Actually, Wall Street Journal, The Combined Income Of People Earning Over $200K DWARFS The Middle Class

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed back in April arguing that “you can’t eliminate the deficit just by taxing the rich because the rich don’t have enough money.”

To prove their point, they included a chart that showed those earning between $100k and $200k accounted for more than $1.3 trillion in total taxable income, far more than any other group.

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But there is a big caveat: If you add all the incomes that are higher than $200k, you get a number that is much larger than $1.3 trillion.

Here’s the chart, redrawn by Mother JonesKevin Drum:

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So yes, the middle class earns a lot. But the rich earn way more.