Yes, are we getting ripped off. From 2009 to 2011, the richest 8 million families (the top 7%) on average saw their wealth rise from $1.7 million to $2.5 million each. Wealth is what you own, income is money coming in. Income is what makes wealth grow, outside of say, the growth in value of an asset.
The Dow Jones just blew past 15,000, a record. How’d that happen? Easy. Income is being massively, and in many cases illegally, redistributed from the 93 percent to the 1 percent. See your-retirement-bottle-champagne-how-wall-street-fraudsters-ripped-you-again and breakdown-of-the-26-trillion-the-federal-reserve-handed-out-to-save-rich-incompetent-investors-but-who-purchase-political-power. The extra money the 1 percent receive in their rip-off scam is invested in the stock and bond markets, and it is precisely this redistribution scheme that is fueling the Dow Jones Industrials.
That’s why the rest of us, that’s 111 million families, suffered on average a decline of $6,000 each. It’s been redistributed to the 1 percent. Free trade treaties also play a role in this scam. Every year, one to three million jobs are exported from the United States to lower wage nations, according to the Federal Reserve. The difference between the old higher wages and the new lower wages are thrust into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate earnings, rising dividends and soaring stock prices.
Do the math and you’ll discover that the top 7% gained a whopping $5.6 trillion in net worth (assets minus liabilities) while the rest of lost $669 billion. Their wealth went up by 28% while ours went down by 4 percent.
It’s as if the entire economic recovery is going into the pockets of the rich because it is. It’s no accident, it’s been carefully planned, whether it’s shipping jobs overseas, or giving bailouts to the 1 percent via the government and the Federal Reserve.