I'm sure you recognize those facts, but I do think they need to be mentioned for those who may not be aware.
Source: Fast Facts
I respect your intelligence enough to assume you know as well as I do that looking at a very small piece of the puzzle does not give clarity to the entire picture. There are MANY elements which come together to affect the various issues being dealt with. For example, outsourcing of jobs and the re-education and training of the middle aged worker who has to find a way to fit in a computerized society. The rapid increase of college education against the rapid rise in the cost of education. Easy credit, housing and financial crash of '08, the country's change from a production to service based economy, etc. all play a part in the different numbers we casually throw out. Reform College casually threw out a fact to counter a fact casually thrown out by Sheik. I casually threw out my fact to provide an additional to piece to the puzzle.
But let's face it, this thread isn't about doing a deep and careful study of the causes of our current economic situation. This thread is yet another in a long line of political discussions for one side to argue with the other side, because at the end of the day, we all enjoy arguing about politics.