" US wages didn't stagnate until a few years before the recession"
WOW!!! And we need to win in Vietnam!!
This simply isn't true. I think it was about 1979 when corporations decided to cut wage increases for the 99%. Maybe early 1980. I still remember the way I felt believing the lies about keeping America competitive requires patience..wtf was I thinking? Ask anyone who manages a local bank, or works under that manager, or the people who feed them on lunch or even the people who physically built the bank ...ask them how their wages fair to wages 40 years gone.