5 cities with the widest income gaps

These metro areas have a rich-poor divide, marked by a smaller middle class and higher concentrations of both poverty and wealth.

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Nov 22, 2013 12:25PM
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It IS the planned future for all of us. The more we outscoure manufacturing, and the more cheap labor we import, the worse it will get! This is not a Dem, or GOP thing. This is a catastrophy about to happen. Our gov't is creating a society of takers, not workers. Easy to control, and regulate, because they get everything from them, while the party elite grows richer, and richer. Sound familiar? Why else would our politicians refuse to live on the same programs we do?(while they continually rape them). At the same time, offering mountains of free benefits to people who are here ILLEGALY, or issueing H1B visas to import MORE cheap labor, while AMERICANS can't get help, or jobs. Being white, heterosexual, employed, and patriotic, is no longer acceptable. NOW, I am a racist, a sexist, and  fanatic, for being proud of my American upbringing. (I am also Jewish, so that kills the white supremecist card ). I am not afraid to work, and never have been. I am a tradesman. I see mine, and my childrens future, being sqaundered, while my fellow countymen hide their heads, or claim," What can I do?" You CAN vote can't ya? TAKE THE DAY OFF AND VOTE! MAKE THE TIME! Our  leaders are COUNTING on you not to show up, while they count illegal votes to win! This country stand on the brink of disaster. ANY GOV'T THAT CAN GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED, CAN TAKE AWAY EVERYTHING YOU HAVE! Free trade with China, and Mexico? I've never been to either one, and I've never made a dime there.AND, they'll  never give me one!!! Wake up sheeple! There is no pot of gold at the end of this road, only socialism, and poverty! Screw the rest of the world, I live here! I was born Am

erican, and will die American. If you don't agree with me, you are just part of the problem, so keep your pathetic whinings to yourself. You will reap what you've sown soon enough. GOD BLESS AMERICA (or what's left of it)

Nov 30, 2013 6:38PM
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The middle class is getting attacked from all sides!  Our politicians say that they care about the middle class, but they do nothing about it.

The lazy are leaching from the middle class through "social programs", and our government encourages it!  The government is raising the middle class' taxes.  And the rich are taking advantage of the middle class through various predatory programs.  The government sits back and lets it all happen.

And we wonder why the middle class is shrinking?  Soon at this rate it will be poor and rich only.
Nov 30, 2013 5:54PM
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If you're going to be poor,....I can't think of a BETTER place on this earth to be poor! 


Our poor people are the fattest poor people on earth and they all have access to free food, free housing, free cell phones, free education, and free medical treatment.  



Did ya ever think that maybe it's all of the "free" stuff that's causing our chronically poor to be,....chronically poor? 

Nov 21, 2013 9:10PM
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I sincerely hope this is not the future for the rest of the U.S. 
Dec 1, 2013 12:00AM
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I have to scratch my head when I see a person come into the place I work and they have no money, no job, no insurance, a full pack of cigarettes, a smart phone and complain that they can't afford a script for antibiotics that cost $4.00. WTF
Nov 22, 2013 1:48PM
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whats the big deal ? there's the rich and there's the poor . the only difference now is the media and entertainment industries have flooded our ideas of what a happy life should be . take out the forty million illegals and that would have some effect on this so called " wealth inequality ". the metro has always had a rich-poor divide . billions of dollars have been poured into our inner cities for almost fifty years yet it remains the same . and where do you think that money came from the poor.... ?  this is the fiftieth anniversary of kennedys assassination and did he not say "ask not what your country can do for you , ask what you can do for your country ". better yet what you can do for yourself .
Nov 30, 2013 7:02PM
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This has happened since the late 90's when companies started hiring consulting firms to maximize profit. They were taught to pay the employees less to do more work and charge the customers more. The gap has been widening ever since.
Nov 30, 2013 4:49PM
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They also need to tell us about the benefits the poor receive for free. Food, education, housing, money, health care. In one state Pennsylvania a women drawing welfare with two children needs to make around $67,000 a year working. No wonder there are so many poor,
Nov 30, 2013 6:38PM
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Yes, it is the planned future by the political and corporate elites.


The issues are many and complex but the two primary reasons are the outsourcing of jobs to 3rd world countries while simultaneously importing millions and million of poor people from third world countries.


This importation of poverty naturally in itself creates huge poverty gaps in many urban areas and further depresses the wages of existing citizens who are not highly educated and trained.for more lucrative  careers.  In short, a lot of janitorial and meatpacking jobs used to be held by lesser trained workers and in many cases the salaries were pretty good, particularly if they had a union.

Now the unions are busted and there are plenty of people from throughout the world who will work for next to nothing as it still beats the cesspool they came from.


Naturally, this will eventually increase the welfare rolls as well.


But again, this is what the political and business elites want and they get it through the best Congress that money can buy.

Nov 30, 2013 6:39PM
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Our welfare deadbeats flock to the financially stable cities who can afford to pay their something for nothing entitlements. Then of course the taxpayers get fed up and you are left with another Detroit.
Nov 30, 2013 4:24PM
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How much of this homelessness and poverty is due to people choosing to do drugs?
Nov 30, 2013 6:55PM
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I knew this was it the future for our children, you can't send the jobs over seas or out of the country

and pay low wages. So no middle class---just the poor and the rich, that's what we have to look forward to. Time to change? or become a slave working 7 days a week to put food on the table and pay the rent--that's if your the lucky ones.

Nov 30, 2013 6:38PM
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The United States of America is the greatest nation ever to exist on the planet Earth.  Capitalism,

free enterprise, allows us the highest standard of living of all systems.  But there are some who envy the movers and shakers for their bigger bank accounts.  They want and demand equal outcome on all things.   They want to sit on their duffs all the time and do nothing demanding the government take care of their every want.  They criticize the workers who are making their entitlements possible.  They complain about the lack of jobs when we have a potus who encourages outsiders to move here illegally and take up the jobs.   Then another contributing factor is the history of free sex which spawned hundreds of thousands of unwed mothers with offspring born out of wedlock who are confused about

the meaning of Father's Day.  Many Mothers have to work to help make ends meet even if they have a husband.   Government has to set up social worker offices to do what parents and family did as a matter of course up until around 1960.   Family used to do the things we now are taxed for. 

It's the "Me" generation.  "I wanna be me."  To hell with responsibility. I want my own home, my luxury car my swimming pool and EBT food because entitlements say I deserve it.   And then we wonder why we are taxed so highly.   It's because of those in society who multiply like rats, roaches and fleas.   No apologies.  I'm not part of the problem; I live the old fashioned way.   I've earned my keep.    God Bless America and the unselfish folks who gave us the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.   And curses on those who attempt to destroy the great Legacy. 

Nov 30, 2013 4:14PM
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Nothing new here.The elites across the globe AND ABROAD have been doing this for decades to the middle class.Its much more evident as of recent times(last 10years) due to how much the foreign interests have gobbled up america.Why do you think they want a DUMBED DOWN and UNARMED populance?They want us ,(middle class) destroyed so they can develop a fiefdom.They already have the liberals and minorities guzzling the kool-aid.There are many DANGEROUS people in congress and lobbying and they know how to feed the kool-aid to the dumbed down sheeple via LIBERAL media.Be prepared folks or get ready to perish because the ship ain't hit the fan yet...just wait! 
Nov 30, 2013 9:18PM
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Before Reagan there was a thriving middle class. Most of you are too young to remember. With a high school education I was making $15 p h as a carpenter in 1980 and supporting a wife and baby. That's the going rate today. After Reagan killed the unions wages have stagnated. All you who keep voting for the corporatists ( almost all the Repubs and at least half the Dems) are voting against your own self interests. Stop looking down, this stuff starts at the top. We must band together and demand higher wages. Now even people with college educations are lucky to get $15 p h. It will only get worse if we fight amongst ourselves. It not about race or color or religion. And if you think people would rather live off welfare than have a good job, why not do it yourself? Because you don't get squat and you live in poverty. Nobody wants that.
Nov 22, 2013 1:02PM
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Wally;It`s more than just choice.Wages and benefits are FAR lower in `right to work` states.

Companies are sitting on record profits and cash these days,so don`t cry a river for companies.

In the real world it`s all about company greed.Without unions the going rate for jobs would be $2

an hour.

Nov 30, 2013 5:27PM
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Well, one image is shattered. Outside of Florida, only one southern city is in the top five in disparity of income.  Only one.  And as we all know, most of Florida is from the North.  

America has lost approximately 10% of its middle class in the past 40 years.  Welcome to the turn of the 20th Century and the Gilded Age.  It is the dawn (again) of big business and opulence.  This is what happens when the unions are outlawed and workers are paid paltry sums.  
Nov 21, 2013 11:45PM
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This is the future!   What was is past!
Nov 23, 2013 12:14PM
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Wolphi.  More lessons from business 101?   I do not know anyone with bucks who did as you say.  If you did, you would be broke.   You make the connections.   They are not "friends" they are business associates.   Never never do you forget about self interest and who is number one.   All successful companies and individuals in business operate on self interest.  That is Capitalism.    That does not mean you must be a dishonest crook but it means you always take care of number one first.  If you cannot accept that, then do not get into business.   If being a bleeding heart was the name of the game, then McDonalds and the rest would not be paying their workers near minimum wage.   If you are being paid 20 bucks per hour, you will continue to be paid that amount as long as you are producing for the company or your boss.   Stop and out the door you go.   Your boss is not interested in your family problems, your grandmother or when you plan to go back to Ireland.   He or she want you to make money for he or she or for the company.    The more money the better.   Also, never count on those individuals or companies to be ethical.  Some may be but not all.    Oil companies are notorious for sticking it to people on contracts.   You make a contract with the company but really not the company but a sub out of the Cayman Islands.    Then guess what? The sub goes bankrupt and you are stuck not getting a dime in royalties.   There are all kinds of business scams on the internet and you had better hang onto your money.   When you sign that franchise contract for that burger joint, you had better hire your attorney to read every word and not depend upon the honesty of the company.    I personally think Capitalism is the best economic system there is and I made myself a few bucks using it but I never fell under this "How wonderful and fair it is"  It is not necessarily honest and not fair.  
Nov 22, 2013 9:50AM
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I guess you would have to define success ?

If you throw all the money into one big pot and only the

most successful come out with the money that would

define true success . If the game is rigged and money has been passed down through generations it isn't success it is just pure luck . There are very few people in this world

with money that did it on their own .

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