So, listening to the cons on this board, you would think that the whining employees of this country, the lazy middle class, are completely at fault for their economic reality. This article looks at the issue from a non partial point of view. Top 1% Got 93% of Income Growth as Rich-Poor Gap Widened - Bloomberg So, maybe a good look at what is being said in this study can generate some discussion. Over the years, my reading of the subject of income distribution heavily weighted to the top is a really really good indication of the end of the reign of leading economies. But always, always, the wealthy fight any changes, clear to the bitter end. The other question that comes to mind is obvious. Is this the country that you expected to see, and is it the economy that you want to live with.