That's the fact most people miss; during our economic growth, production grew, but the average worker did not see his pay grow with inflation. Most of the pay and benefit were given to the CEOs and officers. They became the wealthy on the backs of joe sixpack.
The conservatives cry for "redistribution of wealth" already happened. The joe sixpack got screwed while he worked harder, and didn't get his due reward. All those benefit went to the wealthy. Now, conservatives want to bitch that charging more taxes to the wealthy is a "redistribution."