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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 08:35 AM
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Wealth Gap Is Increasing, Study Shows
Source: Science Daily

The rich really are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, a new University of Michigan study shows.

The study---the most recent available analysis of long-term wealth trends among U.S. households---is based on data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since 1968.

Over the last 20 years, the net worth of the top two percentile of American families nearly doubled, from $1,071,000 in 1984 to $2,100,500 in 2005. But the poorest quarter of American families lost ground over the same period, with their 2005 net worth below their 1984 net worth, measured in constant 2005 dollars.

The poorest ten percent of families actually had a negative net worth---more liabilities than assets. The poorest 5 percent of American households had a negative net worth of a little more than $1,000 in 1984, compared to nearly $9,000 in 2005

Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/0708071719...
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 09:06 AM
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1. Ahhh...back to the Gilded Age.
Those poor plutocrats have had such a long, arduous travail since the depression and that awful New Deal. At last God is in his heaven and all is right with the world again.




:sarcasm:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 09:09 AM
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2. Yea......
Maybe my monocle business will take off again...
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 10:17 AM
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7. And spats! nt
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 02:39 PM
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11. Negative net worth = Credit card debt
Credit cards are given out like candy and people are racking up a mountain of debt with no way to pay it off. This is especially prevalent amongst college students.
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bamacrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 09:26 AM
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3. "There's some lovely filth over here."
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 09:31 AM
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4. And the more they have, the more they complain about their taxes
This debacle in Iraq may be the last nail in the coffin of the US economy
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 09:36 AM
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5. "Move along. There is nothing to see here (smirk). - Commander AWOL & Have Mores
Edited on Thu Aug-09-07 09:38 AM by SpiralHawk
"Smirk, smirk, smirk" - Commander AWOL & cabal of corrupt republicon Homelander crony Have Mores

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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 09:41 AM
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6. Study??? . . . we don't need no stinkin' study!. . . WE KNOW!!! . . . n/t
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 10:32 AM
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8. No Shit.....
We need a study for this??
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 11:41 AM
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9. It's not enough! They need more! It's so unfair.
A rising tide lifts all yachts; it's so unfair that our best and...well, BEST have to pay to support the peons. You can't have a really grand empire without having a glittering aristocracy.
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 02:29 PM
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10. Ah, I get it now....
Halliburton is building debtors camps around America, not camps for dissidents, unless they owe money, the deadbeats...
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-10-07 01:57 AM
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12. We are going through the Robber baron times
a repeat in history
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