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Power and Classism The US tax justice economic and political systems are just a few of the systems in place that support the wealthy people in America The have the privilege of owning almost all of the wealth in the United States According to statistics in the article Imagine a Country the top one percent actually owns the same amount of wealth as the bottom 95 Imagine 88 This is no accident The wealthy people are rich at the expense of the poor and working class Divide 90 Between 1977 and 1992 the after tax income of the bottom 80 fell 2 while the after tax income of the top 1 rose 102 Immiserating 91 Also Capital gains tax has dropped to half of where they were in 1996 and corporate income tax is at an all time low of 62 Normalizing 93 According to New York University Professor Edward N Wolf keeping wages low has caused property income and stock prices to increase which has shown an increased wealth in the rich Great 90 The rich also enjoy more lenient ju stice system According to the Jeremy H Reiman in his article The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison white collar crimes cost about 200 billion dollars annually much more than car thefts bank robberies and home burglaries combined however whites receive shorter prison sentences and more acquittals Part of the reason has to do with good lawyers and another reason according to Reiman is that judges dont convict white defendants because they as the judges have themselves stated that they dont want to make a criminal out of a businessman As a result a white upper class business criminal has a better chance of settling damages in civil court whereas the Hispanic car thief is more likely to plea-bargain his case to a judge and receive jail time Rich 89 The wealthy also enjoy better schools and neighborhoods because tax
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