Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Poor Heart Bleeds For The 'One Percenters'

The whining, the moaning, the gnashing of teeth, the fury of the "one Percenters" this past week, when "thePrez" announced his intention to add a surtax on the wealthiest citizens was epic. You'd think it was the unfairest thing since slavery.

But consider: The top 5 percent own more than half of all wealth.

In 1998, they owned 59 percent of all wealth. Or to put it another way, the top 5 percent had more wealth than the remaining 95 percent of the population, collectively. :

THE RICHEST 1 (ONE) PERCENT of Americans own more wealth than
1) ALL of the wealth of ALL of the MIDDLE class
COMBINED WITH
2) ALL of the wealth of ALL of the LOWER class
AND ADDED TO
3) ALL of the wealth of the bottom HALF of the UPPER class

Via multinationalmonitor:
The top 20 percent owns over 80 percent of all wealth. In 1998, it owned 83 percent of all wealth.

This is a very concentrated distribution.

The bottom 20 percent basically have zero wealth. They either have no assets, or their debt equals or exceeds their assets. The bottom 20 percent has typically accumulated no savings.

A household in the middle — the median household — has wealth of about $62,000. $62,000 is not insignificant, but if you consider that the top 1 percent of households’ average wealth is $12.5 million, you can see what a difference there is in the distribution.

Things are even more concentrated if you exclude owner-occupied housing. It is nice to own a house and it provides all kinds of benefits, but it is not very liquid. You can’t really dispose of it, because you need some place to live.

The top 1 percent of families hold half of all non-home wealth.

The middle class’s major assets are their home, liquid assets like checking and savings accounts, CDs and money market funds, and pension accounts. For the average family, these assets make up 84 percent of their total wealth.

The richest 10 percent of families own about 85 percent of all outstanding stocks. They own about 85 percent of all financial securities, 90 percent of all business assets. These financial assets and business equity are even more concentrated than total wealth.
From each according to ability, to each according to need.

1 comment:

Mr. Pelican said...

If people were registered for political party vis-a-vis their socio-economic status to the party which
best represents their "needs", the majority of Americans would be Dims. And yet you find lots of middle class and lower middle class Pukes! This is like chickens voting for Col. Sanders. These ignorant, hidebound bible thumping, gun-toting, liberal baiting racists are going to get the fucking they richly deserve. Howmsoever we gonna get it, too. Pass the vaseline.