Bessette/Pitney’s AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: DELIBERATION, DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP reviews the idea of "deliberative democracy." Building on the book, this blog offers insights, analysis, and facts about recent events.
Cumulative average income growth from 1979 to 2016 has been much faster for households in the top 1% of the distribution (which in 2016 meant an income of at least $669,700 for a family of three). This is true for incomes before and after taxes and transfers are taken into account:
Incomes in the middle class (by our definition, the middle 60% of households) have lagged since 1979, growing just half as fast as those in the bottom 20% and the top 81-99%, once taxes and transfers (including health care) are taken into account.