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How Can Ray Mills Antley Double Your Salary?

If you’re a Republican voter, looking for a politician who is more reasonable than the extremists getting the most attention on TV, you could do worse than casting a vote for Ray Mills Antley in the GOP primary in your state. […]

CafePress Cuts Marketplace Pay For Designers In Half

CafePress has done it again. CafePress announced last week that designers who choose to retain a place on the CafePress marketplace will now only receive 5 percent of the profit from the sale of its gear. That’s a 50 percent pay cut. […]

Republican Districts, Democratic Districts: How are they Different? (How are they Not?)

One of the best features of the newfangled Internet connectivity in our society is the ability of everyday citizens like you and me to take the data powerful governments, corporations and political parties have quietly accessed for decades and use it ourselves to answer driving questions we might have. Over the last few weeks I’ve […]

Sex Gap in Pay Narrows to Smallest Extent in U.S. History

In the face of a mantra of “only get worse“, “only get worse,” “only get worse,” “only get worse,” I offer this instance of bad matters getting better. The U.S. Census Bureau has just released information on the gap in median pay between men and women working full-time year-round in the United States:

Median […]

Support The Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act

Lloyd Doggett has introduced H.R. 1554, the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, legislation that would close down tax loopholes that allow wealthy individuals and corporations to send their money to accounts in foreign countries in order to avoid paying their fair share here in the USA. […]

Report: Inside the DC Beltway, Inequality is Even More Striking than Outside

Washington, DC has the 2nd highest average income among its richest 20% of all of America’s 50 largest cities. But the income of DC’s poorest 20% is far below the 50-largest-city average. The capital city of the United States of America is place of sky-high income inequality.

So finds the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in […]

What does the GOP say to the Widest Income Gap on Record?

New 2009 Census Data: Income Down for the Poor, Down for the Middle Class, Up for the Rich in the USA

(All dollar figures below in 2009 dollars, adjusted for inflation)

New figures on Americans’ household income in 2009 released by the U.S. Census Bureau today divide the U.S. population into quintiles, fifths of the population ordered by their income. Data show that the four lowest quintiles in the U.S. population — those earning $100,000 or […]

Income Inequality Review: How Much Does the Richest 0.1% Control?

Two days ago, I prepared for today’s release of new 2009 Census income inequality data by looking at the record historically, namely the average household income of each income quintile from 1967 to 2008:

The top quintile is the fifth of the population that earned the highest income in 2008; the lowest quintile is […]

Income and Inequality in the United States: A Review through 2008

A first glimpse at income trends in the United States doesn’t reveal anything a person would complain about:

From 1967 to 2007, median household income in this country rose 25%, and that’s in real, inflation-adjusted dollars. It seems like a great trend, and from this graph alone one might be tempted to clap, cheer […]

With an Income of $0 in 2009, How did Unity08 Pay for These Digs?

Unity08, the corporation set up with the intention of getting its own presidential ticket elected with unlimited big-money donations, insists that it is not dead. It’s arguing in federal court that, with a planned name change to Unity12 (sorry, the name’s taken) and big contributions from the richest Americans, it can successfully get its pick […]