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William James
William James

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treesvalley
treesvalley

Can anyone give us the pulled out data for the top 1% for the 1947-1979 period as was done for 1980-2007? It would help in making the appropriate apples to apples comparison. Also the note for the top 20% for 1980-2007 indicates the importance of this data for a proper comparison. Thanks in advance.

David J Corliss PhD
David J Corliss PhD

Misleading graph. The top 1% only appears on the second period, showing a willful intent to deceive.

Another example of a potentially good argument for justice completely ruined by playing fast and lose with the facts. If they merely dropped the top 1% from the right, presenting the same data on both sides, they would have a compelling argument. By presenting different information, the authors revealed bias which undercuts the entire argument.

They didn't need to do this. It would have actually been less effort to present an honest comparison with the same data on both sides. Their willful distortion of the facts destroys any ability to drive more just solutions.

This is NOT what Data For Good looks like!

Khay314159
Khay314159

All the info is there, equal on both sides, IF you actually read what is written on the chart.
Ignore the 1% on the right for a moment, both sides have equal info.
Now read what it says on the right top 20%.
The left side just doesn't show the 1% singled out, as to what it does to the top 20% percentage of growth.

Khay314159
Khay314159

Jay Elias
The graph is accurate,.. and with a little additional info of the break down of the top 20% of the present day incomes. It shows that that the top 20 would be only 31% if not for the 1%'s boost in that segment.
What that means, is that without the 1% boost, all the segments would be roughly the same as before.
The only thing missing is what was the top 20% in the earlier time period, without its 1%...?

So obviously, the huge jump in today's top 20%, from 31 to 95, is the result of the top 1%.

"The image you're seeing is real, is is your mind's interpretation that is skewed" (with some Twilight Zone voice over). Lol


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