Friday, October 12, 2007

Income Gap Widens

Being rich is awesome. Just ask the 1% of Americans who earned 21% of our income in 2005. From the Wall Street Journal:
The richest Americans' share of national income has hit a postwar record, surpassing the highs reached in the 1990s bull market, and underlining the divergence of economic fortunes blamed for fueling anxiety among American workers.

The wealthiest 1% of Americans earned 21.2% of all income in 2005, according to new data from the Internal Revenue Service. That is up sharply from 19% in 2004, and surpasses the previous high of 20.8% set in 2000, at the peak of the previous bull market in stocks.

The bottom 50% earned 12.8% of all income, down from 13.4% in 2004 and a bit less than their 13% share in 2000.

Catch that last sentence? In 2005, half of our country earned 12.8% of the income. America, the land of opportunity.