This from Mother Jones:
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% of us ? $31, 244.
The richest 10% controls 2/3 of American's net worth.
From 2007 through 2009 Wall Street profits soared 720%. Unemployment rose 102%. American's home equity dropped 35%.
The average CEO pay is 185 times bigger than the average worker.
In 1985, THE FORBES 400 were worth $221 billion combined. Today, they're worth $1.13 trillion -- more than the GDP of Canada. The median household income has meanwhile stagnated at around $44, 000.
In 2005, there were 9 million American millionaires. In 2005, 25.7 million Americans received food stamps.
A minimum wage employee who works 40 hours a week for 51 weeks a year goes home with $10, 506 before taxes. Such a worker would take 7000 years to earn Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's yearly compensation.
And this from John Steinbeck (author of The Grapes of Wrath):
"Our royalists really think they own the world."
Now this from St Basil:
"The rich take what belongs to everyone, and claim they have a right to own it, to monopolize it."
Virtually every American and virtually every State in the Union is struggling to survive -- excepting the super-rich. So why not ask the trillion dollar question? Forget getting rid of the infamous Bush tax-cuts. Why not ask the super-rich to come to the aid of America and Americans? Why not ask them to just give us the two trillion or so they've got stashed away? They've scored a mighty big hit on America -- so why can't they ask what they can do for their country?
Can't we promise them, when things turn around and the middle-class is thriving again, that we'll build a monument for them in the National Mall?
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.