the USA is becoming one of the worst Income Inequality countries in the western world, and you should be feeling a tad upset about being bilked!

75% earn less than $42,000

50% earn less than $26,000

40% earn less than $20,000

The Median Income in the USA is only $26,000 a year.

Why does it feel like your pay check doesn't go far enough?

Why does it feel like everything but your check is rising.

They are!  

Prices for everything are rising.


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Rents Rise as More Americans Flock Back Into Cities

Nationally, rents were up 4.6 percent, even as home values have skidded along near 2003 levels.

Rents Rising Rapidly 2009 - 2014

The cost for child care is exceeding the costs of rent:

Child Care Costs Soaring 2012

In the past year, consumer food prices have increased 4.4%  Food prices will continue to increase in 2013

Food Prices Going Up 2013

Health Insurance Premium costs 2002 - 2012

Health Insurance Increase 2001 - 2012

College tuition has risen 4.8%

College Tuition Rises 1986 - 2013

Why is meat getting so expensive?  The cost of hay has gone way up

Cost of Hay 1990 - 2013

Lastly, many here are over age 50.  Have you noticed that wages seem to peak at age 50?  Is this Brookings Institute chart an indication of ageism?

Average Annual Income by Education Level

Speaking of aging.  The charts above make a good case for increasing the lowest Social Security amount from a little over $700 a month for the millions of us FORCED INO EARLY RETIREMENT IN 2007/08 due to Wall Street malfeasance and layoffs/NO JOBS FOR OLDER WORKERS. No one can live on $700 a month and many in the USA have only SSI to live on.

So, if you are feeling a little more pinched than usual, I hope the charts help explain why and that you are not all alone.  There is a lot of shared suffering these days, unless you are in the higher tax brackets, and even they are complaining.

You see, the GOP has lied for decades in their quest to kill unions, public education, and our social safety nets.

Finally, we have proof.  The IMF, CRS, and CBPP agree.

You can find the nitty, gritty details here

PROOF: GOP Deficit Hawks Lie - IMF, CRS & CPBB FINALLY Agree. See Charts

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Originally posted to War on Error on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:12 PM PST.

Also republished by Dream Menders and I follow and I Quote Meteor Blades in my Diary Group.

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