This drawing was done in 2009, two years into the Great Recession. We’re told we’re slowly recovering, but the income disparity and the disappearance of the middle class continue.
A few facts: The top one percent control 40 percent of the wealth in the United States, while 46 million Americans live in poverty. Real average earnings have not increased in 50 years. And in 2012, the top 10 percent of earners took more than half of the country’s total income. We’re living in a new Gilded Age, which calls not for thanks, but for change.