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As US president Obama prepares for his annual State of the Union speech on 28 January, income inequality is expected to be on the top of his agenda.
The US has one of the highest income gaps in the developed world, and the gap is growing.
The BBC's David Botti breaks down the numbers to see how the US compares to the rest of the world and how Americans are reacting to the income gap.
Faith Justice says
THE HUGE MONEY WHICH USA SPENDS FOR BOMBING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND FUNDING
TERRORIST IN SYRIA can save those 150,000 homeless American citizen .
All these rich libs who are so concerned with income inequality all the
sudden are just jumping on the Obama bandwagon.Why don’t Cenk, Leo Dicaprio
& all these rich libs who are vilifying the rich as greedy and evil start
putting their money where their mouths are. Oprah’s been more than
generous, so i’m not referring to her. But why don’t a lot of these rich
libs who are so concerned about the lower class donate a year’s salary to
the poor & middle class & help ‘spread the wealth.’ I’m sure Leo is not
complaining about the $10-$15 million dollar paychecks that he receives for
The rich are rich because they work for it so why should their money be
given to the lazy stupid and not important
Paula Peluyera says
Do you know how much good food gets thrown away daily in the u.s.? For
every bag of apples, if one is bad or has a big scratch on it the WHOLE
thing is tossed! The same with bread, boxes, cans, you name it! There is no
reason not to feed the poor! Some stated even forbid it! Do you know how
many new clothes could be donated? How many homes built for the homeless?
How many people without jobs could be growing food and helping each other
and their community? The options are there. But who wants to act??????
It means fixing things myself instead of hiring someone else. It means not
keeping up with the Joneses. It means we should look into the UK basic
I’m not sure why anyone would be surprised that a poll of americans would
come back showing the opinion that the rich are greedy liars after telling
us about the income disparity.
The 38% of those polled who lack work ethic (laziness) is pretty pathetic
too, there are a lot of variables to consider with unemployment rates, and
the lack of upward mobility but really?
There’s always be income inequality & always will be. Why should a
cardiologist who worked hard & went to med school for 10-12 years be
vilified as “greedy” because they make $500,000.-$1 million a year? The
fact is there are a lot of poor people who don’t have the skill and
motivation to work hard and become successful. Take someone who drops out
of high school & has no training or vocational skill. That person will most
likely be working at a Tom Thumb or McDonalds even when they’re 40, &
they’ll still be wondering why they have no money because those jobs are
all they are qualified for. I’m not rich, but I am middle class. 20 years
ago, I worked at a Publix full time & put myself through college to get my
bachelor’s degree. We all know a college degree won’t guarantee you a six
figure salary, but is required to become qualified for most high paying
jobs. Obviously no one wants to be poor, the same way no one wants to be
fat. But there are a lot of people who lack the motivation & determination
to lose weight.
I for one found that to be a highly interesting video thanks :)
Kajun Klown says
I am far from rich… I make enough to live and no more…I work for the
nothing that I have and don’t look down on people because they have a
better life than me!!! I quit school and went to work…I am in
construction, It is MY fault I am in the situation I am in…I don’t sit
around crying cause my neighbor has 3 cars, a boat, jetski and
motorbikes…he worked hard and knew how to manage his money…why should
he have to give you some of his money just because he makes more? anyone
who wants more than they have earned is very selfish!!!
slumlordsbarry andcindycookwarwickri says
No heat nor toilet ! City let it go for months till all hell broke loose !
Then tenant ordered out had to go to hotel no one helped elderly disabled
grandmother. She gave them $2,250- 3mos rent then 2nd day toilet wouldn’t
flush. Former tenant e plumber said pipe to cesspool crushed system down.
Cook’s never should of rented it to him and definitely not grandma.Moved in
oct,14 out feb,14
Davids Ghost says
I think it’s happening all over the world.
Carl Terreros says
buy american you 99%ers, boycott china made products..stop the greed,
bring the jobs home…´´paz´´
Can’t believe the UK’s the 5th worst in the world…
Volker Hagemann says
Vance H says
Sharing, Justice and Peace for all will help Save Our Planet
American Studies Institute says