Cuban Foreign Minister sees rising inequalities in the United States – Prensa Latina


On his Twitter account, the senior representative of Cuban diplomacy pointed out that 745 of the United States’ biggest fortunes added $ 2.1 trillion (USD) to their wealth during the pandemic.

The FM also pointed out that 89 million US citizens lost their jobs during the period, 45 million caught the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and there were 724,000 deaths from Covid-19, despite the fact that 50% of these deaths could have been prevented.

Rodriguez added that the country has spent $ 750 billion in the military sector.

According to the inequality.org website, the growing wealth of American billionaires is one of the most disturbing signs of inequality in the United States.

When the pandemic was declared last year, the collective wealth of billionaires in the world’s largest economy stood at some three trillion dollars and now stands at around five trillion, according to specialist studies.

Among those who profited the most from the crisis is Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, whose fortune has increased 751% and now stands at $ 209.4 billion.

Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos saw his fortune grow 70.1%, valued at $ 192.2 billion in March 2020.

Likewise, the owner of social networking company Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has a net worth of $ 117.6 billion after a 114.9% increase during the current pandemic.

On average, the super-rich Americans are taxed at an effective federal tax rate of about eight percent, lower than that stipulated for middle-income taxpayers, including teachers, nurses and firefighters.

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