This amount is more than the $350 million stolen in all robberies in 2012. It's even more than the cost to victims of all of the robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and motor thefts that occurred in 2012 - less than $14 billion.
But are employers really the "biggest robbers in America"? What about the government? How much do they take from us?
The first place to look is, of course, the military industrial complex where just the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost American taxpayers (the "workers") $4 trillion to $6 trillion (not to mention the cost of lives). Well, I guess I'm done. But that would be too easy, let's continue.
What about taxes? In 2013, the government "earned" more than $2.5 trillion in tax revenues. Now, most of that money is surprisingly paid out by the top 10% who paid over 70% of the total amount collected in federal income taxes in 2010; compared to only 50% in 1986. But the rest of the revenue is from other taxes including Social Security, Medicare, etc., which the average worker "donates" to the government.
What about a random government scheme, like court fees in the city of Ferguson, Missouri? For a failure to appear to court, for an arrest that you may or may not be guilty of (remember, you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty), the fine is $125. It comes with an extra burden of a warrant, which costs another $50 and $0.56 per mile for the police officer that serves you. If you are unfortunately arrested on a Friday, and the court is closed Saturday and Sunday, you must pay $30 to $60 a night for your comfortable stay in jail. Once you are found guilty, for which you likely will be, the average fine in Ferguson is $275 (we are talking about victimless crimes like traffic crimes, not necessarily serious crimes like battery or robbery). In 2013, the government in Ferguson "earned" about $2.6 million from "criminals" for these fees.
Now, Ferguson is likely not the average city - after all it has issued 3 warrants for every household - but let's do the same generalization that the EPI study did and apply these costs to other cities in the United States. According to the 2007 U.S. Census, there are about 39,044 general purpose local governments. Let's just divide this number by half for the heck of it. Applying the EPI generalization formula, local cities "earn" about $50,757,200,000. Yeah, I checked that number a few times; it always comes out to almost $51 billion dollars! Now, even taking that number in half, it's still over $25 billion! For what? For not fully stopping at a stop sign?
In the end, just using the three above "revenue" streams, the U.S. government "earns" almost $7 trillion from its "workers," the taxpayers. Who again is the "biggest robbers in America"?