Here [in the USA] the critical issue is economic inequity. According to the C.I.A.’s own ranking of countries by income inequality, the United States is more unequal a society than either Tunisia or Egypt.During the Bush administration, the wealthiest were just getting wealthier and the middle class was doing okay and it seems to me were thinking that they would follow the wealthy and that the economy could not go down. I would hear people talking about a housing bubble - was it? could it all crash?
How could it not? Anyway now people are gathering and demanding changes. I agree but we must remember that whether or not we at this moment are doing well or not - inequality is inequality!!! Setting up the government to help only some is not right whether we think we can be on the beneficial side or not.
Republican: 'smaller government and more individual control' so while the rest of us are struggling to maintain our basic needs the elite can control the "small" government and structure it to benefit the wealthy that are the only ones with enough money and time to participate.
Three factoids underscore that inequality:
The 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans.
The top 1 percent of Americans possess more wealth than the entire bottom 90 percent.
In the Bush expansion from 2002 to 2007, 65 percent of economic gains went to the richest 1 percent.
America’s ‘Primal Scream’ - NYTimes.com