The One Chart That George Washington Would Not Want To See

Tyler Durden's picture

We discussed the inflationary costs and deflationary benefits of government action or inaction earlier - specifically with regard to the middle class. Bloomberg TV provided a succinct clip this morning that showed the one chart that Obama (and also Romney just as likely) would really not like to see. Loosely defined as lying between the ruling class and the proletariat, it would seem that George Washington himself would be distraught as the median net worth of the middle class has plunged 28% since 2000 back to early 90s levels (while the ruling class is up around 1%) and the lower tier down around 45%. Forget the lost decade, watch these 90 seconds to get a clue and see that Japan is not the only nation suffering under 20 years of subjugation.


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ejmoosa's picture

Wealth destruction is plan B.  Wealth Redistribution was plan A.


Lohn Jocke's picture

And people have the balls to say that he didn't deliver change.

kaiserhoff's picture

Something bizarre and important is going on.  I realized a couple of days ago, that I could count the number of bumper stickers I have seen for both candidates ON ONE HAND.

It may be that people made their decision on this one long ago..., or maybe like many of us, they are simply making other arrangements.

krispkritter's picture

I actually saw more Ron Paul signs this year than I've seen for these other two bozos up til now.  There's still a few large RP signs up on some farms nearby...'s picture

My Ron Paul sign is still up. Mom's was stolen a few weeks back. Got to take her my spare as well as a new Gadsden.

Joe Davola's picture

It would be hard to fit But it would have been worse had I not been elected and keep it readable.


Think for yourself's picture

Did you pay attention to the last few seconds of the video?

- Host: "[...] that is something which we parents are always concerned about, that our kids are not ..."
- Guest (interrupting): "Doomed?" 

Think for yourself's picture

Damn! I've listened to it again and you're right. It seems like my brain might've freudian slip'd on the interpretation. Still, it was also a truth in itself :)

cynicalskeptic's picture

On a planet with finite resources and a GROWING population it is IMPOSSIBLE for each succeeding generation to be 'better off' than the previous one - UNLESS you have a massive reduction in population like the Black Death where assets of many are 'redistributed' to fewer (the survivors inheriting the assets of the dead).  Technological progress  and the reduction in manufacturing costs improved the overall lifestyle of many but this was mainly due to CHEAP ENERGY - and is really restricted to the past 2 centuries.  This was an anamoly in the history of the world - one we squandered.

Truth is that even starting ouit with the same assets and advantages, there are always those who will do 'better' and those who will do 'worse'.  Get a good education, wait to have children and have fewer of them stay married and you will be better off that your less educated relatives who had large families starting young who got divorced. First hand experience and a HUGE gap.


The question is:  Does society provide a minimum 'safety net' for those who (often through no fault of their own) end up at the lower end of the income or wealth curve.  

And does society provide equal - or 'more equal' OPPORTUNITY for ALL or does it revert to a gorwing divide between 'haves and 'have-nots'?


The reality is tht there is enough total wealth on earth to make it possible for EVERY person (even at theis population level) to have potable water and adequate food.  Ther is NOT enough wealth for everyone to live a typical American 'middle class' life - with house, car, appliances et al.   

lemonobrien's picture

we know both niggas is against us; out of all the persidents, Obama proved the presidency doesn't mean nothing. "close gruantanamo", "end  the wars", "reduce the deficit".

TonyCoitus's picture

I have not seen ONE Obama placard sign.  Not ONE!


A few Romney signs, but not many.


The election is just seven weeks from today.


Maybe somebody has stolen all the ink?

ersatzteil's picture

The ink supply has been allocated to printing moneyz - cartridges are being rationed at office supply stores as we speak.

sgt_doom's picture

Yo, kaiserhoff, according to USA Today polls (and I never read that putrid rag, so I can't vouch for them), a sizable proportion of Americans are thoroughly dissatisified with both candidates.

Last week I heard 28 different people on various American news outlets, all possessing college degrees, some with advanced degrees, who all claimed that we live in a "consumer-based economy" --- guess arithmetic wasn't on their education list?

Either everyone's retarded, or a bunch still don't get it:

We don't live in a consumer-based economy when only the top 20% are responsible for that 70% consumption figure --- which only makes sense given that the top 5 banks now make up the majority of the American GDP --- the natural outcome of super-concentrated wealth.

Hence, we live in a fantasy-finance based economy.

Why this isn't obvious to all by this time ......?

last chance for America:

Vote Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party, or lotsa luck to the rest of us....

LMAOLORI's picture


Oh come on now that's not entirely true he delivered Change for the Worse

More Evidence of Failure of Obama’s Policies: Census Data Shows Median Incomes Fall, Income Disparity Rises

Matt Stoller pointed out that income disparity, which is associated strongly with negative social indicators (crime rates, poor health outcomes) as well as lower growth, rose faster under Obama than Bush.


Hype Alert's picture

They don't want wealth.  Below the elite, they want a working class. 

Manthong's picture

Yeah, at least we have added a dozen million or so new lower class and illegal voters to help the democratic process along.

Ness.'s picture

Love it WB7!!


Reminded me of an old Blue Oyster Cult song...

ZakuKommander's picture

Best Godzilla scene . . . evah (and perhaps a parable on Hope and Change).

malikai's picture

"The middle class"

How quaint.

Jason T's picture

He loves this?? WTF  0:26

Hype Alert's picture

He's a big Krugman fan and Krugman wants to destroy wealth.

Peter Pan's picture

If government keeps growing the nation will shrink.'s picture

He was glad to see that others were presenting data which supported his position.

Jlmadyson's picture

Pew: Median Income Worse Now than During the Great Recession.

Not only that but the drop during the last few years is as great as the drop in the recession.

Thought the recession ended 3 years ago? If it is not helping households then what is this so called recovery helping.

The Krugsters and Dudleys of the World need to explain the magical QE math on this one.

random thoughts's picture

Just wondering what you mean by "ruling class".  The top 1% of income earners every year includes a very large number of people for whom entry into the club is a one-year visit.  People like small business owners who sell their businesses, or the secretaries at Microsoft who sell their lifetime's worth of options.  I assume that by "ruling class" you are referring to the John Corzines, lobbyists and others who game the system.  Don't mistake the top 1% of income earners for the "ruling class".  They are different beasts altogether.

q99x2's picture

The George Wash would recognise this as more fuel to sustain the revolution.

Rainman's picture

This is bullish for double wides and trailer parks.

Sancho Ponzi's picture

That would make the 'Oligarch of Omaha' happy.

LMAOLORI's picture


No doubt and that evil little bazztard soro's as well

Buffett’s Betrayal

Hohum's picture

The 18th century George Washington would say, "what's a middle class?"

Belarusian Bull's picture

In those times, middle class were probably heavily wounded, since they are not dead yet, but not really alive as well.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Let's have a national yard sale. I promise to barter for your used shit if you'll barter for mine.

BTW how much for that doggie in the window? Does it come fixed?

<If wealth re-distribution is the plan, let's re-distribute to ourselves.>

TheSilverJournal's picture

Imagine if inflation was actually calculated correctly...

Mercury's picture

Bloomberg TV provided a succinct clip this morning that showed the one chart that Obama (and also Romney just as likely) would really not like to see. Loosely defined as lying between the ruling class and the proletariat, it would seem that George Washington himself would be distraught as the median net worth of the middle class has plunged 28% since 2000...

No, if you want to grow government you want the net worth of the voting majority to plummet so that they are most dependant on government.

Temporalist's picture

Well that would also include driving poor, uneducated and feebleminded people into the armed forces because they have little to no alternative.  Poor people make the most abundant cannon fodder.

Mercury's picture

Driving them to the voting booth is good enough. 

You serve your country these days by voting for more government.  They'll take care of the rest.

Besides, today's US military has standards which a very large percentage of Americans can't measure up to. The days of maintaining pack animals, pulling on ropes and twenty thousand men charging across a field at once are over.

JohnG's picture

My grandson (in law....I don't claim the moron) tried to enlist.  The army refused because he had no HS diploma.

He works in a car wash.

kaiserhoff's picture

No problemo John.  Just tell him to claim degrees from Occidental, Columbia, and Hahvud.  They don't give out no information bout nobody;)

10mm's picture

If George was here to see all this "SHIT" set of systems,he would asked to be beamed back ASAP.

Temporalist's picture

I know how to solve this.  People have to eat every day.  Cut that in half.  Boom!  Instant recovery and everyone has mo' money.

Make it rain Ben!  Make it rain!

Undecided's picture

I would be very wealthy if i had those two anchors on my lap :)

kralizec's picture

This is chart is obviously racist.  Everybody knows Obama is all about supporting the middle class and sticking it to all those rich, white cracker SOB's!  So stop posting racist charts Tyler and start saying nasty things about Romney!  Stick to the script!

/Sarc off

AldoHux_IV's picture

It's cute to hear media talk about the middle class-- almost waiting for them to say peasants by accident.

socalbeach's picture

<== Obama is hurting the middle class and America, and nobody could be worse.

<== Romney would be worse than Obama for the middle class and America.

                    0     <== Both Obama and Romney are loyal Americans who have the interests of the middle class at heart.