The following argument was abstracted from newspaper articles, editorials, and letters to the editor. Use the method presented in this section to construct argument patterns. If a statement is redundant or plays no role in the argument, do not include it in the pattern.
1 The United States is currently experiencing the greatest economic inequality since the 1920s, and
2 this inequality is depressing the economy.
3 The true sustainers of the economy are the bottom 99 percent of households, but
4 the top 1 percent takes in 93 percent of the growth in income. Also,
5 economic inequality is undercutting tax receipts, which are vital for infrastructure, education and research. This is because
6 income earned by the rich is taxed at a far lower rate than income earned by the middle class.