http://www.sina.com.cn 2008年10月30日 10:35
Americans may have been distracted by two reports reminding them of a widening gap between the rich and poor.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, two liberal research groups, put out a state-by-state breakdown of Census Bureau data, which found nine states (led by New York) in which the richest 20 percent of households now earn at least 11 times the income of the poorest 20 percent. This indicated a much sharper disparity between the top and bottom than existed two decades ago.
Then the Federal Reserve Bank released its latest survey of consumer finances. It showed that the average net worth of families earning less than $10,000 a year had fallen by ＄ 6,600 over the past three years, while households earning more than $100,000 a year had seen their wealth jump by more than $300,000.
Few of us should be surprised--or threatened--by statistics on inequality. Some Americans believe the more equality the better, but the fact is that the distribution of income and wealth isn't arbitrary. It emerges from broad trends in the economy and is a byproduct of a decade that created 17 million jobs and added 20 percent to median household net worth.