5 countries with the widest wealth gaps

These nations have the largest income inequality between their richest and poorest citizens. And yes, the U.S. makes the list.

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May 28, 2014 12:33AM
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A recent scientific study was done by Princeton University and Northwestern University, to determine what kind of government the United States operates as (google it:  "US is an Oligarchy").  They determined that the United States is an oligarchy, NOT a democracy.....  meaning: a small group of very wealthy people are effectively governing the entire country.....  This is, of course, no surprise to the American people.
May 27, 2014 11:42PM
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In 1972 minimum wage was $1.25 per hour, an average laborer made $2 per hour, an entry level engineer made $10,000 per year, and a CEO made $500,000 per year.  Today minimum wage is $6.25 per hour, an average laborer makes $12 per hour, an entry level engineer makes $75,000 per year and a CEO makes $20,000,000 per year. Minimum wage went up by a factor of 5, the laborer"s wage went up by a factor of 6, the engineer's salary went up by a factor of 7.5 and the CEO's salary went up by a factor of 40.  Can you see where the problem is?
May 27, 2014 8:31PM
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Any manmade system can be gamed and manipulated by one group to take advantage of another, and that is exactly what is happening to the money systems all around the world. 

May 27, 2014 6:56PM
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The common thread here is that all these countries have a very strong anti union, anti minimum wage parties that favor business profits over human development. Those who have obtained great wealth, now want to kick the ladder out from under all those that follow and suppress the up ward mobility of hard working entrepreneurs. Just try and grow corn with out Monsanto's blessing or raise chickens in Arkansas with out following Tyson's strict guide lines. The free market is slipping away and we're becoming a Oligarchy Empire.
May 28, 2014 4:54AM
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Lets see Wal-Mart has profited more and more for the last decade. They make almost 500 billion a year in profits. Yet they pay less then most smaller stores. Anyone else see a problem with this? Company makes 36 million an hour yet can't pay over minimum wage, really?
 Its sad that Americans are such cowards that they can't stand up to this kind of greedy business practice.

Jun 4, 2014 6:12AM
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Let's face the facts, Reagan's "trickle Down" ain't trickling!
 The Right loves to bring up the famous Margaret Thatcher quote "The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." It's a valid point for sure, but there's a similar quote, also very insightful, that you won't ever hear the right mention. It goes --- "The trouble with socialism IS socialism, but the trouble with capitalism is CAPITALISTS." In order for capitalism to work for everyone, the capitalists that are reaping the biggest benefits need to be MORAL, altruistic people. Some are, but in my opinion, alot aren't. Greed seems to have taken over. If the right wants any credibility with me they better start mentioning the immorality of some super rich individuals and corporations who seem to be insatiable. They've got lobbyists at their side rigging the game, hiding money offshore to avoid taxation, stealing the working stiffs pension fund money, taking away his benefits, and sending American jobs overseas, all while claiming to be job creators! I'm watching the "Forbes Magazine 400" list of billionaires get longer and wealthier each year while my working class butt slips backwards. 
May 27, 2014 8:55PM
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we let illegal's in they do roofing, dry walling, and pretty much the whole house and they work for much less money, this used to be good paying jobs for American people, contractors are getting rich and American workers are on unemployment, this is your wealth gap

May 27, 2014 8:55PM
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Unions are not all bad. There was a reason they were formed and that reason has not totally gone away. OSHA helped with some of the issues, but the Republicans would get rid of OSHA. Unions just got out of hand, but they do a necessary service for safety, etc. in the workplace. Now you are going to tell us that the businessmen are no longer greedy and will consider their employee's as top priority?  Really?
May 27, 2014 9:50PM
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Well, when the media and public are hounding the fast food industry to create middle class incomes, because all of the historical middle income jobs are now over seas, what the hell would you expect the income gap to do?
Jun 4, 2014 6:22AM
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now we're on a list with israel, turkey, mexico and chile...who says corporate america hasn't declared all out war on it's employees and everyone else in their path?...this country's rich must be so proud of themselves
Jun 4, 2014 4:32AM
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Many are not at all surprised to see the United States on this list.

May 27, 2014 8:49PM
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 You're not going to tell me skills don't matter because this is what all uneducated retards want us to believe. -----So, how are you  with teachers making 36,000 a year with a masters and extra highly qualified certifications? Do you think that is a lot and that education does not cost? Also teachers do not 
make 200 an hour....Not sure everyone that is well educated will make it either now days.
Jun 4, 2014 7:42AM
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Beware of the rich man that says that they want to redistribute wealth. What they really want is to redistribute power into their hands which is way more important and harder to gain than wealth.

The man that holds control of the means to gain and hold wealth is more dangerous than the man that gains controls the actual wealth.

Democratic leadership, I'm looking straight at you.

May 28, 2014 1:52PM
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So, income inequality is greater in Mexico than in the U.S. No wonder we have so much illegal immigration! How foolish I was to think Mexicans have been coming here because of the greater opportunities.
Jun 4, 2014 4:12AM
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This article is of no surprise to me or many others who haven't fallen for the propaganda corporate America lays out heavily. The greedy rich and it's ignorant followers.
May 28, 2014 3:06AM
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I am not sure if income equality really means anything at all.   It is a really about standard of living.  I would think the standard of living for the average person in the U.S. is pretty good.   How does the U.S. and Israel stack up to the rest of the world in that regard?  I would curious to see those numbers.   The inequality in the U.S. may well be a reflection of the greatness in the U.S. as people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs built giant companies off new ideas and new industries.  Those companies created tremendous wealth for those two men and others who were in anywhere near the ground floor of their creation.  Wealth is not generally created by wages it is created by the increasing value of assets.  I own APPLE stock.  I am happy to say at his moment it made me wealthier but if you are comparing my wealth to Steve Jobs then I look poor, and the system seems unfair.  But I am happy with what Jobs has done for my own personal wealth, even though it did far more for his.  I don't care if he is better off because I am too.   The U.S. system has created a lot of wealth for many people.  That is the idea of the free market system. 
Jun 4, 2014 5:17AM
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where is China???? China should be on the top of this list. 
Jun 4, 2014 6:15AM
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We need a 5,000% tariff on goods and services that come from slave wage places with poor work & environmental conditions like China.

Minimum wages would then be pointless because you could use the tariff revenue as a tax credit to those not earning a living wage.

Sorry if I'm making more sense than the useless globalist politicians who would like the scrap the American middle class and the Constitution.
Jun 4, 2014 8:46AM
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Our government is what we need to do something about . They take and take and the people get poor sick and don't know what to do. The crooks in the white house need to go or things will get a lot worse. our government is full of bad people that make a living getting rich off the hard working Americans. Their the ones that start wars for money, Their the ones that take the food off the table money out of are schools jobs and the real American way . So tell me who are these people and are they true Americans?  They live like royalty now days and tell us we can live on their left overs. My father and his did not go to war to make these crooks rich or give are country to a people that have a country of their own just so the rich can get richer . Are government is out to take it all be for long, So if you love your family friends, Then its time to do something.    
Jun 4, 2014 11:56AM
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If everyone is poor, there is no income gap.  A country with economic mobility will have income gaps.  Being poor in the U.S. (cell phone, air conditioning, cable TV, car, food, roof) is far better than most of the world lives.
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