Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs - but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.

from President Barack Obama – State of the Union 2013 on Rap Genius

Meaning

“The Fortune 500 generated a total of $824.5 billion in earnings last year, up 16.4% over 2010. That beats the previous record of $785 billion, set in 2006 during a roaring economy….total wages have now fallen to a record low of 43.5% of GDP. Until 1975, wages almost always accounted for at least half of GDP, and had been as high as 49% as recently as early 2001” — Forbes.com

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