Happy 236th Birthday America!   [I started this on the Fourth.]

I make this wish with a heavy heart, because I believe we have lost a lot of what made this nation strong.  I sincerely hope it is not too late to recover it.  

Above all, we are not "ünited."  Never in my lifetime have I seen this nation so subdivided by so many criteria, nor so hostile and scornful toward one another, nor so indifferent to each other, nor, indeed, so ignorant of each other.  Nor, frankly, have I ever seen so many people voicing delusions nor behaving so dysfunctionally..  Every day, I want to scream at someone "GROW THE HELL UP! FACE REALITY! Above all, GET OVER YOURSELF!"

We have grown so impressed by wealth, and so dependent on money for what we think is happiness, that most of us have lost touch with the concept of "enough."     In recent years, I have heard people go on and on about how the poor in this nation have cars, air conditioning, TVs, internet, yada, yada, yada -- how they aren't really poor compared to people in other nations.  Fine.  OUR poor aren't living in those other countries.  It is the disparity between what others have and what you 
  
The median household income for  the US in 2010 Census data was $49,445.***  This is the figure which divides the top half of income earners from the bottom half.  Since income is a skewed distribution, this is the appropriate measure of central tendency for income, not the "average,"  or arithmetic mean income, which is exaggerated upward by those households with  very high income.  that average income figure is $67,530.  Let us look at the entire range of household  incomes, however.

Income ***                   % of households earning     Cumulative Percent  Width of Interval
$           0-$11,000                       10                                        10                          $ 11,000          Note 5% earn $ 5565 or less
$ 11,001 - 20,000                       10                                        20                          $   8,999         Note 5% earn $11001 tp 14900
$ 20,001-25,000                         5                                        25                            $   4,999         
$ 25,001-29,000                           5                                         30                         $   4,999
$ 29,001 - 33,690                       5                                        35                            $   4,689
$ 33,691-38,663                         5                                        40                            $   4972
$ 38,664-43,853                         5                                        45                            $   5189
$ 43,854-49,445                        5                                         50                            $   5591
$ 49,446 - 55,198                      5                                          55                           $   5752
$  55,199-61584                        5                                         60                             $  6385
$61,585-68,678                         5                                         65                             $  7093    NOTE:  the average, mean income is here
$68,679-76763                         5                                         70                              $  8084
$76,764-86,294                        5                                         75                              $  9530
$86,295-98,062                        5                                         80                               $11767
$98,063-113634                       5                                         85                              $15571
$113635-136765                      5                                        90                               $23130  NOTE:  Above this is the top 10%
$136766-180472                      5                                        95                               $43706 NOTE The next intervals will be 1% 
$180475-195714                      1                                         96                              $15239
$195715-216095                      1                                         97                              $20380  
$216096-245810                      1                                         98                              $ 29714
$245811-56019008                  1                                        99                              $55,773,197  NOTE:  1,780,230 households earn 
                                                                                                                                                                           MORE than $ 56,019,008
$56019008 -149999974            1                                     100                             NOTE No households earned more than 
                                                                                                                                                $149,999,974

Here's a nice picture of this:    US INCOME CISTRIBUTION 2010      

These should be examined in comparison to Poverty Thresholds and Guideline      s.

In income terms, the MIDDLE CLASS, on the basis of this household data is $25,000 - $86,294, 

Individual Incomes 2010         Median $ 25,197    Mean  $38,337

Here is a historical comparisonz;  US INCOME DISTRIBUTION 1947 - 2007.       This important thing to examine the ratio between the lowest quintiles and the highest.   Please note that the 20th percent is the UPPER limit of that quintile, while the 95th is the LOWER limit.
                20%   40%  60%   80%
1947      5.09    3.16  2.33   1.64
1967      4.85    2.95  2.20   1.61
1977      5.17    3.09  2.18    1.58
1987      5.95    3.45   2.36    1.63
1997      6.66    3.81   2.56    1.73
2007      7.08    3.98   2.63    1.75
2010      6.84    3.59   2.22    1.39

CLASS WARFARE?

Alot has been said about class warfare, especially by those with money in regard to those without.  Here's a nice chart below [Share of Total Income]  of the redistribution of wealth that has been going on in this nation since 1967.  You tell me who has won the class warfare, ok? Then tell me if you want things to continue this way for you and yours for the next 30 years.  Oh yes, and before you put your mind to all of that please consider the political reality.

Political Control of the US Government 1967 - Present [45 years]
YEAR(S)              Executive Branch       US House of Representatives    US SENATE                                 
1967-1969        LBJ - Dem                   1967 - 1971 McCormack Dem     1967-1981 
1969-1974        Nixon-GOP                   1971-1977 Albert-Dem                  Mike Mansfield
1974-1977       Ford - GOP                     1977-1987 O'Neill-Dem               Democrat
1977-1981       Carter -DEM                   
1981-1989       Reagan-GOP                 1987-1989 Wright-Dem              1981-1985  Baker GOP
                                                                                                                              1985-1987  Dole-GOP
                                                                                                                              1987-1995 Mitchell-Dem
1989-1993      GHW Bush-GOP           1989-1991 Foley-Dem                
                                                                                                                                                                                                 1991-1999 Gingrich-GOP
1993-2001       Clinton-Dem                   1999-2007 Hastert-GOP             1995-2001 Lott-GOP
2001-2009       GW Bush-GOP               2007-2011 Pelosi-Dem              2001 Jan3-20 Daschle-Dem
                                                                                                                               2001 Jan20-June 6- Lott-GOP
                                                                                                                               2001 June 6 - 2003 Daschle Dem
                                                                                                                              2003-2007  Frist
                                                                                                                              2007-2012 Reid-Dem 
2009-2012        Obama-Dem                 2011-2012  Boehner-GOP  
                            GOP:  27 yrs                  GOP:  19 yrs                                  GOP: 19 years
                            Dem: 18 yrs                   Dem:  26 yrs                                 Dem:: 26 years

Share of Total income      

Source of Data***    NOTE 1:  The bod\rders may be sightly off on this calculator.  I say this because the point at which the calculator says 50% is closer to $49, 350 than $49,445.  
NOTE 2:  The logical problem with their statements about what each household can AFFORD for the government to spend is that it is predicated upon the assumption THAT BUSINESSES PAY $0 in TAXES!  Now that corporations are "persons" they are obliged to pay personal income taxes, I would think.  Bottom line:  When businesses accept that taxes are a FEE FOR THE PROTECTION OUR GOVERNMENT AFFORDS THEM IN TERMS OF MILITARY PROTECTION, INERNATIONAL LEGAL PROTECTION, TARIFFS, ETC and they have a RESPONSIBILITY TO THE REST OF AMERICA TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE,  ALL this hysteria and bad economic situation will stop.  

ADDITIONAL DATA
Distribution of Household Income 2010      
HISTORIC DATA incl by race    
 





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