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VIDEO: What the 99 Percent Are Fighting For: Three Reasons There Are Two Americas

Our guest blogger is Andrew Satter, Video/Multimedia Producer at the Center for American Progress.

The 99 Percent Movement is spreading, and their gripes are legitimate. How did we get to a place where the richest 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the country’s wealth, own 50 percent of U.S.-owned stocks and bonds, and earn 24 percent of total income? Where the middle class is shrinking, to the point that the share of income going to the middle 60 percent of Americans fell five percentage points in the last 30 years. And where many millionaires pay less in taxes than their employees? In this video, the Center for American Progress identifies three factors that contributed to the creation of two Americas, one for the top 1 percent and one for the rest of us: