Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Class conflict in America: the rich get richer while the poor get poorer

We’ve all heard the phrase, “The rich get richer while the poor get poorer, and a recent survey supports that contention. 

“A survey released Wednesday by Pew Social & Demographic Trends finds that 66 percent of Americans see strong or very strong conflicts between rich and poor people. That’s a 19 percentage point increase over 2009.”

No surprise there bucko. Some things never change.

“The strife between rich and poor people is now seen as a bigger issue than other social conflicts, including conflict between immigrants and native-born Americans and tension between black and white Americans, according to the Pew study.”

Are the so-called 1%ers worried that the peasants might pick up pitchforks and storm their castles? Apparently not:

“Despite the perception that there is a growing conflict, the Pew report said they did not find clear support for things like government measures to address income inequality.”

In other words they don’t give a damn!

“More than 4 in 10 respondents said they think people are wealthy because they were born into wealthy families or know the right people.”

As millions of Americans have struggled with high unemployment and other lingering effects of the recession, the nation’s median household income has actually fallen slightly.

Meanwhile, the wealth gap between the richest Americans and the rest of the country widened during the recession, which officially ended in 2009.

“The Occupy Wall Street movement has been perhaps the most visible sign of people’s frustrations over the gap between rich and poor, prompting national attention and similar protests throughout the country.”

With all of our wealthy politicians thriving like thieves in Congress, don’t expect things to really change. History has a way of repeating itself when it comes to corrupt legislators calling the shots.

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