The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that imbalance in dramatic and graphic fashion.
The video, which started going viral on Friday and whose traffic continues to climb on YouTube— reflects the facts as seen from many different sources.
These types of statistics and unbalanced realities are important to remember/recall when austerity has been implemented, a set of policies that says the poorest & most-cheated in society should bare the weight of the mistakes of the richest & most-powerful. And as the graphics in this video clearly demonstrate, it all adds up to the wealthiest getting wealthier and the poorest getting the bare minimum that the wealth owners can get by with paying the working class.
holy fucking shit
people that say “you just aren’t trying hard enough” can go fuck themselves
* ONE DAY POOR WILL HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO EAT, BUT TO EAT THE RICH.
* The 1%
In 2010, according to a study published this month by University of California economist Emmanuel Saez, 93 percent of income growth went to the wealthiest 1 percent of American households, while everyone else divvied up the 7 percent that was left over. Put another way: The most fundamental characteristic of the U.S. economy today is the divide between the 1 percent and the 99 percent. It was not ever thus. In the recovery that followed the downturn of the early 1990s, the wealthiest 1 percent captured 45 percent of the nation’s income growth. In the recovery that followed the dot-com bust 10 years ago, Saez noted, 65 percent of the income growth went to the top 1 percent. This time around, it’s reached 93 percent — a level so high it shakes the foundations of the entire American project.
“Stephen Colbert has chimed in on the now infamous New York Times op-ed penned by former Goldman Sachs banker Greg Smith.
Easily the best line: “Once he found out Goldman had a culture of greed, he left immediately after 12 years at the firm.”
Aired on 3-14-2012
Some exciting Occupy Movement Poster Designs
from left to right
- Creator: Alexandra Clotfelter, Origin: Savannah, GA, Ladyfawn.com
- Creator: Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung Tinkin.com
- Creator: Adam Winnik, Origin: Toronto, Canada Adamwinnik.com
- Creator: Josh MacPhee, Origin: Brooklyn, NY Justseeds.org
- Creator: Eric Drooker, Origin: New York City GStrike.org
- Creator: Pete Yahnke Railand, Origin: Albuquerque, New Mexico Justseeds.org
- Creator: Roger Peet, Origin: Portland, OR Justseeds.org
- Creator: Vaughn Warren, Origin: Vancouver BC Vaughnwarren.com
See more HERE
* I found this cool artwork at the Fullerton college. This was taken back in 2011 during the whole Occupy Wall Street Movement.
* Not some Islam extremists with their AK-47 in the mountains, but the group of greed bankers on American soil.
Fuck the 1%
A rejected advertisement submitted to The Financial Times by Amnesty International
According to this tax rate data, in the median state (Mississippi, as it turns out) the poorest 20 percent pay twice the tax rate of the top 1 percent. In the worst states, the poorest 20 percent pay five to six times the rate of the richest 1 percent.
This chart pretty much sums up what a lot of folks have been talking about.
“I love the occupy movement, I think it’s a beautiful thing to see all that energy and all that love that’s out there and all those people making a commitment. I’m hoping that some of that energy can go towards occupying places where we can actually stop the 1%. Right? Because we don’t want to just tell the 1%, “you’re horrible and this is wrong”, we want to actually stop them and the way to stop them is to occupy the places where they make their money.
I’ve heard a lot of talk about this distinction between occupy going after Wall Street and the financial sector versus focusing on the environment. To me, it’s a false distinction because I know that the people who run the world and are living off of all of us make their money by exploiting the environment and by taking away land from indigenous peoples. These are not separate issues at all - they are all one issue.
If we want to stop the 1%, we have to go to their factories, we have to go to the pipelines, we have to go to the ports where trade happens, we have to go to the stock exchanges inside… and all those things have to be occupied.
Hopefully, we can begin a conversation about switching to more direct targets for occupying. We’re calling it “Occupy the Machine”.
- Premadasi Amada, Deep Green Resistance
Close the tap first, then clean up. See Occupy the Machine – Stop the 1%, Literally
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Occupy the Machine is an ad hoc umbrella group using serious, sustained direct action campaigns to shut down major targets that destroy the land and exploit humans, permanently.
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