If any more evidence were needed to show that the wealthiest Americans really don’t need a tax cut, here it is: Between 2007 and 2016, the average wealth of those in the top one percent grew by a whopping $4.9 million.
What about everyone else? In that same period, the average wealth of the bottom 99 percent declined by $4,500.
This is according to an analysis put out Wednesday by Matt Bruenig of the People’s Policy Project, based on data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances
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Recent nonpartisan analyses have consistently found that the Republican tax plan, expected to hit the Senate floor for a vote as early as Thursday, would deliver even more wealth to the richest Americans. And contrary to GOP rhetoric, the plan would also hike taxes on millions of low-income and middle class families.
As tax analyst Hunter Blair of the Economic Policy Institute noted on Wednesday, the top one percent of households would on average see a $32,500 tax cut per year under the GOP plan. The bottom 20 percent of earners, by contrast, would pay $10 more annually.
Further undermining Republicans’ “trickle down” selling points, numerous business leaders have already conceded that they are not planning to invest any of the extra cash they are set to receive into raising wages for workers, but will instead shower the windfall to their investors and stockholders.
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