The last three decades have seen a massive increase in the gap between the richest and the poorest in the U.S. The top .01% make an average of $27M/year, while the bottom 90% (as of 2008 data) have an average income of $31K/year. The top 1% of households have seen their income skyrocket since 1979 while the remainder have seen their income flatlined. The average CEO makes 185 times more than the average worker. In this thread, let?s discussed how we?ve come to this state of affairs and potential repercussions. Also, lest this just become a rant-fest, how about some ideas on how to reverse this trend as well? Part of my theory is that we?re seeing the results of a 30 year war on the middle class in the form of policy, and more insidiously, of rhetoric. From the right, any suggestion of the existence of income disparity (or of it being problematic) is met with the charge of ?class warfare.? Moreover, voters have been duped by rhetoric and propaganda to vote for ?pro-business? interests while at the same time those businesses that are supposed to be creating jobs?aren?t. Instead, companies are increasing their bottom lines either through hoarding cash reserves, or in the acquisition of other companies. Another aspect of the right?s war on the middle class is the sneering disdain for education, in the form of disdain for ?pointy-headed Ivy League liberal elites? (notwithstanding the education level of our pundits and elected officials), defunding of public schools, distortion of textbooks to fit political ideology, and, as the recent events in Wisconsin have shown, a general scorn for the teaching profession. The left is not blameless. Through entitlement programs, the risk is that what was once a crutch creates crippling victim mentality and a dependency on the ?Nanny State? Both the left and the right thus foster an attitude that collectively says ?Somebody else will always take care of you. Let us do your thinking for you. If you fail, it?s not your fault; it?s because of [insert scapegoat here].? Continued?