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It's based on data from the Congressional Budget Office and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Its significance is not partisan (who's "to blame" for the deficit) but intellectual. It demonstrates the utter incoherence of being very concerned about a structural federal deficit but ruling out of consideration the policy that was largest single contributor to that deficit, namely the Bush-era tax cuts. For how President Obama could use his inherent powers, in a "This is bullshit" way, see Robert Kuttner.
Inequality in the U.S. is the Worst in the Industrialized World. Changes in top income shares and top marginal tax rates since 1960 (combining both central and local governmental income taxes). [follow this link to find a short clip and analysis of why economic inequality breeds poor health outcomes for the poor: www.thesociologic...] Source: Journal of Economic Perspectives