The Reuters is reporting that is sure is suspicious that analysis of the class warriors’ efforts indicate that the federal government has emerged as one of the most potent factors driving income inequality in the United States – especially in the nation’s capital:
In the town that launched the War on Poverty 48 years ago, the poor are getting poorer despite the government’s help. And the rich are getting richer because of it.
The top 5 percent of households in Washington, D.C., made more than $500,000 on average last year, while the bottom 20 percent earned less than $9,500 – a ratio of 54 to 1.
That gap is up from 39 to 1 two decades ago. It’s wider than in any of the 50 states and all but two major cities. This at a time when income inequality in the United States as a whole has risen to levels last seen in the years before the Great Depression.
Americans have just emerged from a close presidential election in which the government’s role as a leveling force was fiercely debated. The right argued the state does too much; the left, too little. The issue is now at the center of tense negotiations over whose taxes to raise and what social programs to cut before a Jan. 1 deadline. And the government’s role will be paramount again next year if Congress takes up tax reform.
The federal government does redistribute wealth down to struggling Americans. But in the years since President Lyndon Johnson took aim at poverty in his first State of the Union address, there has been an increasingly strong crosscurrent: The government is redistributing wealth up, too – especially in the nation’s capital.
The beneficiaries are not the billionaire financiers and celebrities who have come to personify income inequality in the 21st century. Yet the Washington elite are just as much part of the trend, having influenced laws and decisions that alter the entire country’s distribution of income.
GET OUT OF HERE!
Look, call me cynical, but wherever this class warfare shit has played itself out the results have been the same. These crooks pretend they want to help, but the agenda, and it is one that is millennia old, is for the “liberators” to become the new aristocracy. In the process they steal the wealth from the people that previously had it and kill them off. In the olden days one group killed the other through some revolution or war, then took power to fix things, but nothing got fixed. Practically every single time the new masters where orders of magnitudes worse than the previous masters.
This overthrowing of the old order by the new one reached its pinnacle with the recent collectivist revolutions – from communism to fascism– where the new masters brutally murdered the old order to take power, then proceeded to murder over 100 million of their own, hold billions hostage, and killed countless millions more in the wars of ideological expansion. For some ungodly reason the left convinced everyone that fascism was right wing, and thus made it the epitome of evil, while even today we have people making apologies for communism, which by far was the more evil and murderous of the two collectivist brands.
Today we no longer have the brutal collectivist revolutions of the old days. But the soft socialism of the declining western world is not any better than what came before it. The new masters now buy their allegiance by pretending to be doing it for the little people, and yet, they have become another aristocracy. Just like those that came before them, they feel entitled to their new station and wealth, and they have no compunction in making sure you know your place.
So this brings us to the last 4 or so years and the massive government spending that was supposed to lift all boats, stop the rising of the oceans, and finally give us some serious social justice to correct the evil of the Boosh years. How did that play out?
Two decades of record federal spending and expanding regulation have fostered a growing upper class of federal contractors, lobbyists and lawyers in the District of Columbia area. The federal government funneled $83.5 billion their way in defense and other work in 2010 – an increase of more than 300 percent since 1989, even after adjusting for inflation. Private industry poured more than $3 billion into lobbying to influence the government, nearly double what it spent a decade ago.
Like spokes on a wheel, the high-rise offices of this elite radiate out from Capitol Hill along major arteries deep into suburban Maryland and Virginia. The latest Census figures placed 10 of the capital’s surrounding counties in the top 20 nationwide for median household income – up from six in 1990.
There probably isn’t much society can do to stop some causes of the spreading class divide, such as technological change. But there’s one factor that is changeable – public policy. This series of articles explores how government is exacerbating or alleviating the causes and consequences of inequality, by examining three places where the rich-poor gap has widened.
Yeah, we have had 2 decades of record spending, but the last 4 top the list for sure, and then by such wide margins of difference with anything that came before, that it should have been mentioned. I wonder why Reuters didn’t? Not really. That’s sarcasm there on my part. The point here is that all this extra wealth the collectivists supposedly where going to funnel to help the little guy ended up with their buddies. It is not an accident that while welfare spending has gone up by insane numbers under these new masters, supposedly to help the disenfranchised cope with the shitty economy the tax and spenders always stick us with, the counties with the largest amount of wealth in the US, and growing, are donkey strongholds.
So while the takers are making out good, the rich are getting insanely richer, and the middle class is getting hammered. This is not an accident. Collectivist societies are always 2 tier ones. The miserable serfs, and their masters. We are just being worked into that system slowly. It’s not coincidental that our political class and thier buddies are ending up as the masters, while the rest of us end up as serfs, either. That’s the way this system works.