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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Stop coddling the rich

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders makes the case for a reasonable estate tax. Part of his pitch:

The United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country. Today, the top 1 percent of wage earners earn more income than the bottom 50 percent; and the top 1 percent has more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.

During the Bush administration, the middle class saw a $2,200 drop in median family income, down to slightly more than $50,000. Meanwhile, the 400 wealthiest families’ income more than doubled, while their effective income tax rates were slashed almost in half during the past 15 years. The wealthiest 400 Americans have accumulated $1.27 trillion in wealth, while the highest-paid 400 Americans had an average income of $345 million in 2007. As a result of Bush tax policy, they pay an effective income tax rate of 16.6 percent, the lowest on record.

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