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Declining inflation-adjusted wages Edit

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The Trump Matrix. Wage slaves waking up.

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Especially for Republican states with low minimum wages.

28 Feb 2020: Rep. Mark Pocan is on point that wages haven't moved much in the last 30 years. PolitiFact. "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."

7 Feb 2020: Real pay data show Trump's 'blue collar boom' is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts.
2020 US minimum wage map

2020 State Minimum Wage Rates. Plus map showing lower minimum wages in Republican states. [34][35].

The problem with America

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US federal minimum wage timeline below. 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.

Timeline of federal minimum hourly wage for nonfarm workers for the United States. And inflation-adjusted


Real wages are adjusted for inflation. Listen up, Trump cupcakes. Your fearless leader screwed nearly all of us.
Reagonomics. Give rich people money

25 Sep 2018: Real Wage Growth Is Actually Falling. Forbes.

14 Aug 2018: Stagnating salaries: Real US wages are essentially back at 1974 levels, Pew reports. Daniel B. Kline. USA Today.

In U.S., wage growth is being wiped out entirely by inflation. 10 Aug 2018. Washington Post.

7 Aug 2018: For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades. Pew Research Center.

Top line in timeline below is hourly wages adjusted for inflation. It is flat: Bottom of chart below says: "Data for wages of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls."

Timeline of inflation-adjusted average hourly wages in the US

US. Stingiest minimum wage Edit

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2 Jul 2019: There’s More Evidence That Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Cost Jobs.

"The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation." Dec. 29, 2017. Washington Post. See Wikipedia: List of minimum wages by country.

Chart below. USA. Inflation-adjusted federal minimum wage over the years.

U.S. minimum wage peaked in 1968

17 June 2019: US federal minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. 10 years since last increase. A record. CNN. [92].

  • If the minimum wage in 1968 was adjusted for inflation
  • Someday I'm gonna own my own pyramid
US myth. Minimum wage workers are teenagers

Trump's far-right Republicans Edit

Their taxes screw middle class Edit

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Chart below. 2017 Republican tax and individual mandate repeal bill. Yellow is for an average increase in cost for people in those groups. Higher costs hitting more people each year. Up to incomes of $75,000.

2017 Republican tax and individual mandate repeal bill. Effect on average taxpayer by income group

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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. 2.

Vs President Eisenhower (1953-60) Edit

A progressive Republican. Edit

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Eisenhower, the progressive Republican President, had a 91% top marginal income tax rate.. He participated in one of the greatest eras of economic prosperity-for-more in the US in the 1950s.
That era had lower overall taxes on the middle class.

1956 Republican platform meme

His 91% top marginal tax rate Edit

Equaled prosperity for more Edit

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. January 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hires Former Marijuana Lobbyist As Senior Advisor. By Kyle Jaeger. January 7, 2019. 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: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is floating a 70 percent top tax rate — here’s the research that backs her up. And: Haters. And: Dancegate.

Eisenhower, the progressive Republican President, had a 91% top marginal income tax rate.. He participated in one of the greatest eras of economic prosperity-for-more in the US in the 1950s.
That era had lower overall taxes on the middle class.

Make America Progressive and Prosperous for More Again. Face-smile

Federal, state, and local taxes. Average effective tax rate on top 1 percent of US households

As Poll Shows Majority Back 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate for Ultra-Rich, Ocasio-Cortez's "Radical" Proposal Proves Extremely Mainstream. [93][94].

Top US federal marginal tax rates. Timeline

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USA. Since 2001, labor’s share of national income has suffered a sustained decline. 11 Sep 2018.

Labor's share of national income as a percentage

See chart. [36]. And source article.

Chart below: Top 10% of earners receive 50% of all income. When capital gains are included.

Top 10% of US population receive 50% of all income

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26 Jul 2018: As Workers' Wages Continue to Fall Under Trump, Analysis Shows CEO Pay Is Way Higher Than Typically Reported. Jake Johnson, Common Dreams.
17 Jul 2018: Bernie Sanders: Trump’s economy is great for billionaires, not for working families. By Bernie Sanders. USA Today. 17 Jul 2018: If the economy is 'roaring', why are so many Americans still struggling? Bernie Sanders. The Guardian.

10 Jul 2018: National (US) Pay Trends. "Since 2006, wages have risen 12.9 percent overall in the US. But when you factor in inflation, real wages' have actually fallen 9.3 percent. In other words, the income for a typical worker today buys them less than it did in 2006."

2 Jul 2018: An Update for 2018: More Evidence That Half of Americans Are In or Near Poverty. Paul Buchheit. Common Dreams.

Roosevelt and living wage

Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 1933.

Real wages are not just flat, they are falling. 15 Jun 2018. Jeff Stein and Andrew Van Dam. Washington Post.


Workers’ wages fall after Republican tax cuts. 13 Jun 2018. Tax cuts went mostly to the rich. Should have gone mostly to the middle class who would have had more money free to plow back into the economy.

For the biggest group of American workers, wages aren’t just flat. They’re falling. June 15, 2018. Washington Post. [95][96][97].
15 Jun 2018: Where’s That $4,000 Raise Republicans Promised Workers?


For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades. 7 Aug 2018. By Drew DeSilver. 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

Timeline of inflation-adjusted average hourly wages in the US


Increasing income inequality over time. Chart below from:
17 Dec 2017: A Republican Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts. New York Times.

Rapidly rising pre-tax income inequality in the USA

1 Jul 2016: Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History. By Bryce Covert. ThinkProgress. "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."

US has high wealth inequality Edit

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For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class. Oct 8, 2019. "The top 400 families have more wealth than the bottom 60 percent of households, while the top 0.1 percent own as much as the bottom 80 percent." [98][99][100][101][102][103][104][105].

See the median wealth by country chart:

Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult - The average median wealth per adult for Canada ($106,342) is much higher than that of the former great nation, the USA ($61,667). 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. Google News search: student debt.

Republicans waste $$-trillions on health insurance companies, and ground wars ($5.6 trillion). Instead of paying higher wages, and higher minimum wages. As Canada does.

US middle-class wealth has collapsed. [106]. See chart below. See: Income inequality and drug war. And: Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult.? 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.

Median net worth of U.S. households over time

Middle class wealth collapsing. [37]. And: Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world. See Wikipedia: Wealth in the United States.

US has massive household debt Edit

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US household debt at all time high. Chart below from page 3 of PDF.
Total household debt. 1st quarter 2003 through 1st quarter 2019.

Total Household Debt by Type:

Total US household debt and its composition over time

Click to enlarge. Timeline is by quarters.

Massive US medical debt Edit

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This doesn't happen in Canada, due to single-payer universal healthcare.

17 Jan 2019: US. 34 Devastating Stories About How People Are Still Crushed By Medical Debt. By Venessa Wong. BuzzFeed News.

US has high income inequality Edit

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See the median income by country charts:

Timeline of real (inflation-adjusted) average US household income by quintile and top 5 percent.
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.

Real average household income by quintile and top 5 percent in 2018 dollars

Trickle down does not work Edit

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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.

Reagonomics. Give rich people money

Cannabis is safer. Edit

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USA. The state of the nation.

Deaths from alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana

16 Dec 2019: Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, Two More New Polls Show. "Voters who supported President Trump in the 2016 election expressed greater opposition to the policy than Republicans and Republican-leaning independents as a whole."

2 May 2019: Time to Admit It: Trump Opposes Cannabis Legalization. He opposed latest 3 bills for veterans’ access to medical cannabis.

23 Feb 2019: Trump Continues to Flip-Flop on Medical Marijuana.

See: Reagan's war on cannabis. And: Holy War on Drugs, Republican-led mass incarceration.

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, 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."


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Obama on medical marijuana and drugs
Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [114][115][116].

U.S. incarceration timeline 4

Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.


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