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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Middle Class Sinking Fast!

"Over the past three decades, the distribution of income in the United States has become increasingly dispersed in particular, the share of income to high-income households has increased, whereas the share accruing to other households has declined," the Congregational Budget Office said. While those at the top have seen their incomes soar over the past three decades, middle-class and lower incomes have stagnated. As told by the CNN, "For the top 1% of the population, average inflation-adjusted household income grew by 275%. The rest of wealthiest fifth of the population, not including the top 1%, saw household income grow by 65%". The middle class had a different story from that and the poorest fifth of the population saw their incomes rise a mere 18% in a little less than 30 years, according to the study, which was based on IRS and Census data.

As we seen with the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, it can be seen that it is in part a revolutionary act being put to use based on the culmination of all these discrepancies. Shifts in government transfers and federal taxes also contributed to that increase in inequality not only between the class system but the society as well. Protesters refer to themselves as "the other 99%," which suggests that they represent a broad segment of the U.S. demographic, excluding the wealthiest 1% of Americans. Occupy Wall Street began on Sept. 17 in Manhattan's Financial District and has grown into a global movement since then.

I speak on this issue as a representative of equal opportunity and the dismantling of oppression in any form including class and equitable opportunities, I see this as a big issue that is rising once again and will cause more than occupy wall street acts. I wanted to raise awareness about this to you fellow readers because it is a serious issue and something not only America is dealing with, if the middle class alone is having such difficulty imagine how hard it is for the lower class and poorest populations. So take a stand and raise your because we have been divided and conquered and it is up to us to once again be united as we stand.

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