How long would it take to earn one billion dollars
This is a telling glimpse of how disparate the gap is between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent...
If a person earns a million dollars a year, a majority would consider that person to be rich. Even someone who earns $250,000 a year would be considered by most people to be doing really well.
I like to use this as a stark analysis for those who aren't good at math or who don't contemplate such things. Lets figure out how long it would take to earn one billion dollars. Lets use those two incomes mentioned above for comparison. One billion (1,000,000,000) divided by one million (1,000,000) is 1,000. It would take 1,000 years to earn one billion dollars while earning one million per year. At the rate of earning $250,000 a year, you would only have to wait 4,000 years to earn your first billion dollars.
Occupy Wall Street has focused national attention on the vast majority of Americans who have been left behind by the economic growth of the past few decades. But if OWS is the voice of the 99 percent, who exactly are the 1 percent?