Last month's Census Bureau reports of rising income for families and declining poverty was proof to some that the United States had finally pulled through the Great Recession. New York Times staffer Eduardo Porter points out that while poor households did get a bigger raise (proportionally ) than the rich, the United States has not completely solved the inequality issue.
Porter reports that while the bottom 60% of households took home a smaller percentage of the nation's total income than they did 40 years ago, the top 5% has seen their share increase. The economy is just one example of inequality between classes:
But income isn’t the only way to measure prosperity; by many other metrics, Americans’ well-being remains pretty low. Whether it is life expectancy or infant mortality, incarceration or educational attainment, countless statistics offer a fairly dark picture of the American experience. It is a picture of prosperity that consistently leaves large numbers of Americans behind.