Invitation to Think


Monday, August 16, 2004

Bush's Own Goal
By Paul Krugman, The New York Times, August 13, 2004

Congressional Budget Office estimates that more than half of corporate profits ultimately accrue to the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers, while only about 8 percent go to the bottom 60 percent.

Ok, let's assume that the total population of the US is 100. And that the total corporate profits were $100.

Does the following scenario sound reasonable?

1 person gets $ 52
4 people get $ 5 each
15 people get $ 0.8 each (80 cents)
20 people get $ 0.4 each (40 cents)
60 people get $ 0.13 each (13 cents)
100 people = $100

Looking at it another way, each person should get $1 on an average, but 80% of the people actually get only between 13 to 40 cents!

What a country!



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