Skip to comments.Are the Rich Really Getting Richer?
Posted on 04/20/2007 10:36:04 AM PDT by Wuli
"There are frequent complaints that U.S. income inequality has increased in recent decades. Estimates of rising inequality that are widely cited in the media are often based on federal income tax return data. ..............."
"However, there have been large changes in U.S. tax rules over time that have made a dramatic difference on what is reported as income on individual tax returns. .........."
"Measurements of inequality have also been affected by large reductions in income tax rates, particularly in 1986..........."
"In sum, studies based on tax return data provide highly misleading comparisons of changes to the U.S. income distribution because of dramatic changes in tax rules and tax reporting in recent decades............"
".......there is little evidence of a significant or sustained increase in the inequality of U.S. incomes, wages, consumption, or wealth over the past 20 years."
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And another Liberal Urban Legend goes down in flames..
The top level industrialists and bankers of centuries past (the “robber barons”) were arguably richer relatively speaking than the richest people in society today are.
If your politics are to the left, you have to fudge the numbers. Especially when unemployment is at 4.4% (and the liberal utopias of Europe, like Germany and France, hover at 10-12% respectively).
I keep getting richer, but “rich” keeps getting redefined up. I’ve now concluded that “rich” has probably been secretly defined as “having more money than I do”. It’ll be forever beyond reach.
“I keep getting richer, but rich keeps getting redefined up. Ive now concluded that rich has probably been secretly defined as having more money than I do. Itll be forever beyond reach.”
You hit one of the proverbial “nails” on the head about this issue.
Rush often places the facts of this situation on the opposite side - the “poor” - in two ways.
1. The incomes of who is called “poor” keeps increasing (the socialists don’t readily admit it, they try to keep the focus on the ‘distance’ between the very top and the very bottom).
2. The actual economic circumstances of “the poor” keeps improving - # who own a home, own a car, have air conditioning, free public education, tuition assistance, own how many TVs, etc., etc., etc. to the point that many “workers” in many countries would be economically better off in the U.S., with whatever part of “public assistance” that our economic safety net provides, even with the limits and qualifications for many parts of that safety net.
Why is 1 and 2 true. Because even the hardworking poor in the U.S. benefit from the EITC which results in refunds to some of the hardworking poor that exceed the tax they had to pay. The EITC has actually helped in the reduction of welfare, because it rewards workers as opposed to shirkers. You have to have EI (earned income) (but a low EI) to get its TC (tax cerdit).
Yes, we are.
Now that I’m rich, can I buy a liberal and make him shut up?