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Thu Jan 15, 2015, 05:33 PM

40 Years of Economic Policy in One Chart

January 15, 2015
Down the Plughole
40 Years of Economic Policy in One Chart
by MIKE WHITNEY

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/15/40-years-of-economic-policy-in-one-chart/

Growth of Real Hourly Compensation for Production/Nonsupervisory
Workers and Productivity, 1948–2011




Is America in the throes of a class war?

Look at the chart and decide for yourself. It’s all there in black and white, and you don’t need to be an economist to figure it out.

But, please, take some time to study the chart, because there’s more here than meets the eye. This isn’t just about productivity and compensation. It’s a history lesson too. It pinpoints the precise moment in time when the country lost its way and began its agonizing descent into Police State USA. That’s what it really means.

It all began in the 1970s, that’s when everything started going down the plughole. Once wages detached from productivity, the rich progressively got richer. They used their wealth to reduce taxes on capital, role back critical regulations, break up the unions, install their own lapdog politicians, push through trade agreements that pitted US workers against low-paid labor in the developing world, and induce their shady Central Bank buddies to keep interest rates locked below the rate of inflation so they could cream hefty profits off gigantic asset bubbles. Now, 40 years later, they own the whole f*cking shooting match, lock, stock and barrel. And it’s all because management decided to take the lion’s share of productivity gains which threw the whole system off-kilter undermining the basic pillars of democratic government. Here’s how FDR summed it up:

“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies.,” April 29, 1938. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.


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Thu Jan 15, 2015, 06:05 PM

1. K&R!

thanks for posting. The wheels started to come off the wagon a bit before I realized, but only by a few years. Unfortunately for most of my time in the workforce things have been on this rather distressing path.

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Thu Jan 15, 2015, 11:14 PM

2. SSDD

 

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Fri Jan 16, 2015, 09:53 PM

3. Recommend!

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