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Rich Man, Poor Man

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Apples to Oranges

I'm all for pointing out the huge gap in income in this country but to be credible you have to be accurate, I think your comparison is flawed.

You use the average top earner but compare it to the poverty level, not the average income in the country. You could have used the mean or if you wanted to skew more conservative you could have used the median. Using the median income from 2004 (the most recent stats I could find in a very quick search) I find that the average top level earner makes about 257 times the median earner. Still a huge gap if less sensational as your 510 number.

Either way income inequality is a big issue.

Thanks,
AJ

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