Perhaps this war:
Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans â€” those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 â€” receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows.
The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.
While total reported income in the United States increased almost 9 percent in 2005, the most recent year for which such data is available, average incomes for those in the bottom 90 percent dipped slightly compared with the year before, dropping $172, or 0.6 percent.
The gains went largely to the top 1 percent, whose incomes rose to an average of more than $1.1 million each, an increase of more than $139,000, or about 14 percent.
So the rich gets richer while the poor gets poorer. This is the "great economy" that Bush and Republicans love to talk about. Of course all of Congress is considered in the top 10 percent, with a large number in the top 1 percent. So why should they change anything? You ask wingnuts and they say this is perfectly acceptable.
The problems are evident in things such as increases in crime. People are becoming more desperate. The moral of the country is low and we have leaders who are too blind to see that a big cause can be found within these numbers. Were people out partying and having a great time during the Great Depression? No - they were out stealing, killing and breaking the law anyway they can.
Of course this comes out while the war in Washington is going on over the $100 billion for Iraq. In the larger picture, these two go hand in hand as Markos points out: