This graph has appeared on the radical ultra-left wing website “The New York Times” and is a perfect example of facts that are quite simply wrong.
According to this graph, not only do countries that have more wealth inequality have less upward mobility, but America has a super-low amount of mobility, less than other countries!
This is obviously ridiculous. Let me present the actual facts:
1) Rush Limbaugh, who is never wrong, has said, “There’s so many myths. The income gap getting wider — it isn’t. The rich getting richer — they aren’t. You know, people move in and out of all these financial categories constantly. They’re all fluid.” Therefore the idea that we do not have social mobility is just wrong.
2) Shelby Steele, senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said “There must be a Republican message of social exceptionalism. America has more social mobility than any heterogeneous society in history.” I have never heard of this person but it sounds right to me.
3) Dick Morris, Fox News political analyst, has explained that even if there are more poor people now than in the past, they are different poor people because all of the old poor people have moved up! That’s social mobility.
So, obviously this fiction that the United States does not have good upward mobility is just a lie. The above graph is therefore just another example of facts and numbers showing a liberal bias!!!!
Source: Alan Krueger, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
Via: Paul Krugman at the New York Times
References to Conservative Facts can all be verified through: MediaMatters.org