Most Americans Are Still Seeing Red After The Recession

Income After Great Recession

After home foreclosures, industry collapses and plummeting markets took hold of the United States in the first decade of the 21st century, most Americans are still hurting. In 2014, a Federal Reserve report found that more than a third of American households believe that they’re doing worse now than in 2008, with around 40 percent saying that they’re “just getting by”. This, as 95 percent of income gains from 2009 to 2012 went to the wealthiest one percent of households. As indicated above, while a select few bounced back relatively unscathed from the recession, most of the country was–and still is–seeing red.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin Portrait

Founding Father? Yes. President? No. Source: Wikimedia

As one of the leading figures of American history, Benjamin Franklin is certainly one of the most interesting as well. He enjoyed a long life filled with countless achievements and colorful adventures. Franklin truly was a polymath, wearing many different hats throughout his life: politician, businessman, civic leader, inventor, author, printer, scientist etc. It’s no surprise that someone with such a distinguished career has so many fascinating stories to tell.

1. He had a knack for pranks. Franklin was never above causing a bit of mischief for his friends and family. When he was a teenager, Ben worked for his older brother’s newspaper, The New-England Courant. When his brother refused to publish one of Ben’s letters, Ben adopted a false identity – that of a widow named Silence Dogood – and started writing letters in her name. These, of course, got published and became pretty popular. Eventually, he put an end to the prank when Mrs. Dogood started receiving marriage proposals from readers.

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