Editor's note: This Shark believes that the crooks in the Probate Court of Cook County are joining the 1% on the backs of the dead, dying, disabled and aged. Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster, ProbateSharks.
Rich getting richer: Gap between 1% and 99% deepens
That’s the upshot of new research, which shows that the richest 1% of Americans derive huge profits from capital gains, stock dividends and other types of business- or investment-related gains.
In other words, rich people are making a lot of money on their money.
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The divergence is likely to exacerbate income inequality in coming years, according to the analysis by the Economic Policy Institute.
The analysis found that the share of “income from wealth” going to the top 1% surged to 54% in 2010 from 33.5% in 1979. It was based on data from the Congressional Budget Office.
In 1979, the bottom 90% had 36.2%, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The 9% in between (the top 2% to 10%) claimed 30.3%.
By 2010, the share derived by the bottom 90% had fallen to 22.9%, while the middle group slid to 23.0%.
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