Who exactly is speaking for the USA? Or more importantly, who in the USA or EU represents the interests of working citizens? You can be sure its the usual gang economists that have written policies beneficial to the 1% and detrimental to everyone else, the 99%. These policies include:
Central banks, whose charters require balancing full employment against inflation risks but always focus exclusively on preventing inflation, going so far as to preemptively curb non-existent inflation while ignoring and mischaracterizing unemployment.
Rather than modernizing the financial industry to ensure that it better serve the productive economy, the US and other countries have structured regulations so a tiny group of bankers, hedge fund and private equity fund managers became filthy rich. The deliberate structural changes in regulations over the last forty years was not "deregulation," as is often pretended. Promoters of "deregulation" simply wanted FDIC insurance that they didn't have to pay for.
Rules have been written to ensure an upward redistribution is patent and copyright protection. Over the last four decades these protections have been made stronger and longer. These monopoly patents can now be applied to life forms, business methods, and software. If a country has a larger trade surplus on payments for royalties and patent licensing fees, it will have a larger trade deficit in manufactured goods and other areas. So, income gains for Pfizer and Disney translate into lost jobs for workers in the steel and auto industries.
A $20/month free market drug priced at a $300/month monopoly price is equivalent to a $280/month raise or cut in pay, actually more if you pay taxes.
Rent rates can have even a greater impact on healthy individuals. The doubling and tripling of rents which has gone on cannot be compensated for by savings on imported goods
Government-granted monopolies are not facts of nature, and there are alternative mechanisms for financing innovation and creative work. Direct government funding, as opposed to government granted monopolies, is one alternative.
CEOs who are paid tens of millions a year, are glaringly out of proportion to their contributions. The rise in wages of the 1% since about 1975 is so large it could raise the lower 90% of all workers wages 20% or the double wages for the lower 40% of all workers in the USA. This problem has spilled over into the cost of education and health care where administrators make more than professors and doctors.
While trade agreements remove all protections for autoworkers and other trades in the US from competition with low-wage factory workers in Mexico or China, they do little or nothing to reduce the barriers that protect doctors, dentists, and lawyers from the same sort of competition. There goes 17% of your budget, on average. This problem is so bad it can kill you prematurely.
Policies designed to reduce the incomes of high-end earners are not just a matter of being gratuitously nasty to those who were lucky enough to be successful. The disparities in income distributions that the country is experiencing are not due to some natural law of the marketplace, but are a consequence of deliberate policies which were put in place and can be changed. There are only two issues in politics, money and morality. The world needs ditch diggers, garbage men and many other trades to function at our highly comfortable organized level. It is outrageous to propose that only highly skilled, or special protected workers should live a comfortable life. But that is the State of our Union.