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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.

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

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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  •  Incredible compilation (7+ / 0-)

    and disturbing.  

    How will the economy ever work for everyone if money is being rapidly siphoned out of circulation and hoarded by 1% of the participants?  

    The bigger question is why do the teabaggers who aren't among that 1% so supportive of these trends?  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:06:16 PM PST

    •  It Hasn't Since Disco, and It Can't. That's Why (7+ / 0-)

      we have vulture capitalism now. The 99% can't buy much more production, so there's no use in business investing in production. That's why they're sitting on 2 trillion in cash, no point hiring or upgrading.

      More and more, capital can only make money by gambling on other investors, or by extraction in predation of businesses it wrecks.

      When there's no more food, a body eats its own muscle.

      Ownership knows all this, it's returning humanity to our 10,000 year norm of economies only working for the few owners.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:18:20 PM PST

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    •  It Hasn't Since Disco Because It Can't. That's Why (3+ / 0-)

      business is sitting on 2 trillion; no point hiring or upgrading facilities when the people can't afford to buy increased production.

      Capital increasingly looks for returns from either gambling on other investors or from vulture capitalism wrecking businesses.

      Top ownership understands everything in this diary. The diary charts their return of humanity to our 10 millennia norm of economies working well only for ownership.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:24:24 PM PST

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      •  Well said, Gooserock. I share your ire. (1+ / 0-)
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        Beginning in 2008 I watched huge, new apartment complexes going up.  A one bedroom (teeny) rents for almost $1,100 a month in south Salt Lake County.  NO relationship to wages at all.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:29:52 PM PST

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  •  thanks (5+ / 0-)

    for the hard work.


    where have all the data geeks gone, around here?


    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:35:01 PM PST

    •  You're welcome. Well, I'm still plugging away (4+ / 0-)
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      sfinx, jamess, Words In Action, gulfgal98

      Thanks for all your hard work, too.  

      We will just keep chipping away.  It does make a difference.

      I've gotten pretty fast at getting a screen shot, up to flickr, into diary.  Took an hour because Safari crashed twice.

      Chart diaries can be quick to assemble.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:39:21 PM PST

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      •  I love a good chart diary! (3+ / 0-)
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        jamess, Words In Action, War on Error

        Thanks.

        Babylon system is the vampire... ~Bob Marley

        by sfinx on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:49:31 PM PST

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      •  I'm this close from walking away (4+ / 0-)

        from doing complex or seriously researched posts anymore.


        I spent about 5-6 hours working on a chart intensive post, over the holidays.

        to see it get a grand total of 6 recs (on of which was my mother).  1 rec per hour of toil.


        Priorities, priorities ... if only we could check the Checkbook
        by jamess -- Dec 28, 2012


        If something takes an iota of thought -- or gasp! some reading -- people just don't have the time anymore.

        Their brains have be Twitterified -- my theory. lol.


        "plugging away" ... apt description.  That, and rowing the boat, all by ourselves.


        Here's how the game is really Rigged.

        by jamess on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:12:01 PM PST

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        •  Well, jamess (4+ / 0-)

          Twitter is a great way to get the research we do out to a broader audience.

          You have to get on board with #hastags etc and really good at headline writing, but I've had as many as 3,000 views.  Sadly, the view count no longer shows on my diaries.  Is this the same for everyone?

          Also, having a steel trap of a mind, I benefit from the research and work put into a diary.

          So, please keep up the great work.  

          Do you twitter?

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:06:47 PM PST

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          •  :nods: (2+ / 0-)
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            jamess, War on Error

            twitter brought me here tonight, I check in every so often but  not usually this time of night. MoT retweeted it.

            -7.75, -6.05 And these wars; they can't be won Does anyone know or care how they begun?-Matt Bellamy

            by nicolemm on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:42:47 PM PST

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          •  no I don't (1+ / 0-)
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            War on Error

            can't really figure it out.  (or figure out the point of it.)


            it seems like so much noise.  


            Kind of like the Recent List here On Steroids.

            With paragraph sized cryptic blurbs racing by,

            that are hardly worth the time to click open and decipher.

            Most leave me saying Huh?


            If I wanted to listen to a thousand people all talking at once,
            I'll go to a football game.

            Celebs like it, I guess.  Makes them feel like they're talking cleverly to their fans.


            Here's how the game is really Rigged.

            by jamess on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 11:23:01 PM PST

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            •  I was intimidated for a while (1+ / 0-)
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              jamess

              but dove in.  It's easy to sign up.

              As a research buff you will love the search engine on twitter, although not perfect.

              I use it to help research something I am working on.

              For instance, I am working on Ireland, gathering stuff.  I go to twitter search #Belfast and get a look at what the people are chatting about.

              A great research tool.

              There are wonderful progressives.  You get to choose what you see by "following" the people you want.  If someone pops up you don't want, you simply "block" them.

              In short, you choose what streams on your personalized twitter stream

              Thanks for the years of chatting.

              Friend
              WOE

              It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

              by War on Error on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:27:29 AM PST

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              •  I've tried a few times, (1+ / 0-)
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                maybe I'll try again and based on your recommendation, WoE;

                I never did figure out the search engine,
                although I did start following some folks (Markos was interesting; Katrina VH too)

                and the Trending Topics I was starting to get it,
                but Google News is more useful to me in that regard.
                (I don't think I ever got one story idea, for watching Twitter.)

                But, all the # and @ and double-tuck back-flips -- drove me batty.  was about when I left.


                thanks for being so dedicated to progressive reporting and explaining to people what they need to know, WoE.
                thanks for being there and doing what you do, it's inspiring.

                it has been a bright spot for me, being your on-line friend.  
                Hopefully we make a difference, somehow.


                Here's how the game is really Rigged.

                by jamess on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:51:55 PM PST

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                •  You are so kind. Thank you for the encouragement (1+ / 0-)
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                  jamess

                  Twitter is vastly flexible.  I don't sit and watch the stream, either.

                  I use the search engine.  It works like most do.

                  Put "around phrase" or just search for a word, etc the same.

                  What is unique with twitter is the use of what are called hashtags.  #Hashtag

                  The number sign attached to a word like #Fracking.

                  I like hashtags BECAUSE they help those interested in something to find what is happening, etc.

                  The search window for twitter is upper right hand corner ish

                  Twitter Search

                  If/when you go there, follow me - @occupygreed

                  And when you publish a diary on a subject, you can tweet it.  I sometimes do a twitter search for the topic of the diary, Click on Tweet
                  Copy the tweet
                  Go to Twitter
                  Search for the topic
                  Look for a couple of news sources
                  click on Reply and paste the tweet

                  This way, a larger audience can see the information.

                  Let me know your twitter name if/when you do, K?

                  Let's keep chipping away.

                  It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

                  by War on Error on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:56:39 PM PST

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                  •  K (1+ / 0-)
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                    War on Error

                    I'm now following @occupygreed  (nice charts)

                    I just "tweeted you"


                    thanks for the explanations it does help.

                    Use it like a search engine resource.

                    Don't sit there and watch the feeds, ok
                    (that's what I was doing -- it always gave me a headache, in short order.)

                    I'm what you call a newbie, I guess.


                    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

                    by jamess on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:16:55 PM PST

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                    •  Good morning. I signed off early last night (1+ / 0-)
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                      jamess

                      Still fighting this flu bug.

                      Welcome to twitter!

                      I followed back.

                      May I also recommend following

                      @dailykos
                      @kos

                      Try a couple of experiments.

                      Pick one of your fav diaries, open it, click on tweet,

                      I picked this one

                      The House 67: Roll Call -- Hurricane Sandy's Hall of Shame http://www.dailykos.com/... via @dailykos

                      and tweeked it to add my style and your twitter avi

                      ‏RT @James_Siebert <> The House 67: Roll Call -- Hurricane Sandy's Hall of Shame <> http://www.dailykos.com/... via @dailykos

                      And clicked on TWEET

                      You should see it on your twitter account.  To do so, look at the pic of Twitter above.  See the connect option to the right of HOME.  CONNECT is where you will see any/all tweets that included your avi name.

                      I often go through my list of diaries and pick one if the subject is being discussed and tweet it.  Truth is timeless.

                      Let me know if you have any questions, K?  Off for coffee and some chores.

                      WOE

                      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

                      by War on Error on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:42:05 AM PST

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