According to Politifact, they received a number of inquiries about some remarks Bernie Sanders made yesterday:
On Nov. 30, 2010, Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, made a Senate floor speech about the gap between rich and poor in America. It soon went viral on the Internet. After receiving a number of requests from readers to fact-check it, we decided to do just that.
We’ll take a look at two of the claims Sanders made. In this item, we’ll look at how Sanders characterizes the income earned by the top 1 percent of Americans.***
So, we’re left with three studies that vary slightly but which all point in the same general direction — showing the top 1 percent earning between 21.4 and 23.5 percent of the national income in 2007. The studies also show that this share exceeds what the entire bottom 50 percent of the United States earns. So we rate Sanders’ statement True.
While I am a little surprised everyone did not already know this, the fact that his speech yesterday has stirred enough interest that people are asking for verification can only be considered good news. It is nice to know there are some people out there who are shocked by this news, because the amount of wealth and power concentrated in the hands of the very few is shocking. Maybe some of the teabagging fools suckered by the Koch brothers and the GOP will clue in as to what is going on.
So, congratulations, Senator Sanders. You are making an impact. And maybe Harry Reid should schedule an all day vent for his caucus once a month.