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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Jun 12, 2014 4:22PM
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of course mexico doesnt spend on social services..why should they, they just throw their poor and uneducated to the U.S. and like a sucker, we take them in
Jun 12, 2014 4:15PM
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We are an oligarchy, this country just exist for a few wealthy individuals and to serve their interest and need. Wall Street, International Bankers and Corporations own government and the news media. It will be a dangerous time when we lose the middle class, the have's and the have not's generally butt heads over time. I guess that is why they keep extending the patriot act and homeland security. That is set up more to protect the elite from the masses come crunch time.
Jun 12, 2014 4:16PM
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Sadly, this problem is only to get worse for Americans if we allow it to continue on this path. In November it will be time for a new kind CHANGE.
Jun 12, 2014 4:37PM
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Until the government stops trying to control every aspect of everyone's daily lives, and starts doing what they are supposed to do, put more people back to work, and bring OUR jobs home, let the other nations worry about their "democratically controlled population,"  things are just going to get worse.

There is no problem in helping those who need it, but they must be citizens of this nation, and they must be trying to better themselves, by their efforts, not the general taxpaying population.

This nation has never been as divided, since the Civil War, as it is right now.  When are we going to learn slavery is not a problem in this country, other than in the minds of those trying to make money off it, (and succeeding quite well.)  We are ALL Americans, first and foremost, and need to work TOGETHER to solve our problems, and that means the big shots trying to control our thought processes need to get off their high horses and start working with the "middle class" again.

Their businesses are going to suffer when the average America can no longer afford the products these companies produce.

Jun 12, 2014 4:20PM
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Watched an interview with Hillary the other day and she is 'still' blaming the problems on Bush.  When does the blame game stop, Bush has been out of office 5 1/2 years yet still getting blamed.   Bush started it and Obummer has made it worse.  Now Hillary is trying to identify with the hard working class American saying she and her husband were 'dead broke' when they left the whitehouse.  She is not and never will be like any average American.
Jun 12, 2014 4:00PM
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Thanks for the Hope and Change .....That  really worked out for us.
Jun 12, 2014 5:14PM
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This whole article doesn't make sense. Where does it show the wage gap between the rich and poor. Wages have not increase for middle and lower class for more than 15 years in the US. While exec pay has sky rocketed. We will be Mexico within 10 years at this rate. Everybody needs to be very very worried about this. In Mexico there are 2 classes, $hit poor and extremely wealthy, that folks is exactly where we are headed. And guess what, you won't be one of the wealthy.
Jun 12, 2014 5:17PM
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Give it a couple more years and America will be Number One.
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This illustrates why the lazy stay poor in the United States. We throw money at every problem and they only get worse! Time to check yourself if you're unhappy with your situation.
Jun 12, 2014 4:30PM
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When Obama is finished the U.S. will have lowest disparity between rich and poor of any nation on earth. Everyone will be poor.
Jun 12, 2014 4:37PM
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When everyone is poor there is not much gap in wealth.
Jun 12, 2014 5:48PM
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It makes sense because all the selections put there rich first. Wall street is untouchable.
Jun 12, 2014 5:50PM
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Clinton Quote ""Bill and I are for the little guy""  

I cannot help it that we make $12,000,000.00 a year !         LOL
Jun 12, 2014 6:40PM
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Unfortunately for rank and file workers in most blue collar jobs,  they now must be willing to accept the wages and working conditions of the lowest common denominator:  illegals and barely legal immigrants. That's the purpose of the steady increase in H1B work visas too.  Pay educated foreigners half the going rate until that IS the going rate.
On the other hand,  it keeps at least a few of the jobs her that would have otherwise already gone offshore.

Jun 12, 2014 4:52PM
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One thing to keep in mind is that you can never have less than zero, therefore all countries have exactly the same bottom. Therefore, income inequality is defined solely by the number of rich people and how much many they have. The poor can never get poorer, but the rich can get richer. The countries with the lowest income inequality are the countries without any rich people. That's not necessarily an ideal worth striving for. I like living in a country with a lot of rich people, even though I am not one. At least I have a shot at it.
Jun 12, 2014 6:55PM
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This started in the 80's.  Reagan really destroyed the unions.  Clinton helped with all the free trade and was completely supported by republican party.  Retirement and healthcare was part of a package deal with employers.  Bush goal was to have us a country of ownership.  He wanted us to own our own retirement and health insurance taking it off the plates of companies.  He also wanted to take social security and have people put that money into the stock marker and have big banks and investment companies get an easy 1 to 2 percent of this money in fees.  This is what happens when workers have no rights and u compete with the lowest countries wages.  We allow the biggest companies to have so much power and buy the best government.  This has been going on for a long time.  It is both parties fault.  We need to stop blaming the right and the left and figure out what to do.  America can not be a country of service jobs.  We also have to realize that you not always buy the cheapest product.  We have sent trillions of dollars to China to buy something for a dollar less.  Every product and service should have priced into it health care and retirement and a wage that people can live on.  Part of that will come out our pocket when u buy something and part will come out of the companies profit.  Also we need to educate the population and need to make children and families accountable for the students learning and not blame the school.  If a student does not have the brains for college training should be given to enter the workforce.  We send so much on education to keep students in school that have no potential of even finishing school.  We pay for full time aids for children support but not school.  
Jun 12, 2014 4:27PM
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Hard to believe Brazil didn't make the list.
Jun 12, 2014 4:55PM
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Turkey and Chile, yet no Russia or India? I already am having problems with the methodology. The US probably isn't REALLY in the top 5 (except in this Marxist's mind).
Jun 12, 2014 6:52PM
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House Republicans passed two bills today that would permanently extend tax breaks for corporations... which will cost the US $75 billion over the next 10 years. Oh, and last month they did the same thing, extending another $156 billion in tax breaks. 

How much of this cost did the GOP try to offset for for these tax breaks????? ZERO!!!! 

Doesn't the GOP say that we are facing a debt crisis? Doesn't the budget deficit matter to these people? I guess not when it comes to giving big business a break. On the other hand, when it comes to the people of this country... well you know the story.  

Actions speak louder than words. And the gap gets wider. 
Jun 12, 2014 6:07PM
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The middleclass was built on the backs of hard working union labor, it's a fact that no nation can have a middleclass without strong support for workers rights and organized unions. This is why the poverty rates are the highest in the anti labor red states where Republicans would outlaw unions if they could, just like in the Soviet Union. Until we stop playing into the hands of the corporate elite and stop voting GOP, poverty and disparity will just continue to increase.
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