Friday, June 24, 2011

Income Trickles Up in a Supposedly "Trickle Down" Economy

Here is a post by Mark Thoma on his blog Economist's View:
Labor's Share of Nonfarm Business Income Plummets

This graph of labor's falling share of income explains a lot about the growing political discord in the middle and lower classes:

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[via Frum Forum]

I've talked a lot about the need for job creation, and that is still of utmost importance. But job creation alone is not going to be enough to turn the tide of growing unhappiness with our increasingly two-tiered society.
You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. At some point the American electorate is going to wake up and realize they've been taken for fools by the "Reagan revolution" with his "trickle down" economics that has only succeeded in making the ultra-rich fabulously wealthy while leaving the bottom 90% with nothing.

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