From CNN Money:
"In 2009, the richest 10% of Americans accounted for about half the nation's wealth. Narrow that focus a bit further, and the trend is even more alarming. The top 0.1% -- those who make at least $2 million each year -- controlled 10% of the economy.
'That's a far cry from the 1950s, when the suburban American dream ruled: the bottom 90% of Americans controlled about 68% of the economy...."
All that wealth explains a statistic reported yesterday (2/21) by USA Today:
"Nation’s wealthiest 5% of households account for 37% of consumer spending according to Moody’s Analytics."
Extreme Inequality Produces Economic Instability, as Washington's Blog documents: