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Here's What The Economy Looked Like Then And Now. By Chart #6, I Was Pulling Out My Hair.

Sooo ... the economy seems to be doing better. Depending on how you look at it.

Here are the Economic Policy Institute's top 10 charts of 2014.

Could the economy really be on the upswing? Take a look and decide for yourself.

1. Income inequality is flatlining the middle class.

2. People are working A LOT more (for a lot less).

3. The top 1% is doing what they do best: taking all the money.

4. Wages are stagnant for all but the highest earners.

5. CEOs of the largest companies are (still) flush with cash.

6. The minimum wage is way lower than it should be.

7. College students are spinning their wheels on the job.

College women especially.

8. Private-sector employees are getting shafted.

9. Fewer people can afford to go to college.

10. Employers are less likely to offer health insurance to their workers.

This isn't as rosy a picture as we've been getting from the news. But hope should not be lost.

According the the Economic Policy Institute:


"Policy choices led to these trends, and different policy choices can reverse them."

The first policy choice they want to see comes right out of ancient Greece:

Primum non nocere. (First, do no harm.)

By that, they mean the government — the Federal Reserve Bank, specifically — shouldn't do anything that might make the economic situation worse for low- and middle-income people, like raising interest rates and making it harder for people to pay off loans.

They'd also like to see stronger labor standards, wages lifted to where they should be, and a restoration of workers' right to collective bargaining. Because an economy driven by working and middle-class people can't — and shouldn't — carry the weight of a bloated top 1%.

But as we hear more reports of the economy improving, keep asking yourself: How much has really changed?

As face masks have become mandatory in many places to limit the spread of coronavirus, it's also become an increasingly politicized thing. As we know, anything that involves political polarization also involves vast amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Whose idea was the internet again?

No one I know loves wearing a mask. We all wish we didn't have to. But there are an awful lot of people saying they can't wear one, or they refuse to wear one because they've been led to believe that masks are somehow more dangerous than not wearing one. I've seen and read "information" on everything from masks depriving people of oxygen to masks causing CO2 build up to masks creating fungus problems.

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