We as Americans always think of ourselves and our home as the best in every which way. Morally, industrially and economically we believe we are superior and America is the place where anyone's dreams no matter their beliefs, gender and nationality. Even though this may be hard to believe, this American Dream is simply not true and there is mountains of evidence to prove this.
People and especially politicians will yell up and down the America has, always be and is a place where everyone can get a tasty slice of the American Dream. Well what if I told you that some people have taken numerous or huge slices even of that pie. I'm talking about the wealthy and not just the wealthy but the top 1% who have essentially made this huge problem such as in 2007 the top 1% net worth was about $21.9 trillion but the net worth of the bottom 90% was approximately 18.4 trillion. The top 1%, if you haven't been paying attention to Bernie Sanders during the presidential debates, are the people who live on extremely expensive estates and who own many big corporations such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and the infamous Donald Trump who owns the Trump Taj Mahal. These names are one of the few people who occupy the top 1% of wealth. The wage gap is the wealth gap that is the amount of money that CEO's make compared to their workers. Many capitalist countries have a wage gap between their CEO's and workers but none as massive as America's wage gap. To show you the significance of this problem lets compare wage gaps between the U.K. and America. In 2004 the wage gap in the U.K. in reference of CEO's and employees was about 22:1. This means that a CEO in the U.K. made 22x more than an average worker. Now in America the wage gap was approximately 475:1. That is an astounding 475x more than an average worker and this has only grown since then.
Now lets talk about why this. There are many different things of why this is but the main reason is do to tax breaks that huge companies get when they pay huge lumps sums of money to politicians to vote in favor these huge corporations. This has got so bad that recently the Supreme Court has ordered the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, to explain why in 2015 Apple paid no taxes what so ever. Tom Cook explained how he did not break any laws and this is the problem. Apple this huge juggernaut with an estimated net worth of $700 billion by Times paid $0 in taxes should and is a huge, massive red flag that shows this gaping hole that politicians have been ignoring because these same companies pay hem to look the other way. By politicians doing this for decades it led to putting this huge boulder on the common people to keep the U.S. afloat. In 2008 we saw the result of what happens when only one part in a machine moves n the proper rotation.
I have a few solutions to solve this unfair distribution of wealth in America. My first proposal is to put back on a cap to how much a person or corporations can donate or buy politicians so they won't have the biggest influence in making laws. I believe that right belongs to the common people who want to make a change. Then the next step would be to raise the Federal Minimum Wage in America. Many conservatives will say doing this will make us a communist country because they think this will push more jobs over seas but this is very minimal. If the minimum wage was raised yes some jobs but not to do to the raise of minimum wage. Companies will do this to simply to scare us and to give them power. The reality is the companies don't have the power, we the people as consumers do. America is the worlds biggest consumer country. We, the people have the power to decide what products sell successfully and which products are scrapped. Plus the more money we the consumers have it's more money we'll spend because we we have needs and wants that can never be subsided. My final proposition to fix this problem is to make community colleges tuition free. Now I know this is a very controversial but the one thing that could have stopped this from getting to the point is knowledge and education of the problem. As a nation we should be aware of all of our flaws and this starts by learning and having knowledge to improve this.