We have just finished 4,000 miles through fifteen Western and Mid-Western states. We covered some Interstate miles, some blue highways, a few big cities and a lot of small towns. In the next few days, I will share five significant observations we made along that ride.
We even made a Occupy Wall Street camp in El Paso. More about that later. For now, here are some statistics from government sources that explain why those people (include me) are so angry.
*The number of people making more than $1,000,000 (one million dollars) increased 18% over 2009.
*The median household income in the U.S. in 1999 was $53,252, but in 2010 it was $49,445.
*In 1999, the average yearly worker premium for healthcare was $2,068, but in 2011 it was $4,128.
*In 1990-91, the average annual cost of college at a public four year college was $8,483, but in 2010-2011 it was $16,140.
*The numbers for private colleges for the same years are $22,530 and $36,993.