Last night, Melissa shared some new renderings of U.S. household income based on a review of census data going back to 1967. The pictures, many more of which can be found in Doug Short's report here, show that lower income Americans are essentially treading water.
Melissa argues that the plight of these Americans are what should be top priority of Congress and the Obama administration:
President Obama has limited unilateral power. He must govern with a hostile Republican majority in the House and a filibuster crazy Republican minority in the Senate. The only basis by which we should judge the effectiveness of this Congress is the extent to which they work to reverse this gap. Now, of course, it's impossible to fix it quickly. But the work that matters is the work that directly responds to the growing gap in declining incomes. Anything else, the deficit, abortion, so-called "protecting marriage," is a distraction from what is actually happening in this country. So while the rich are getting richer, everyone else is left to fend for themselves, and our lawmakers continue to argue over less pressing issues, Rome burns. Those flat lines that you see there at the bottom, that`s the base of the Democratic Party.