Wall Street really doesn’t affect the average American anymore.


Wall Street really doesn’t affect the average American anymore. Today it’s down dramatically, at other times it goes up. Meanwhile, the average income of most Americans is shrinking, and the gap between the richest and the poorest continues to widen.

Instead of the Dow Industrial Average or the S&P 500, we need a “Main Street” index changed daily to give REAL people a benchmark of how they’re doing.

Source for charts: It’s the Inequality, Stupid: 11 charts that explain everything that’s wrong with America – Mother Jones



Aredee is a Milwaukee native who began paying into the Social Security system when he was 14. He graduated from UW-Madison in 1972, and has worked in broadcasting, teaching and free lance writing in such far-flung regions as Peoria, Illinois, the Omaha, Nebraska region, and Pewaukee. Now living in Madison, Aredee is retired on disability, shamelessly using his earned Social Security, Wisconsin state pension and Medicare to keep him healthy enough to at least think clearly, despite whatever physical limitations he faces. At 61, he refuses to call himself an old fart, claiming the nomenclature "well-aged flatulent" as a more accurate description. If you wish to be bored to tears, ask him about the pride and love he has for his wife and their grown daughter. His hobbies include a love for the performing arts and reading. Aredee's political views have varied over the years; but now he considers himself to be advocating socialism (that is, economic justice) for everyone, not just the rich and corporations, as currently is the case. Religiously, he is a devout agnostic.