/ Full site Mobile. To Click or Top End. for site navigation links at top. Mobile has three-line hamburger menu.
Return to top. See article: Cannabis is safer.
USA. The state of the nation.
16 Dec 2019:
"Voters who supported President Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, Two More New Polls Show. in the 2016 election expressed greater opposition to the policy than Republicans and Republican-leaning independents as a whole." Trump
23 Feb 2019:
. Trump Continues to Flip-Flop on Medical Marijuana
And: Reagan's war on cannabis.
Holy War on Drugs, Republican-led mass incarceration.
"Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that , 1980 Ronald Reagan campaign speech: whatever you want to call it, is probably marijuana, pot, grass and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
the most dangerous drug in the United States,
See longer article:
Cannabis is safer.
Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015.   .
Vote out most US Republicans and their cannabis war.
Register and vote for cannabis.
Trump's far-right Republicans [ edit source ] See: Return to top.
Happy alternatives to Republican-led poverty, mass incarceration, food insecurity, debt, ill health, intense concentration of wealth, endless wars.
USA. The state of the nation. For info to continue below click Full Site link:
/ Full site Mobile. To
or Top End.
GOP taxes screw middle class [ edit source ]
Return to top.
Trump signed tax law that gave 83% of benefits to the top 1%.
below. Chart and 2017 Republican tax repeal bill. individual mandate for people in those groups. Higher costs hitting more people each year. Yellow is for an average increase in cost
Up to incomes of $75,000.
Republican tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, Congressional Budget Office finds. "By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries".
2 polls: Only 29% of Americans approve of Republican tax plan.
Falling inflation-adjusted wages [ edit source ]
See: Return to top. And: Income inequality and drug war. (especially for Republican states with low minimum wages). Under Trump, inflation-adjusted wages are declining
The Trump Matrix. Wage slaves waking up.
28 Feb 2020: "The cost of everyday goods like rent, groceries and cars have outpaced median wage growth. ... Accounting for inflation, the median wage has only increased $3 since 1990 — and the cost of living expenses has far outpaced that number."
PolitiFact: Rep. Mark Pocan is on point that wages haven't moved much in the last 30 years.
25 Sep 2018:
Real Wage Growth Is Actually Falling.
10 Aug 2018. . In U.S., wage growth is being wiped out entirely by inflation
Bottom of chart below says: "Data for wages of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls." Top line in timeline below is hourly wages adjusted for inflation. It is flat:
US has stingiest minimum wage [ edit source ] See: Return to top.
2 Jul 2019:
There’s More Evidence That Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Cost Jobs. Dec. 29, 2017. "The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation." Chart below is from the article.
Chart below. USA. Inflation-adjusted federal minimum wage over the years.
See also: Source.
Wikipedia: List of minimum wages by country.
17 June 2019:
US federal minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. 10 years since last increase. A record. CNN. .
2020 State Minimum Wage Rates. Plus map showing lower minimum wages in . Republican states  .]]
Image graphic source and comments.
Top line is adjusted for inflation. Middle class prosperity peaked under Truman and Roosevelt in the 1950s due to steep progressive taxation where the middle class paid less. And the minimum wage was increased. That also pushed up middle class wages.
US federal minimum wage timeline below.
US has high wealth inequality [ edit source ]
Return to top.
median wealth by country chart:
- 2019 publication: The average median wealth per adult for Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult is much higher than that of the former great nation, the Canada ($107,004) It's due to Republican trickle-down voodoo economics: Giving tax cuts to the rich instead of to the middle class and poor who actually need them. Plus predatory mortgage loans and foreclosure. And predatory unforgivable student loans. . USA ($65,904) Google News search:
Instead of paying higher wages, and higher minimum wages. Republicans waste $$-trillions on health insurance companies , and ground wars ($5.6 trillion).
As Canada does.
US middle-class wealth has collapsed. . See chart below. See: And: Income inequality and drug war. Median wealth is exactly in the middle. 50% of adults have more, and 50% have less. Wealth is all assets (money, stocks, property, etc.) minus all debts.
Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult.?
Middle class wealth collapsing. . And: See Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world. Wikipedia: Wealth in the United States.
Median wealth per adult. US dollars
Hong Kong 146,887
New Zealand 116,433
United Kingdom 97,452
South Korea 72,198
United States 65,904
US has high income inequality [ edit source ]
Return to top.
Note that the bottom 60% of households (bottom 3 quintiles) have had little improvement in real income. While the top 20%, and especially the top 5 percent, have had large, even exceptional, increases in real income.
Timeline below of real (inflation-adjusted) average US household income by quintile and top 5 percent in 2018 dollars.
Median income by country charts:
Above chart. Increasing income inequality on the horizontal axis. Increasing economic immobility on the vertical axis. Note the Scandinavian countries on the bottom left. United States leads in income inequality, and lack of economic mobility.
26 Jul 2018:
Jake Johnson, As Workers' Wages Continue to Fall Under Trump, Analysis Shows CEO Pay Is Way Higher Than Typically Reported. Common Dreams.
17 Jul 2018: By Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders: Trump’s economy is great for billionaires, not for working families. 17 Jul 2018: USA Today. Bernie Sanders. If the economy is 'roaring', why are so many Americans still struggling? The Guardian.
15 Jun 2018. Jeff Stein and Andrew Van Dam. Real wages are not just flat, they are falling.
Increasing income inequality over time. Chart below from:
17 Dec 2017: A Republican Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts.
New York Times.
1 Jul 2016: By Bryce Covert. . Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History "Incomes for the 99 percent have only recovered about 60 percent of what they lost. But the rich are doing great. ... They captured more than half of all the income growth in the country."
Massive US household debt [ edit source ] See Return to top.
Wikipedia: Household debt. Chart below is from the PDF. . US household debt at all time high
Total household debt. From 1st quarter 2003 through recent times.
Total Household Debt by Type:
Click to enlarge. Timeline is by quarters.
Massive US medical debt [ edit source ] See: Return to top.
Canadian single-payer universal healthcare versus US healthcare.
This doesn't happen in Canada, due to single-payer universal healthcare.
17 Jan 2019:
By Venessa Wong. US. 34 Devastating Stories About How People Are Still Crushed By Medical Debt.
Progressive Republicans: [ edit source ]
President Eisenhower. 1953 [ edit source ]
Return to top. President: January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961.
Wikipedia: Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Article by PolitiFact says it is mostly true. See Viral meme says 1956 Republican platform was pretty liberal.
President Eisenhower followed progressives like President Roosevelt. Roosevelt and General Eisenhower had worked together to crush the far-right of their day, the Nazis.
"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country."
Franklin Roosevelt's Statement on the National Industrial Recovery Act. June 16, 1933.
Unlike today's Republicans, Eisenhower understood that
does not work.
14 Oct 2018:
Bernie Sanders video: Trickle-Down Economics Does Not Work.
12 Oct 2018:
Bernie Sanders video: Disney Heiress Abigail Disney Says The Wealthy Don't Need Another Tax Break.
His 91% top marginal tax rate [ edit source ]
Equaled prosperity for more [ edit source ]
Return to top. He participated in . Eisenhower, the progressive Republican President, had a 91% top marginal income tax rate. in the 1950s. one of the greatest eras of economic prosperity-for-more in the US
That era had lower overall taxes on the middle class.
Higher average effective tax rate on the top 1 percent of US households in the 1950s (42% average effective tax rate). Total of federal, state, and local taxes. In 2014 it was 36.4%.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez By Kyle Jaeger. January 7, 2019. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hires Former Marijuana Lobbyist As Senior Advisor. Marijuana Moment. From the article: "Both believe that marijuana should be legalized at the federal level".
. Ocasio-Cortez floats 70 percent tax on the super wealthy to fund Green New Deal
7 Jan 2018:
And: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is floating a 70 percent top tax rate — here’s the research that backs her up. Haters. And: Dancegate.
Ocasio-Cortez's "Radical" Proposal Proves Extremely Mainstream. As Poll Shows Majority Back 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate for Ultra-Rich,  .
Highest marginal income tax rates over time.
And: Above chart source. Source 2.
11 Sep 2018.
USA. Since 2001, labor’s share of national income has suffered a sustained decline.
See above chart source. . And source article.
When capital gains are included.
Top 10% of earners receive 50% of all income.
And: Above graph source. Source 2.
10 Jul 2018: " National (US) Pay Trends. wages have risen 12.9 percent overall in the US. But when you factor in inflation, Since 2006, In other words, the income for a typical worker today buys them less than it did in 2006."
real wages' have actually fallen 9.3 percent.
2 Jul 2018:
Paul Buchheit. An Update for 2018: More Evidence That Half of Americans Are In or Near Poverty. Common Dreams.
7 Aug 2018. By Drew DeSilver. For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades. Pew Research Center. Chart below is from the article. Bottom of chart says: "Data for wages of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls."
The top line in the chart below is for hourly wages adjusted for inflation
President Abraham Lincoln [ edit source ]
Return to top. From a Abraham Lincoln.
message to the U.S. Congress, 3 December 1861:
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
. The See: full speech.
Return to top.