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Eleven charts that explain everything that's wrong with America.
—By Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot
March/April 2011 Issue
HOW RICH ARE THE SUPERRICH?
A huge share of the nation's economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244.
WINNERS TAKE ALL
The superrich have grabbed the bulk of the past three decades' gains.
OUT OF BALANCE
A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable.
Why Washington is closer to Wall Street than Main Street.
For a healthy few, it's getting better all the time.
YOUR LOSS, THEIR GAIN
How much income have you given up for the top 1 percent?
More Mother Jones charty goodness: How the rich get richer; how the poor get poorer; who owns Congress?