Unsettling (well, maybe scary) new wage data

In another excellent article on tax.com, David Cay Johnston reports on new wage data released by the Social Security Administration.

Every 34th wage earner in America in 2008 went all of 2009 without earning a single dollar, new data from the Social Security Administration show. Total wages, median wages, and average wages all declined, but at the very top, salaries grew more than fivefold…

…Since 1980, however, the bottom 90 percent of Americans have seen their incomes go nowhere, while on the highest steps of the income ladder, the further up you are, the greater your gains.

Add in today’s decreased number of jobs, and all these data add up to policies that can be described with one word: failed.

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