Revenues and benefits go to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. For instance, the middle class is progressively shrinking. According to White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, the percentage of people who are middle class has fallen from 50 percent to 42 percent. On the contrary, a 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service reveals that the wealthiest 10 percent of households went from controlling 67 percent of the country’s wealth in 1989 to almost 75 percent in 2010. Moreover, this uneven distribution of wealth has contributed enormously to increased poverty and deprivation in the US.
The article says, “While the top 1 percent have seen their incomes rise 18 percent over the past decade, those in the middle have actually seen their incomes fall.” (Stiglitz 2011) While the rich are getting higher incomes prices the poor are getting higher income by taking it from the one in the middle which therefore, makes them get a lower income percentage. America has fallen behind because of not being an equal country to the population by the income equality there is a huge gap between the income being earned by the poor and the rich. The rich are wealthy and the poor depend on the government for everything. As stated in the article, “America lags behind any country in the old, ossified Europe that President George W. Bush used to deride. Among our closest counterparts are Russia with its oligarchs and Iran.
It was the rebirth of an economic stimulus. They provided legacies such as global unity, foreign trade, banking systems, skilled workers, industrialism, profit margin gains, wageworkers and financial freedom for some. These reasons are what make a merchant a noble social class and one to
But after the civil war there were many changes which took place in United States and their wealth also increased. After World War II, the United States emerged as economically stable and prosperous country. American companies were growing rapidly and both major parties of World War II were committed for making Economic reforms and keep unemployment low. Therefore the United States led a system was developed called as Bretton Woods system to equally divide the share between the nations. The US dollar was made common currency for trade which made the United States a global leader and it was advantage for United States companies to do trade in their national currency.
At the same time, the problem of unemployment also existed. Actually, unemployment remained high in the twenties. Although the government had policies to take income tax in order to balance the income between the rich and the poor, the actual income of the big companies were much more than what they pay for tax. The effort made by government did not help workers effectively. After the Great Depression, the New Deal programs benefited people who suffered from inequality a lot.
INTRODUCTION In recent years there has been great progress in reducing poverty in the world. In 1990, lived 38% of the world 's people live in extreme poverty. Today the figure is 10% and that means that the proportion of extreme poor in the world has declined by over two thirds in 25 years. Overall, this means that there are 1 billion people fewer living in extreme poverty today than in 1990. The good news is that today is the first time that both the number and proportion of extreme poor declining in all parts of the world simultaneously.
During the Great Depression the unemployment rates were at 25%, which is extremely high for that time, and the rates for the Great Recession was 9% which is comparable to then because there are more people in the world than there was at the time of the Great Depression. This unemployment rate affect many people causing them to lose their job and find new work even though it was hard due to the economy being bad and this makes things get worse and a worse till something comes along and changes the outcomes. Also both of the declines in the economy had warning signs that either the government or people who knew the stock market backwards and forwards knew that something bad was about to happen and there was no way to fix it because it had already gone too far in the hole for them to fix it without having a catastrophe of some sort. Although
“The nation's middle class, long a pillar of the U.S. economy and foundation of the American dream, has shrunk to the point where it no longer constitutes the majority of the adult population, according to a new major study” (Lee). This is showing that the American dream opportunity as a whole is shrinking. This is due to there becoming a shrinking amount of people who are middle. The Census Bureau says “41.5% of americans brought home between 35,000 and $100,000 in the year 2015” (Lee). It is still shrinking daily.
The 19th century was the era of the Gilded Age, where the economy was booming, bringing great changes that affected the lives of workers and entrepreneurs. During this period, there was a large influx of immigrants that were coming to America to look for job opportunities. The migration of immigrants proved useful as a source for cheap labor, allowing an even higher rise in the U.S. economy. While American industrialization may have benefited the upper class of the American society, the effects were opposite to the workers of the lower classes. This problem was especially worse for immigrant workers as their belief in the so-called American dream has been worn down due to the misery they had to endure.
Although it appears to have petered out in the early 1970s, the life of many Americans has been customized due to the counterculture of previous decade. The American society still feels the transformative effect of the counterculture which can be shown by the wealth evidence in America today. The facts fostered by the counter culture have deeply affected the organization of the family, the education system, and the definition of gender roles, to mention only the most frequently pondered cases (qtd. in Collomb 2012 : 54-69). The Second World War brought a lot of wealth to the country which makes the middle class richer, bigger and better and they now have all the access to different kinds of consumer goods.