"I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor
who are to be sympathized with is very small. "For decades, the wealthy have been held up as
people to be admired, victors in the Darwinian economic struggle by virtue
of their personal ingenuity and hard work.
To sympathize with a man
whom God has punished for his sins is to do wrong.
Let us remember
there is not a poor person in the US who was not made poor by his own
shortcomings." - Russell
Conwell, minister and graduate Yale law school, "Acres of Diamonds"
supported fiscal policies that undermined middle and working-class interests
partially because they saw themselves as rich-people-in-waiting:
time, toil and the magic of compound interest,
anyone could retire a millionaire.
That mind-set has all but been eradicated by the damage sustained by
the average worker's nest egg, combined with the spectacle of
bankers and financial engineers
maintaining their lifestyles with multimillion-dollar bonuses while the
submerged 99% struggle for oxygen.
By my count, roughly one-quarter of
the names on the Forbes list of the
400 richest Americans got there by inheritance (and by no means have all of
them enhanced the family fortune with their own toil or brainpower).
few years ago, it was common to think of the rich as a special breed.
We may soon come around to
George Orwell's view that
the only difference between rich and poor is income." - Michael Hiltzik,
March 19, 2009
"Wait a minute - you're going to help firefighters
and police to attain the American Dream while some of us can only
Let's see, we help school
teachers, we help welfare mothers (Section 8) and now we want to help
firefighters and police who already make a good salary.
There's a group
of us who are just under the "middle class" who get no
help at all.
Am I jealous? You're damn right
I am." - Charles
"A survey for the New
York Times in 2005 found that 80% of those polled believed that it was
possible to start out poor, work hard and become rich, compared with less than
60% back in 1983.
By international standards,
America has an unusually low level of intergenerational mobility:
parents' income is highly predictive of our incomes as adults.
Intergenerational mobility in America is lower than in France, Germany,
Sweden, Canada, Finland, Norway and Denmark.
Among high-income countries
for which comparable estimates are available, only the United Kingdom had a
lower rate of mobility than America.
The intergenerational findings
paint a portrait of a society in which family background matters a great deal.
For the middle
class, an increase in income volatility has led to
an increase in the
frequency of large negative income shocks, which may be expected to
translate to an increase in financial distress.
Despite solid growth in
GDP, household short-term income mobility at the median in 2003-04 was no more
favorable than in the recession years of 1990-91.
A large academic study
released in 2014 found income mobility has not changed appreciably in the last
The recent economic expansion has generated tepid growth
in median household income, and a considerable increase in the risk of major
income losses from year to year.
levels of both secured and unsecured debt mean income losses may have lasting
effects on finances.
Both large upward and large downward movements
have become more frequent, and it is coherent to argue that this combination
produces greater insecurity compared with a more stable economic environment.
This may be evidence of a fundamental shift in the relation between
economic growth and economic security, as may be the finding that even those
who work overtime on a consistent basis no longer appear to be able to generate
much upward mobility for their families." - Tom Hertz, American University
2001 Married couples are
twice as likely to file
for bankruptcy and more likely to
lose their homes to foreclosure than childless couples or single
To most families in
America today a second income is not a luxury but a necessity.
it takes two incomes to survive,
financial shocks such as the involuntary loss of a job or a health crisis, are
much more likely to devastate the family.
America over 30% of marriages end within the first 10 years.
first marriages end in divorce after an average of 8 years.
together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced
by as much as 40%.
43% of children growing up in America today are
being raised without their fathers.
Working Americans are being forced
to chose between economic security or getting married and having
"This debunks the myth of America as
the land of opportunity, but
it doesn't tell us what to do to fix it." - Bhashkar Mazumder, senior economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
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