I am reminded by a friend that establishing some common ground for discussion is an important part of the political process. As we become enmeshed in the details of partisan campaigning it is easy to lose sight of the fact that not everyone has seen the same information about the issues. Establishing context is a vital preliminary step to a productive exchange of views. Here is my context:
Looking at that chart, there are two obvious questions to be asked of politicians seeking to lead the country forward:
1. Why and how did the scenario portrayed by the chart take place?
2. What needs to be done to reverse the direction of that graph line to move the country toward a fairer distribution of financial benefits?
My perception from listening to the presidential candidates is that Bernie Sanders has made the clearest analysis of the why and how, and he has made proposals for countering the soaring inequality that address the issues the analysis has identified. The thirty second sound bites that are the building blocks of tv debates do not offer the opportunity examine the factual underpinnings of allegations, but I tend to believe Bernie's version of things because he has avoided acceptance of the compromising financial contributions from the 10% which all the other candidates in the race have succumbed to.