the 1%


First off- I really don’t like the term “the 1%”. I think it is unrepresentative of the issues, and is far too broad and allows too many games to be played with the numbers.

The truth is- to qualify for “the 1%” the cutoff rate is somewhere around $350,00 a year. A lot of money maybe. But in reality, we now live in a world where millionaires are not rich, we live in the age of billionaires. In my industry I have worked for people who made 20, 30, even 50 million that year in bonuses– not including their standard pay and benefits. We live in a world where the top ten super yachts range from ~25-70 million dollars, private jets can easily cost between 10 million and 300 million, and vacation estates can cost 10-50 million.

The truth is the wealth and income, as well as the power, the ability to influence markets, governments, and all of our lives, is concentrated in the top 0.1%.. These are people who (through 2008) had average incomes a little over 6 million. The top 400 among these, with an average income of 270 million a year, paid the lowest tax rate among the 1% (just over 18%- lower then someone making 90,000 a year, as opposed to 24% for the rest of the 1%. These top 400 made 1.3 cents out of every dollar of our nations income.

While many of the numbers on the 1% are indeed alarming, they tell a diluted and misleading story. And conversely they allow a dishonest story to be told when it comes to discussions of taxes and overall wealth.

Unfortunately “the 1%” has become a catchphrase and a bumper sticker slogan, and much like “global warming” as opposed to anthropomorphic climate change allows for a neasy twisting of facts and dilution of otherwise valid arguements.

We all need to be more aware of the facts, and just what it is we are oppsing…

some sources:

http://blogs.reuters.com/david-cay-johnston/2011/10/25/beyond-the-1-percent/

http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html

http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/investment_manager.html

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/top-1-percent-earn.aspx

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/top-5-facts-america-richest-1-183022655.html

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About drugsandotherthings

I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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3 Responses to the 1%

  1. talesfromthelou says:

    I totally agree with you. You are right, to talk about the 1% that way is intellectually lazy. I even got caught in it and I am aware that we are talking about an infinitesimal number.

  2. talesfromthelou says:

    And I’m stealing your post, as I couldn’t have said it better. grin….

  3. Pingback: The 1% « Talesfromthelou's Blog

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