From the March/April issue of Mother Jones, Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot have assembled some fabulous, frightening images illustrating the vast, growing wage and wealth gap afflicting most Americans. These illustrate beyond a doubt that in the last 30+ years, but even more under George W. Bush than under Reagan, the wealthiest Americans have usurped most of America’s wealth, that most Americans’ incomes and earnings have stagnated and decreased, that our tax revenues are decreasingly gleaned from taxing the wealthiest citizens, and that most Americans are unaware of just how unequal our society has become. See for yourself:
I am convinced that underlying these protests against anti-union and anti-worker proposals in Wisconsin, Ohio, and elsewhere is a strong sense of not only the class and wealth inequalities wonderfully illustrated above, but also that these have occurred and increased in the last few years of an economy that has worsened from deregulation, neo-Ponzi schemes, the derivatives rackets, and declining occupational opportunities as we are told by the president and super-rich that we need to “tighten our belts.” People recognize class warfare when they see and feel it (even if they may underestimate the degree to which it transpires), and they’re seeing and feeling it in full force in these blatant anti-union bills. Class warfare has been on for some time, but this recent campaign has been as stark as any I have seen in my lifetime and, like many of you, I have seen more than my fair share of campaigns and trench combat in the ongoing class war.