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A&M 45, Tech 27

Aggies whoop Tech The red zone The Aggies were six for six in the redzone led by junior quarterback Ryan Tannehill and junior reciever Jeff Fuller. sports | 3

Tannehill triumphs in record game


idway through the third quarter of A&M’s 45-27 dismantling of rival Texas Tech, junior quarterback Ryan Tannehill lined up to punt. Fittingly, he hit the punt perfectly and the ball was downed inside the Tech 10-yard line.

David Harris sports editor, senior economics major

In a near-flawless performance, the Aggies’ new hope did more than set the school record for passing yards in a game. In his first career start under center, he injected this A&M team and the 84,000 in attendance at Kyle Field with a much-needed dose of optimism going into the team’s final four contests. “There’s no question he had a very good day,” Head Coach Mike Sherman said. “I’ve got to say this, it’s hard to go out there in your first start and he responded pretty well.” It was the team’s — and more specifically the offense’s — best See Tannehill on page 3

Laura Bush visits Aggie campus

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First lady Laura Bush was on campus Thursday at the George Bush Presidential Library to raise awareness for heart disease and officially open the Traveling Heart Truth Red Dress exhibit at the library. “Many women are too busy taking care of their families, jobs and house to take care of themselves,” Bush said. “Sometimes we have to work hard just to recognize ourselves.” Bush urged women to be aware of the dangers associated with heart disease and the factors that can contribute to it including stress, smoking and obesity. She opened the collection with a ribbon-cutting Thursday, advising women to take care of their hearts. “Right now education and prevention are the only cure that we have,” Bush said. “We’re trying to attract attention to this issue, and as we all know nothing attracts attention like a

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red dress.” The exhibit will be open through August 2011 and includes dresses from 13 first ladies and celebrities who donated dresses. “I had no idea heart health was such a problem,” said John Forsyth, a freshman genFormer First lady, eral studies major. “It’s Laura Bush great to have someone out there working to spread the word about something that so many have ignored, and the fact that it is Laura Bush of all people makes it even better.” Austin Burgart, staff writer

Immigrant tuition bill under vote Illegal immigrants cannot legally hold jobs or work. And now there is a push in preventing them to pay for higher education using in-state tuition prices. Introduced by the committee of external affairs, SB63-11, the In-state tuition bill, documents the committee’s proposal “to clarify what demographics receive in-state tuition and oppose measures to give in-state tuition to persons residing in the United States illegally.” Specifics of the bill state that since illegal immigrants cannot hold legal job status or gain lawful citizenship without first returning to their home country to gain legal status into the United States, they should not be eligible for in-state tuition at Texas A&M. The bill also states that making this change

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would be in accordance with U.S. Code Section 1623. This section details that there are currently eight states that prevents eligibility to aliens without lawful documentation of citizenship any postsecondary education benefits. The bill proposes that illegal immigrants should not receive in state tuition and that the Student Government Association should oppose any federal, state or local legislation that should grant illegal immigrants in state tuition privileges. Voting on the SB63-11 will be brought to the floor at the next Student Senate meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Koldus 144. Joyce Go, staff writer

The Battalion For many kids, Halloween and all its glory trumps birthdays, Christmas and Thanksgiving hands down. But in the Bryan-College Station, some youngsters might not get the opportunity to trick-or-treat when Halloween finally comes around. Thanks to MSC Hospitality, a student organization centered on community outreach, these kids will have a Halloween they’ll dream about for months to come. MSC Hospitalityy has a Halloween Party eachh fall for the members of the he Bryan-College Sta-tion community so families can have a safe and fun Halloween. As one of MSC Hospitality’s largest events, planning for the party begins in July, where members begin to collect funds and decide the various es games and activities to be held for the more ore than 200 attendants. Junior biology major Shannon Parma, the holidays and culture executive with MSC Hospitality, heads up the Halloween party and said she couldn’t be more

excited about helping others. “I love to see the look on the kids’ faces when they walk around winning prizes and playing games,” said Parma. “It’s wonderful seeing how much fun they have.” Parma said MSC Hospitality has provided her with an outlet to interact with people from all walks of life. “I’ll be prepared for so many aspects of the career field through organizing my time, handling a budget, learning

how to work in groups, and learning how to handle all types of situations with MSC Hospitality,” said Parma.

Lisa Houlton, a junior business major, said she loves this aspect of MSC Hospitality and can’t wait for more opportunities to assist the community. “There are so many things you can do with MSC Hospitality,” Houlton said. “We get to do a wide range of activities from going to retirement homes to doing the President’s Box at football games.” Besides assisting the community as the whole, the Halloween Party also aims to provide international families with Hallowan American Amer een experience. International atInt tendees come te from all corners of the globe, r e a d y to carve pumpkins and bob for apples. JJian Huang, a petroleum engineering graduate stugra dent dent, came out to the Halloween with his family Party wi and said he couldn’t be more excited about learning the holiday’s traditions. “I love being in the community and joining the American culture,” Huang said.

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There will be an open mic night and coffeehouse at 8 p.m. Thursday at Studio 12 in the Commons. Charlie Gore will perform.


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Lazy days Freshman electrical engineering major Stephen Ogier reads a novel Sunday under a tree on campus.

Democratic governor candidate Bill White spent all of the last weekend of the 2010 election season campaigning, in person and by phone. Republican Gov. Rick Perry took one day off before Sunday appearances in the Houston suburbs. Both candidates spent Friday on campaign blitzes through their strongholds, Perry in West Texas and White in North and central Texas. On Sunday, two more Texas daily newspapers issued their endorsements. The editorial boards of the Abilene Reporter-News and El Paso Times both endorsed White for governor. That brought to eight the number of Texas newspaper endorsements for White’s campaign. The Perry campaign has one newspaper endorsement.


Indonesia volcano spews more ash as returnees flee

Arizona’s tough and controversial new immigration law will get its day before a San Francisco appeals court Monday, with the central issue being just what role state and local authorities can play in confronting those who cross the border illegally. A threejudge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider Gov. Jan Brewer’s appeal of a ruling that put on hold parts of the law. Among the blocked provisions is the requirement that police — in enforcing other laws — must question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

Allegations disputed in Rutgers suicide Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were charged with invasion of privacy after prosecutors say Ravi used a webcam Sept. 19 to capture his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay sexual encounter. Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge days later. But Steven Altman and Rubin Sinins, who represent Ravi and Wei respectively, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that the webcam stream was only viewed on a single computer and did not show the men having sex. Law enforcement officials wouldn’t discuss the lawyers’ claims, citing the ongoing investigation.

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Residents flee on their motorcycles as Mount Merapi releases ash Sunday from Central Java, Indonesia.

Israeli PM to visit US Israel’s prime minister said Sunday he will head to the U.S. next week to discuss Mideast peace talks, in a possible sign of movement for the troubled diplomatic process. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in late September over renewed Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, and U.S. and Israeli officials have been working to find a formula to revive the negotiations. President Barack Obama will be in Asia when Netanyahu visits, so the Israeli leader will meet with Biden instead.

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia — Thousands of evacuees who risked a trip home near a deadly Indonesian volcano fled in panic as the mountain spewed more searing ash clouds Sunday, while rescuers finally resumed aid to tsunami victims in the country’s other unfolding disaster. The number of people killed in the twin catastrophes climbed to almost 500 on Sunday, as dozens more bodies were found in the tsunami-ravaged Mentawai islands. Indonesia, a vast island nation of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and eruptions because it straddles a series of fault lines and volcanoes known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” No new casualties were immediately reported in the latest blast.The volcano has killed 38 people since it began erupting Tuesday.

Dubai mail bomb sent on passenger planes One of two powerful bombs mailed from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues traveled on passenger flights within the Middle East, a Qatar Airways spokesman said Sunday. The U.S. said the plot bears the hallmarks of al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen and has vowed to destroy the group. A package containing explosives hidden in a printer cartridge arrived in Qatar Airways’ hub in the capital Doha on a flights from Yemen — an Airbus A320 which can carry up to 144 passengers.


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Aggies beat Tech The Aggies display new found strength on offense despite the loss of sophomore Christine Michael to a cracked tibia. Find more at Meagan O’Toole Pitts — THE BATTALION

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performance thus far. Tannehill’s throws were consistently crisp. He showed sound decision-making. He was comfortable in the pocket. He showed nice touch on his deep throws and good velocity on the intermediate throws. He completed 72 percent of his passes. In comparison, senior Jerrod Johnson completed a paltry 56.6 percent of his passes. The difference was noticeable, to say the least. Because of his uncanny accuracy, the Aggies’ skilled position players finally had an opportunity to make plays after the catch. Sophomore Ryan Swope was a menace on underneath routes, accounting for 105 yards through the air. “Tannehill did a good job today, he’s a smart player,” Swope said. “He’s a leader, he did a great job leading that offense today.” Junior Jeff Fuller, with 11 catches and 171 yards, had his best game while in a maroon uniform. Time and again, he was matched up in one-on-one situations. Time and again, Tannehill exploited the obvious mismatch.

“Ryan was doing a good job of putting the ball in the right place,” Fuller said, “giving me opportunities to go up and make big plays.” Tannehill had everyone involved, spreading the ball around to 10 receivers. But it was his efficiency and accuracy that allowed the A&M offense which ran 93 plays to establish the tempo they’ve been striving for. This much-hyped Aggie offense went into the season with some lofty expectations and copious amounts of preseason accolades. With unmatched depth and unrivaled ability at the skill positions, Sherman’s offense was to be the overriding reason for this resurgence. However, seven games in, the unit had been a giant letdown. And as a result, the team and season had been a major disappointment. But with one move, this 2010 campaign has seemingly turned around and with the brunt of the schedule on the horizon. All those bad feelings generated in the first seven weeks have turned into confidence and hopefulness. Tannehill said, following his record-setting performance, “I thank God and Coach Sherman for the opportunity to go out and play.” And with optimism and passion reestablished, Aggieland has Tannehill to thank.

Tannehill-led Aggie offense capitalizes with red zone chances Sean Lester The Battalion Coming off a 45-10 win against Kansas the Texas A&M offense was searching for an identity. After converting on all six of their red zone chances in a 45-27 win Saturday against Texas Tech, junior quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the A&M offense seem to have found it. “Fast tempo is where we perform our best,” Tannehill said. “We came to the realization as an offense that’s what we need to do.” The fast tempo helped lead the offense down the field for 35 first downs, the second-highest total in school history, putting the team in scoring range inside the red zone. A&M is 11 for 11 in the red zone in its last two games. “I thought the offensive line did a great job today,” Head Coach Mike Sherman said. “It allowed us the opportunity to do something and have success in the red zone.” The Texas A&M offensive line is without one of their best players in junior Evan Eike due to a sprained ankle. Although the offensive line has struggled this season with several young players on the squad, Saturday’s game against Tech proved to help them mesh. “[Offensive Line Coach Jim] Turner talked to me

last night and he said he thought this would be the game they really came together,” Sherman said. “I think the whole group really gelled.” The offensive line helped give Tannehill time on all four of his touchdown passes. His touchdowns came from three, six, two and one yards out respectively. The other two red zone scores came from a twoyard run by junior Cyrus Gray in the third quarter and a 28-yard field goal by junior Randy Bullock. The Aggies also scored on a 54-yard run by Gray in the third quarter, which was the only score outside of the red zone. “I have to give huge props to the offensive line,” Tannehill said. “We were able to make some checks and the offensive line was doing a great job of picking up those guys and allowing me time to make a throw.” Tannehill found his weapon in junior receiver Jeff Fuller who finished the game with 11 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. The A&M offense finished with 623 total yards and Tannehill finished the first half with a school record of 277 passing yards. “I am thankful,” Tannehill said of the record. “Through the offensive line, the wide receivers and the backs, it was a great team effort. “We all came together.”

Be a Hometown Hero. Donate Blood. You can do something to make a difference in someone’s life. You can donate blood this week in the lobby of the Jack E. Brown Engineering Building. Blood donation usually takes less than 45 minutes and can save up to three lives. Donors will receive free food, 12 free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings and the chance to win a $25 Chili’s gift card, and will be automatically entered to win a $200 Visa gift card from First State Bank Central Texas. Jack E. Brown Engineering Building blood donation schedule: (Public garage available on University Drive):

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nation &world Trial begins for kidnapper in Smart case Eight years after he’s accused of slicing through a kitchen window screen with a knife and whisking away a young girl in the middle of the night, the man charged in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart is headed to trial in federal court. Jury selection in the trial of Brian David Mitchell is scheduled to begin Monday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court. Mitchell, 57, was indicted in March 2008 on federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines — for allegedly taking Smart to San Diego. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in a federal prison.

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If you want to know what a member of the U.S. armed forces thinks about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,â€? you could start by asking how old they are. Generational differences appear to play a role in whether soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors are worried about repealing the policy that has barred gays from serving openly since 1993 but faces a possible court-ordered end. “Younger soldiers wouldn’t have a problem with it, but older soldiers are the ones that enforce Army regulations,â€? said Jason Ashley, 43, a former Army ďŹ rst sergeant who served with the 101st Airborne Division. The Pentagon is set to release a study of the issue, ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in December.


President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement to reporters about the suspicious packages found Friday on U.S.-bound planes.

White House: Terrorist threat ‘credible’, more bombs possible WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser said Sunday that authorities “have to presumeâ€? there might be more potential mail bombs like the ones pulled from planes in England and the United Arab Emirates. The foiled plot “certainly bears the hallmarkâ€? of al-Qaida’s Yemen branch, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and the terrorist group is “still at war with us and we are very much at war with them,â€? deputy national security adviser John Brennan said. “We’re trying to get a better handle on what else may be out there,â€? Brennan told NBC’s “Meet the Pressâ€? as he made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows representing the Obama administration in the wake of the latest terrorist scare. Obama called the terrorist threat “credible,â€? and U.S. intelligence ofďŹ cials believe the suspected bombmaker is a Saudi named Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. Forensic analysis indicates that the same bombmaker also constructed the devices used in the failed bombing on a Detroit-bound airliner last Christmas and the

attack on Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism chief last year, Brennan said. All three bombs contained the explosive PETN. The person assembling these devices, he told ABC’s “This Week,â€? is “clearly somebody who has a fair amount of training and experience and we need to ďŹ nd him and we need to bring him to justice.â€? Brennan added that the devices were able to go off “at a time of the terrorists’ choosing — including when a plane was in ight or when the packages reached their ďŹ nal destination. “They could have brought those planes down,â€? he said. “It is my understanding that these devices did not need someone to actually physically detonate them.â€? Brennan noted that because of the continuing threat, the world’s largest package delivery companies — FedEx and UPS — have suspended air freight from Yemen. “I think prudence tells us to make sure that we’re doing everything possible to screen cargo that might be coming from that part of the world,â€? Brennan said. Associated Press

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he original “Rock Band� took the music video game world by storm by incorporating the entire band feel. “Rock Band 3� is no different.

The advent of the pro section and revitalized tour mode add a new depth to music gaming and certainly bridge the gap, spilling over into actual music. One of the game’s selling features is the reworked tour mode. The introduction of challenges in career mode allows the player to level up their avatar and earn new venues to rock out in. Challenges can be band, instrument or even venuespecific and add a new experience to the game. The player or players can tour all over the world, racking up points and mastering favorite songs from all decades. The touring actually feels like you’re out there to rock the world. By far, the most important aspect of “Rock Band 3� is the pro section. In previous games players were able to pick from Rock Band 3 any difficulty level, easy is a must buy through for the musiexpert, and test cian or the their music lover. skills against

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The “Rock Band� video game franchise continues to deliver innovative music gameplay in its third outing, “Rock Band 3.� the rest of the world. The revamped pro section allows players to play the song as it really is. Every note matches up in the pro section and every chord struck is the real thing. Now anyone can learn to play “Smoke on the Water� exactly as Deep Purple has so often on stage. In the old version, players only have access to the Mustang guitar, the plastic controller with 106 buttons, but with the release of the Squier Stratocaster players can use a real guitar both in game and out. Countless hours of practice sessions and training courses prepare anyone to make the leap from the plastic controller to the real thing. “Rock Band 3� is more than a game; it’s a musical trainer that everybody can learn to use. At first, the pro section is daunting and maybe even a bit scary, but once you settle in, you can feel like the

rock star you always wanted to be. “Rock Band 3� is a must-buy for the musician or music-lover. It’s the same game we’ve come to know, but with so much more. It opens up the music world to everyone and gives the world a chance to show off classic skills or build some new ones. No longer will players get destroyed by 12-year-olds who sit glued to television screens for seven hours each day. I, for one, cannot wait to spend days in a practice session hoping to gain ground on the diabolical “Free Bird.� Expect a sharp learning curve that resembles a mountain for some, but serves as a mere steppingstone for those who want to embrace their musical side and shred with the best.


Being a middle-schooler who already had the entire world figured out, I told him Good Charlotte rocked and I would never listen to old people music. Almost eight years later, I eat those words everyday when I get in my car and turn to the classic rock station on my way to campus, or when my iPod is on shuffle and the Rolling Stones begin to blare, or when I listen to The Beatles on a road trip or as I write this column while listening to my The Who station on Pandora. Growing up, we often think our parents are crazy (sometimes they are) and just don’t get it. When we live under the same roof, it seems like our parents try to

dream up ways to embarrass us by doing things like getting out of the car to pick us up at middle school (and again at Fish Camp). As I get older, my parents make more sense and I can see myself becoming more like them each day. Yes, it is terrifying when I flick the steering Caroline wheel at a red light Ward like my dad or look junior at the speedometer communication and see that I am major driving far below the speed limit like my mom. It is scary, but being an adult sort of puts things in perspective. My parents are people that I have come to admire and enjoy and I readily seek their insight. As college freshmen, we begin to gain an understanding regarding how little we know about living on our own. Questions emerge, such as, do I buy one-ply


things you should know

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Finding a balance


Multiracial identities


Silver Taps


Working for a nonproďŹ t


Professional etiquette dinner

There will be a workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. today at the Pavillion covering procrastination and time management. Register online at https://ďŹ

Matt Bizzell is a freshman English major

Growing older, getting wiser hen I was in seventh grade, my dad read an article in the newspaper saying many members of my generation were listening to the classic rock music of his era.


or two-ply toilet paper? Can’t I just use Cascade to wash my clothes, if I run out of laundry powder? How am I supposed to do all of this stuff and still handle schoolwork and my social life? Our parents earn more of our respect when we realize what it takes to be an adult. If they are within driving distance, it may be time to consider giving up a weekend with friends to spend time with parents or time to invite them over for lunch or dinner. Friends come and go, but family is family for life. They cannot be traded for new, cooler models. As we cross the threshold into full-fledged adulthood, time together can form new bonds. Even though Keith Richards looks like he is 120 years old and his skin, well, has seen better days, I still like his “old people music.� Music is something my dad and I have in common, since I have thankfully moved past the Good Charlotte phase of my life. If you haven’t already, give your parents and Led Zeppelin a chance; they might surprise you.

The CommUnity Conversations series will continue at 11:30 a.m. today in Rudder 401 with “The Invisible ‘Other:’ Multiracial Identities, Multiracial Selves.� A panel of students and staff will discuss the complexities of negotiating a racialized world.

The Silver Taps for November will be at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Academic Plaza. The memorial service will include bell chimes, three rie volleys ďŹ red by the Ross Volunteers, and “Silver Tapsâ€? played by six buglers.

There will be a panel discussion on working for charities and nonproďŹ t groups from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in room 110 in the Koldus Student Services Building. The seminar will include information on working in an industry for a cause and earning money at the same time.

There will be a professional etiquette dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club on the 12th oor of Rudder Tower. Tickets are available at the MSC Box OfďŹ ce.


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Comedian Stephen Colbert shouts to the crowd during Saturday’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

Thousands flock to Stewart-Colbert rally A “sanity” rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands Saturday to the National Mall, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times. Organizers insisted the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, just days before the congressional elections Tuesday, wasn’t about politics. Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” is popular especially with Democrats and independents, a Pew Research Center poll found. Colbert of “The Colbert Report” poses as an ultraconservative, and the stage Saturday was stacked with entertainers associated with Democratic causes. Even so, Stewart said the day was about toning down anger and partisan division. “Shouting is annoying, counterproductive and terrible for your throat,” he said on his website.

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Supreme Court to hear violent video game case A California law seeks to ban the sale and rental of violent games to children. The law, which has bounced around the legal system like a game of “Pong” since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger first signed it in 2005, was declared unconstitutional last year by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. California’s measure would have regulated games more like pornography

than movies, prohibiting the sale or rental of games that give players the option of “killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being” to anyone under the age of 18. The federal court said the law violated minors’ constitutional rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments. Associated Press



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he media is ripe with sensationalism over the growing gap between the rich and the poor. The left has made it a false flag to rally troops for class warfare, which is neither healthy, nor beneficial for anyone involved. “The wealthy don’t work for their money!” “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer!” This is bumper sticker economics and it’s time to put the myths around income disparity to rest. Consider the idea that the wealthy don’t work for their money. Pundits would have you believe wealth is largely inherited, which makes the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor like some medieval serfdom. The inconvenient truth is old money is dead. New York University Professor Edward Wolff conducted a study of the nation’s top 1 percent using Federal Reserve data and found inherited wealth accounted for only 9 percent of their net worth in 2001. This was down from 23 percent in 1989. A study done by Prince & Associates, the leading market research firm on global private wealth, found in 2008 that less than 10 percent of multi-millionaires cited inheritance as their source of wealth. Finally, a study also in 2008, by the Washington Consulting firm Spectrum Group, found inherited wealth among millionaires accounted for just 2 percent of their total wealth. These studies varied in methodology and samples, but they conclusively tell a story. Inheritance is not the main driver of wealth in America. The number of millionaires and billionaires has doubled in the past decade while inherited wealth has shrunk. The rich are becoming more numerous without inheritance. Then consider the popular fallacy that “as the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 1967, the lowest fifth of income earners made $16,909 (adjusted to 2008 dollars). In 2008, they made $20,712 (2008 dollars). That is a 22.5 percent increase in income. The top 5 percent of income earners over the same time period went from $107,091

to $180,000 for an increase of 68.1 percent. When we analyze the content we find there are three years where the poor got richer and the rich got poorer (1974, 2000, 2004), there are seven years where the rich got richer and the poor got poorer Taylor Wolken (1970, 1977,1982, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2003), and 31 years where the rich and the poor sophomore general either got richer or poorer together. The studies major, voices data shows from 1967-2008 the rich are desk assistant certainly richer but the poor are also richer. Further analysis shows 76 percent of the time the income of the poor increases or decreases with the rich. Only 7 percent of the time did the poor get richer while the rich got poorer. Considering those odds, why would anyone think punishing the rich is at all likely to help the poor? There is a growing disparity of income between the rich and the poor but we are all becoming richer. This still doesn’t address the entire fallacy. We have to know how we get these statistics. These stats measure pretax income. So lop off 35 percent from the top-income earners and add 6 to 8 percent to the bottom-income earners. Then give the bottomincome earners Medicaid, food stamps and a wealth of other benefits that don’t show up under income. Who are the top-income earners and the bottom-income earners? Most top-income earners are midde-aged having spent years advancing their careers. Many bottom-income earners are young and beginning careers that will move them up the income bracket. Others are retired thus have no income but are living off wealth they saved over a lifetime. Shouldn’t older workers make more than younger workers? Does it make sense to blindly consider retirees poor? Furthermore, income measurements look at families. Topincome earners are more likely to have children than the kids and retirees in the bottom income bracket. As a result the top-income bracket has 70 percent more people than the bottom. Factor all this in and not only does income disparity seem necessary, logical and fair but you find the rich make 2 to 5 times that of the poor. This is far short of less analytical observations that show the rich making twelve 12 to 15 times that of the poor. The income gap does exist but we are all getting richer. The “rich” and the “poor” aren’t who you might expect them to be, the gap isn’t as big as some want you to think, and many of the reasons for the disparity are fair and logical. It may be good politics to promote class warfare but it is bad economics.

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