American Middle Class? No Longer The Richest !

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropo...

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropolitan areas of the United States. Mortality is correlated with both income and inequality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sara Geenen

Sara Geenen for 19th Assembly

Income inequality isn’t just about the richest and the poorest–it’s about all families and their diminishing opportunities and diminishing ability to keep moving forward. We cannot allow this to happen. From Mother Jones :


[The data] suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality. Although economic growth in the United States continues to be as strong as in many other countries, or stronger, a small percentage of American households is fully benefiting from it.

….The struggles of the poor in the United States are even starker than those of the middle class. A family at the 20th percentile of the income distribution in this country makes significantly less money than a similar family in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands. Thirty-five years ago, the reverse was true.”

It’s not about wealth or even comparative wealth. It’s about fairness and opportunity. It’s about those pulling the strings, restricting voting rights, refusing to raise minimum wage, making healthcare more difficult and less affordable by fighting the ACA and refusing Medicaid money. The privatization of our public schools at the expense of children does not help. We cannot allow it. Not in our Milwaukee. Not in our Wisconsin.

 

Written by Sara J. Geenen, Candidate for 19th Assembly District.

The American Middle Class Is No Longer The Richest.

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