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Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

| June 27, 2014 | 363 Comments
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There’s a huge and growing gap between the richest Americans and just about everyone else. Why (or why not) do you think income inequality is a problem in our society? What does it look like in your community? What is the spectrum of jobs and class?

Introduction

Several years have passed since Occupy Wall Street protests flared up throughout the country, and although the issue has largely faded from national debate, the degree of income inequality that sparked the movement remains rampant.

This movement began in 2011 where protesters around the world demanded an end to what they describe as corporate greed and bank bailouts while ordinary people lose their homes, with no subsidy to rescue them.

Since then, these protests have died down, but little has changed. A disproportionate share of the nation’s income is now being amassed by just a tiny sliver of the population, creating a huge economic divide between the few have’s and the many have-not’s. But it wasn’t always this way. Find out what happened in this illustrated infographic on The Lowdown

Resource

PBS NewsHour video Land of the Free, Home of the Poor
Financial gains over the last decade in the United States have been mostly made at the “tippy-top” of the economic food chain as more people fall out of the middle class. The top 20 percent of Americans now holds 84 percent of U.S. wealth, as Paul Solman found out as part of a Making Sen$e series on economic inequality.


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Tuva Labs datasets The Rising Income Inequality in the US
The long-term trend over the last few decades has been toward increasing income inequality. The wage distribution has become considerably more unequal, with workers at the top experiencing real wage gains and those at the bottom real wage losses. These changes reflect relative shifts in demand for labor differentiated on the basis of education and skill.

New York Times newsgraphic Mapping Poverty in America
Data from the Census Bureau show where the poor live.

Huff Post infographic One Chart That Shows America’s Mind-Blowing Income Gap
Occupy Wall Street is all but gone, while income inequality appears here to stay. Such is life in the United States of America, where the divide between rich and poor can sometimes feel like one of the country’s only true constants.


This Do Now prompt was originally posted on April 25, 2014.

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  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I think that inequality is a problem in our society because we have certain people that don’t have the skills that it takes to have the jobs that pay a lot. The people that have the best skills get to have the best jobs and those jobs pay the most. The people that have the bad skills have the bad jobs and don’t pay much and these people are typically the ones who are below the poverty level. The reason they are below the poverty level is because they don’t get payed much, then they have to use the majority of the money they earned to pay for taxes. The money leftover is typically spent on personal needs like food and clothing. They usually don’t have enough money to pay for houses. According to the New York Times Poverty Map, the percentage of people in my community that are below poverty is 2.2%. The number of people that is equivalent to that is 123 people.
    http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

  • Brent_L_Per1

    I think that income inequality is a problem in our society. Wealthy people have an advantage in politics and in the legal system due to the vast amount of money they have. A rich person can pay for political power or legal immunity while a poor person has almost no political power and only access to a free lawyer. And while it is nice that everyone has the right to lawyer it seems unfair that a wealthy person can have such a huge advantage in a legal situation. I live in a middle class community with a fairly low poverty rate of 2.2% according to the New York Times poverty map. Jobs here can range from minimum wage jobs at fast food restaurants to high paying jobs like a doctor. Many middle class working people in my community either drive everyday to go work in another town or work from home. Not many middle class jobs are offered in the city itself.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I think that inequality is a problem in our society because we have certain people that don’t have the skills that it takes to have the jobs that pay a lot. The people that have the best skills get to have the best jobs and those jobs pay the most. The people that have the bad skills have the bad jobs and don’t pay much and these people are typically the ones who are below the poverty level. The reason they are below the poverty level is because they don’t get payed much, then they have to use the majority of the money they earned to pay for taxes. The money leftover is typically spent on personal needs like food and clothing. They usually don’t have enough money to pay for houses. According to the New York Times Poverty Map, the percentage of people in my community that are below poverty is 2.2%. The number of people that is equivalent to that is 123 people.

    http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    The inequality of income is major issue that has always happened, but the gap that is currently happening is something to be worried about. For the reason of outsourcing and globalization, income for high earners has increased while low income earners were earning less. This is a major issue which has actually increased poverty rates. Areas such as New York where there exist dozens of both low income and high income jobs are a great example of the huge gap between those who earn high and those who earn low as seen in the images below. In the lower area of New York, more than half of earners are living in poverty but right next to it is a much lower concentration of poverty.
    Is it any coincidence that the area with low poverty is the financial district of New York and that the high poverty area is an area more concentrated with low income workers?

    In this day and age, high income equals lower poverty and more wealth while low income equals high poverty and low wealth. Income inequality does exist and it does affect those that are just trying to get by. It’s a problem.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe that inequality is a problem in our society, because there is people who don’t have job, or good jobs that pay well. Wealthy have the advantage of not having to worry about poverty. They don’t notice there poor people who need money to survive. According to the New York Times Poverty Map, the percentage of people in our community that are below poverty is 2.2%. The number of people that
    is equivalent to that is 123 people. The reason they are below the poverty level is because those people don’t get payed much. Plus even when they get money they use it to cover their taxes and bills. More people spend more money, than they earn. Which ends up making them poor, and not able to buy things they need to survive like a house. I feel that only way to help this poverty level go down is, to make sure those people get better jobs. They need to also spend their money more wisely. According to this website https://www.megaessays.com/essay_search/suburb_middle_class.htm “Coppell is an upper-middle class.”
    New York Times Poverty Map: http://www.nytimes.com/subscriptions/Multiproduct/lp5558.html?campaignId=3F3FH&siteID=UO85MF6im_8-KiIYMlQzVfKvd2kTxge8ew

  • Guest

    Throughout history, we have struggled with inequality. We have put others down, for not being “as good as we are” and personally, I am very sick of it. Having a good paying job, a huge home, or enough money to go buy really fancy things on a whim just comes naturally to the people of the town, Coppell Texas. But what we don’t realize is that not everyone can do that like we can. Not everyone is as financially stable as we are, and don’t have as much “fun money” as we might have. In the image attached below, it shows the poverty rate and the poor population in my small town of Coppell. As you can see it is way lower then it would be if you lived in say Arlington Texas (information also attached below). For me, I have lived on both sides of the coin. Having moved from poverty into the wealthier portion of society, I have seen firsthand the inequality that people face. It isn’t fair to some because some of the hardworking people who could do great in a higher field of work but cant due to their financial stability. Seems like these days how much you make defines you, and that isn’t right.

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    Throughout history, we have struggled with inequality. We have put others down, for not being “as good as we are” and personally, I am very sick of it. Having a good paying job, a huge home, or enough money to go buy really fancy things on a whim just comes naturally to the people of the town, Coppell Texas. But what we don’t realize is that not everyone can do that like we can. Not everyone is as financially stable as we are, and don’t have as much “fun money” as we might have. In the image attached below, it shows the poverty rate and the poor population in my small town of Coppell. As you can see it is way lower then it would be if you lived in say Arlington Texas (information also attached below). For me, I have lived on both sides of the coin. Having moved from poverty into the wealthier portion of society, I have seen firsthand the inequality that people face. It isn’t fair to some because some of the hardworking people who could do great in a higher field of work but cant due to their financial stability. Seems like these days how much you make, how you dress, or what you do for a living defines you. It sickens me, we need to put a stop to this as soon as possible.

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    I think that inequality is something that needs to be fixed. If one person were to have all the money in the world, what would happen to the others? There has to be a balance of money distributed or the economy will come to ruins. In this info graphic it shows that 9 out of 10,000 people have average income that is about 1% of the world that is actually average. This tells that if we were to continue this, more and more people will be under average. This is obviously not a small problem, because everywhere in the world, this topic has been mentioned. President Obama says “A dangerous and growing inequality… has jeopardized middle- class America’s basic bargain that if you worked hard, you wold have the chance to get ahead. I believe this is the defining challenge of our time”. If income in a certain place is low and a few people are in a certain county, then taxes would over run. If we could just find a solution, and everyone put a little bit of effort, perhaps we can solve this problem.

    http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/income-distribution-visualizing-economics_n_3044892.html

  • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

    The gap between the rich people and all the others is unbelievably large. This is an issue because, there are people in this world that are struggling to stay alive because they are poor, and there are people who have large amounts of money that they sometimes don’t know what to do with. In this interactive map, (http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia) where I live, Coppell, our poverty rate is 2.2% while Dallas has a poverty rate of about 30.4%. This is a factor that plays into low income. How big the city is and the living rates of that city. The living rate in Coppell is obviously much smaller than Dallas and this is one cause of why we have a lower poverty rate. The rich people have the skills to have a job that pays a lot of money while some of the poor people don’t have those skills so it is hard for them to even get a job. This is a big issue because these people in poverty deserve to have those high paying jobs, but they never gained those skills because of how poor they are.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    Inequality is not a problem in our society or at least it shouldn’t be a concern. You get the right amount of pay for the job you do. If your a fortune 500 CEO than the amount of money they receive is what they get. If your a custodian than you get what the boss thinks is a good amount of pay for you. People complain a lot about the 1% and for economic equality. Sounds a lot like communism and how we need to be equal even if we don’t do our portion of work. The people who work harder at their jobs deserve higher pay and higher ranking. People blaming the boss when they just sat around and fraternized instead of working. In Coppell the range of jobs could go from owning a big business of district of one and being a warehouse or housing worker or builder. People who are at the bottom of the spectrum are people who didn’t work hark and couldn’t get any better. Or they are people who don’t try hard and work. New York’s financial district has a lower poverty than the housing or bronx districts because more hardworking people and good jobs in the financial district. Bill Gates classifies as the “1%” but he started the company Microsoft from scratch and runs the company, its facilities and the amount of money required to run the whole thing. Inequality is something that makes sense. Not everyone could own apple and make billions of billions in profits each year but more likely will work in a cubicle of an office. People need to work hard instead of complaining that the person with no school or job experience makes less than a man with a bachelor degree and working in as a realtor. They worked harder and did better so they should get a higher reward than a custodian who didn’t finish elementary school.

    • Elizabeth

      I agreed with all the points you stated up until the end. I have family members who did finish college, but they had to work as a custodian to better provide for their families..due to the fact that there were no jobs available for them at that time. Such as, a realtor and a custodian, they both work hard, but it’s just the realtor has a more higher paying job. I disagree that they worked harder and did better, because there should be no comparison on who is “more hard-working” because a majority of jobs you will see/experience are based on the foundation of hard work.

      • Kyle_C_3boydbence

        Well, all the points you brought up some valid points but for people who didn’t finish college still can get better jobs than custodians. It is not like oh you didn’t finish college so now you are a custodian. You still have the high school degree and can get jobs just from that alone. We can get better jobs because we don’t have a fixed economy, which that means you can move up in social status and not have to be a pesant your whole life you can become something better.

      • CJ_Bute2boydbence

        I disagree with you Elizabeth, that this is not a problem. It is huge problem because according to the map below, most of the United States country’s poverty rate is either 10%-13.9%, 14%-16 .9%, or 17% and up. Which shows that poverty is a huge problem in our world. So many people have no shelter, food, clothes, shoes, etc.. Because they are in debt and they are not able to pay the taxes. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS NATION, AND HELP OUR FELLOW PEOPLE SURVIVE!!

    • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech DanaeBoyd_Global_Issues

      Here is a link to some actual facts, perhaps you would like to look at it.

      Column Schedule 51 is for custodians in CISD, the steps represent the years of services and the amounts are the hourly rate, paid every 2 weeks.

      http://www.coppellisd.com/cms/lib07/TX01000550/Centricity/Domain/2158//2013-14/schedule51_53CN.pdf

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    Income inequality is definitely a big problem in today’s society. Many people are struggling to make ends meet The upper class have more benefits and advantages than the middle class and the lower class. Everyone has different talents, skills, etc and that factors into getting a low-paying or high-paying jobs. Some people might have jobs that pay fairly well, but they have to pay for food, utilities, clothes, etc, so they fall below the poverty level, which is very sad. According to the New York Times Poverty Map, my community’s poverty line is 2.2 %, and the surrounding cities, such as Dallas, have higher poverty rates. Coppell is a small city and is a middle-class working community, so that also plays into the fact that the poverty rate is lower. Income inequality is still an issue in the world, especially in the United States.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    According to the NPR segment, “What Do Americans Think About Income Inequality?“ “SIEGEL: Now, to what extent do Americans say that income inequality, which so many say exists, is something that the government should do something about? DIMOCK: That’s where the rub comes in. A majority of Americans want this issue to be addressed. Sixty-nine percent said the government should do at least something about inequality in this country.” While my immediate community may not reflect this as much, as it has about a 2.2% poverty rate and 123 people considered “poor”, according to The New York Times Poverty Mapping. Because of this, most of the people have middle class careers. For instance, my dad owns Sport Clips stores, and my friends parents work for a security company, and my other friends dad is an IT manager, this may be one of the reasons the poverty rate is lower than some surrounding areas. While we, in Coppell, are lucky enough to have these circumstances, many others are not. In the state of Texas there is a large income gap, and it’s only becoming more visible.
    As said in “Star-Telegram”, “Texas ranks fifth in income inequality among states…Texas trails only New York, Connecticut, Florida and California, according to his data from 2011.” This gap between rich and the poor, not only in Texas, but in the United States, keeps getting larger, and we need to put a stop to that. It is effecting the majority of the country, even people who have a good education, and once had a good job. For example, in the PBS Newshour segment, Denise Barrant is a lady who lives in Boston. She has a college degree, some masters level courses, and a paralegal certificate. She once worked for a health insurance company, where she got paid $80,000 a year, and had a part time job “for fun” selling clothes at Talbots, but is now unemployed and slipping down into poverty. This is not only the case for her but for many others in this current economy.
    Overall, income inequality is a major issue in our country, and is only getting larger. We need to find a way to patch up the gap and to form a more economically equal nation. While you, and your community may not be heavily affected, the problem is still out there, and it’s our job to do something about it.

    Resources:

    http://www.npr.org/2014/01/23/265358297/what-do-americans-think-about-income-inequality

    http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/01/28/5521495/a-growing-divide-between-rich.html

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I am a very privileged kid, I live in a city where only 2.2% people live at or below poverty line. However, in a neighboring city the poverty rate is 17.5% (found on http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia ) So income inequality isn’t as much of a problem where I live but it is a huge problem for many other people. There are cities where over 40% of people live in poverty, that is a serious problem. Income inequality causes these poverty rates to rise. Where I live people typically work in safe or even luxury style spaces. People living in other areas aren’t always so lucky. Income inequality needs to be fixed.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    According to the NPR segment, “What Do Americans Think About Income Inequality?“ “SIEGEL: Now, to what extent do Americans say that income inequality, which so many say exists, is something that the government should do something about? DIMOCK: That’s where the rub comes in. A majority of Americans want this issue to be addressed. Sixty-nine percent said the government should do at least something about inequality in this country.” While my immediate community may not reflect this as much, as it has about a 2.2% poverty rate and 123 people considered “poor”, according to The New York Times Poverty Mapping. Because of this, most of the people have middle class careers. For instance, my dad owns Sport Clips stores, and my friends parents work for a security company, and my other friends dad is an IT manager, this may be one of the reasons the poverty rate is lower than some surrounding areas. While we, in Coppell, are lucky enough to have these circumstances, many others are not. In the state of Texas there is a large income gap, and it’s only becoming more visible.

    As said in “Star-Telegram”, “Texas ranks fifth in income inequality among states…Texas trails only New York, Connecticut, Florida and California, according to his data from 2011.” This gap between rich and the poor, not only in Texas, but in the United States, keeps getting larger, and we need to put a stop to that. It is effecting the majority of the country, even people who have a good education, and once had a good job. For example, in the PBS Newshour segment, Denise Barrant is a lady who lives in Boston. She has a college degree, some masters level courses, and a paralegal certificate. She once worked for a health insurance company, where she got paid $80,000 a year, and had a part time job “for fun” selling clothes at Talbots, but is now unemployed and slipping down into poverty. This is not only the case for her but for many others in this current economy.

    Overall, income inequality is a major issue in our country, and is only getting larger. We need to find a way to patch up the gap and to form a more economically equal nation. While you, and your community may not be heavily affected, the problem is still out there, and it’s our job to do something about it.

    Resources:

    http://www.npr.org/2014/01/23/265358297/what-do-americans-think-about-income-inequality

    http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/01/28/5521495/a-growing-divide-between-rich.html

  • brian l

    @KQEDedspace the large inequalities between peoples incomes are due to some jobs being difficult and requiring a lot of knowledge and time, but still pays very little #DoNowIncome

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      Yes they do but there was probably a reason they are working in that job it wasn’t like hey now you are going to carry the trash out for the rest of your life. You have to go out and do things so you can be more successful thats why our Forefathers fought for us to have a free economy. So we don’t have to stay in the social class we were born in like they used to be.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      While that may be true, the large gap is also caused by the unequal taxes. According to Robert Reich’s video “Why Taxes Have to be Raised on the Rich”, the rich are paying much less in taxes. For instance, Mitt Romney, with a $20m + income, is paying less than 14% in taxes. But, before 1981, the tax rate was 70% or more, with the rich paying at least 52% and now it is 35%, and most of the very wealthy, like Mitt Romney, pay much less than that.

      These graphs may help you get a better picture of what I am trying to say.
      One of them compares the different classes, while the other one shows you just the middle class.

      Resources:

      http://www.american.com/archive/2007/november-december-magazine-contents/guess-who-really-pays-the-taxes

      http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3151

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that some jobs are more difficult and require more knowledge, but I think more knowledge usually means they have a higher level of education which usually means more pay.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that some jobs are more difficult and require more knowledge, but I think more knowledge usually means they have a higher level of education which usually means more pay. In the video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tjwnMYqaeQ&feature=youtu.be, Bill O’Reilly and John Stossel debate income inequality.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I do not agree with that because what you are talking about is such a small portion of the economy. The much bigger problem to what is going on is that we have a “trickle down economy” ideology but we have a “Middle class outward” base. To explain these economic words trickle down economics is where the top hires people to hire others and the money gradually falls down to the bottom, and the middle class outward ideology is that the top supports the middle and the middle supplies to the bottom making it to where all the money is in constant movement.

      My resources for this was from the studies of Robert Reich and his new documentary of “Inequality for all”

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      I totally agree with you Brain I. because some jobs are difficult and still pay very little. Brain I. said, “@KQEDedspace the large inequalities between peoples incomes are due to some jobs being difficult and requiring a lot of knowledge and time, but still pays very little #DoNowIncome”. Some jobs work all day and might still only walk away at the end of the day with 150$ at the end of the month.

  • ColinB_3BoydBence

    I think that inequality is a problem in our society because we have certain people that don’t have the skills that it takes to have the jobs that pay a lot. The people that have the best skills get to have the best jobs and those jobs pay the most. The people that have the bad skills have the bad jobs and don’t pay much and these people are typically the ones who are below the poverty level. According to the New York Times Map view the people around my community income percentages are about 2.2% overall which is about 123 people in my community that are considered “poor”. I think that these people are considered poor because they can not find a job. They can’t find a Job because most jobs around my area need a college degree or a higher deal of knowledge on the business they are trying to get into. But if the people who need a higher paying job don’t have a higher college level degree then it would give them a lower understanding of what the were doing. This makes these people go into a lower paying job that they could do such as working at a McDonalds or something like that just so they could pay for their taxes.

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    I think that inequality is a huge problem in our society. Statistics show that the top 300 wealthiest in the world have the same amount if wealth as the 3 billion poorest.

    The world’s richest countries have 80 times more wealth than the poorest.

    Richer countries claim to be giving to the poorer countries, but they are actually taking from them. 2 Trillion dollars flows to the rich countries from the poor countries every year.

    This video suggests that we should change laws so that the richer countries help the poorer countries.

    http://youtu.be/WMXD5wxiQNM

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    Income inequality has a big impact in this society because it just matters what kind of job you have, and that shows how much you do in the day. Rich people invest more more and get more in return. There is a lot of poverty where my dad’s business is I go there almost every week and I see at least a dozen people on the street’s that are poor. The poor don’t have anything to build off of so they stay poor. Where my dad’s business is there is a poverty rate of 25.6% and they total population is 1,170.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    I live in Coppell and it is a complete privilege to be living here. Here there is only a 2.2 percent were people are in poverty. (http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia) Because if you look into this site you will notice that like Lewisville, Flower Mound, grapevine, etc. They all have their poverty line above 14 percent. So for that i am so thankful. I think income inequality is a little problem I mean I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but don’t get me wrong about saying that it’s not a dramatic problem. I mean not everyone is going to have the same job and payment as the other so there is going to me some difference in income, just work harder or something if you really want equality in your city. In my city we have high class and mid-class neiborhoods so they work very hard and they probably got into a high end college.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      But working hard does not mean you get a higher wage, and many people who are born into a lower class family can not move up due to the disparity in income keeps them form going to good colleges and good schools, no matter how hard they work or study they may never get payed nearly as much as some people who don’t work half as hard as people who don’t get payed half as much. Effort does not have much to do with income, at least not nearly as much as it should, so don’t go blaming people for situations that they can’t control(although in more than a few cases it can be a lack of effort on part of some people that causes them to be below the poverty line).

  • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

    Before we get started I am going to mention that my view is biased. I say this because My family is on the lower end of my community.

    To the point of the economy and the
    state it’s in. My view is that the people should have to give a larger portion
    to the government and for that money to be placed at the bottom. The economist
    Robert Reich said on PBS that the main problem was “the lack of good education
    in poor places”. By this he was talking about because the education in are
    lower income places is bad the kids never kid out of the income they were born
    into. This making a new form of cast system in witch the poor stay poor and the
    rich stay rich.

    This is a very close topic for me
    at heart. When I was 6 my dad asked “Would you like to pay a million dollars on
    your taxes?” It was an easy answer for me I said “no.” He went on to explain
    that if I were to have to pay a million dollars I would have had to make a
    percentage ore then that. Because of that I went into economics and it became I
    long love of my life. The general concepts of economics are the same as
    monopoly, And that being buy, sell, and profit. Which is impossible for
    everyone to have this being because to profit you have to make money of someone.
    The way we fix this is that we do as I said earlier and move more money from
    the top to the bottom.

    The recources I used were http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/whats-the-state-of-economic-inequality-in-america/
    and http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    I’m very fortunate to live in a city in which there are a decent amount of job opportunities and a low percentage of individuals below the poverty line. According to the New York Times poverty map, Coppell has a percentage of 2.2%. This statistic is more appreciated when compared to other cities close to Coppell. For example, small neighborhoods in cities such as Irving have poverty rates of up to 50%.

    Source: http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    Im glad I live in a city where the poverty rate is very low. Coppell has a percentage of 2.2%. This is crazy because some cities around coppell have a poverty rate up to 50%.

    http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    Income inequality isn’t that big of a deal where I live. The poverty rate here in Coppell is only 2.2% and that is 123people(this coming fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia). But in communities around Coppell it is much worse, take Lewisville for example. The poverty rate up there is a lot higher than here, they go as high as 26.2% which is 794people. So not only does it affect how you live, but it also puts you in a class. You have your upperclass which is the very privileged, middle class which is most, then comes your lower class which is made up of the people who are below the poverty line. In Coppell most people are considered either middle class or upper class. So the poverty rate being 2.2% is reasonable, but that should change to zero. People in other areas aren’t so lucky. This needed to be fixed to where there is fixed.

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    There is no wonder why this topic is so heated. There are reasons for both sides of income inequality. For example, a family member without skills may be paid more than a non-family member with skills in a job. Or someone with connections to the boss may get special privileges and extra pay. I definitely don’t think that everyone should be paid exactly the same when there is people that work way harder than others. People should be paid based on the quality of work they do. I understand points from both sides of the spectrum. Over all I think that there should be income equality to a point. People should have fair advantages and opportunities to get a job and be paid according to their work but everyone should not be paid the same. This non-biased video gives more information about the issue of income mobility and inequality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44LHBViTZI0&feature=youtu.be

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    Income equality isn’t that much big of a deal where I live. In Coppell the poverty rate is 2.2% and that is 123 people. The people who live in Coppell are considered middle or upper class, but if we look at the different cities that are around Coppell we can see that the poverty rate is way much higher, take Grapevine for example the poverty percent they have is 16.9% and that is 974 people out of their population, that may not be a lot but it really is. The poverty rate a city has reflects on how many people are working under minimum wage or not even working at all. We also have to consider that some cities can be really small and have a very high poverty rate so as a nation people should pay more attention to those small details.

    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia)

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    Income inequality is much more of a problem in places outside of where I live according to the NYTPM 2.2% overall (123 people) are in poverty in my home city of Coppell TX. While other places near me such as Grape Vine has a poverty rate of 16.9% (974 people) of their population. Which is a lot of people to be in poverty. I think the reason that this is happening isn’t just due to government choices and/or corrupt bosses but it can also be a result of poor teaching. Some schools can hold the attention and educate children, because school is boring and uninteresting to a lot of children that in turn can result in bad grades which can mess up their future. Some of these school could be like this due to lack of funding and even bad teachers.

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    Income inequality is a very big issue in this country, much bigger than most people realize. Economic issues like these snowball dramatically over time and get worse and worse until there isn’t much to do about it. Many people are saying that the reason that somer people are poor is because they don’t work as hard and because of that they don’t make as much money, but in many(but not all) cases that could not be farther than the truth. Often times higher paying jobs require college degrees to get, and college is NOT cheap, for a public college it is about 22,826 dollars a year, and 44,750 for a private one according to https://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064. The poverty line for a family of four is 23,850 dollars a year, meaning for one of these families they would have to spend about a thousand dollars a year, nowhere near enough to live off of. And one of these degrees would probably get you a middle class job, not enough to put them in the category of “rich”, yet someone born into a middle/ upper class family could get into one of these colleges or one much nicer than these just because they can pay the tuition, so they can make more money just by being lucky, not harder working(i’m not saying all upper/middle class people are lazy). I am very lucky to have been born in the county that i live in where the percent of people is only 2.2%, or 123 people. This in itself is very low and i was lucky enough to be born into a upper middle class family. If i just put in a small amount of effort i can get into a decent college because I can afford the tuition. Because of this the gap between the rich and the poor will only grow and damage this countries economy further, like what happened to the U.S.S.R, and to less of a degree modern day Russia. If you look at the conditions in Russia today the common people are every poor just look at the conditions that they had in the hotel that the Winter Olympians stayed in(and this was probably a very high end hotel in this area), there economy is doing horrible yet a very very very small percent of there population is extremely rich, holding almost all the wealth in a very large population. The United States is no where near the point that Russia is at, but if the gap gets bigger over time we will be. We need to take action towards this issues now, before it becomes to large to address.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    My community is a hard working, upper class place. And hard work still means the same thing to any other family, hard work is earning enough to support yourself and your family. In my community hard work looks like driving in rush hour traffic to go to your job, or mowing your own lawn to save money. Every communities’ appearance is different, but the definition is still the same.

  • David_N_2

    Income inequality, and inequality of all types, exist wherever you look. Income inequality is something that is a major issue right now whether you believe it or not, and it all ties to poverty rates. I live in a good middle-class community that has a poverty rate of 2.2%, and I find it extraordinarily unfair that other communities, such as Garland, who have a poverty rate of about 40%! We see it everywhere. We see political leaders having a lot of wealth, and they receive very high raises while teachers receive an average income and raises make very little difference. We see rich superstars and homeless people. The spectrum of this inequality is unimaginable long! It’s very unfortunate to see how wide that gap is. Also, work productivity isn’t reflected in worker’s wages and hasn’t since the 1970′s. This means all the money goes to the stockholder instead of the workers. With this said, the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. People need to loosen up and start donating, and fees, taxes, and living cost should be based around the income of a person.

    Resources:
    http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/
    http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      David, I agree with you. Poor income and income inequality is a huge problem right now and people have to believe because this is happening to everyone around you.

      http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree income inequality is a big problem people need to know this is happening

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      David I agree. Income inequality is a big problem. The rich continue to get more and more money, will the poor are the ones who are getting less and less. I don’t, however, think that the rich need to pay more taxes than the poor, because then it is still an issue of inequality. The poor just need to get paid the same amount, or at least more than what they are getting now.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    Income inequality is very obviously a pressing issue. In my community, there’s a total of 123 people living within the poverty threshold, according to the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia), but if you travel ten or fifteen miles to a larger city, as much as 60% of the population is living in poverty. An infographic from the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/income-distribution-visualizing-economics_n_3044892.html) shows that 36.8% of the wealth goes to a very small number of people, whereas the remainder goes to the vast majority of Americans. A gap that huge inhibits mobility between social classes, and therefore income. The impossibility of being able to essentially rise up from nothing destroys the idea of the American dream–that anyone, provided they work hard enough, can be successful. This video from PBS News Hour shows a woman with a college degree, who had worked multiple jobs, and her descent from the middle class to poverty, proving that the wealth gap is real and devastating to some people. It’s not necessarily my place to speak about poverty, coming from an upper-middle-class mouth, but if a nation has the capability to feed and house each of its citizens, why doesn’t it?

  • E C

    The picture that says “So while the income for top earners has skyrocketed, it has stagnated for almost everyone else,” means that rich people’s incomes are increasing while the other people’s pockets are still empty. I agree because we see top earners using money freely while everyone else is working two or more jobs trying to put food on the table.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I agree with you but the richest people were just like you and I and probably just making it by until they came up with a crazy good idea. Also with that idea they had to work so hard and put so much risk into a company/product/stock just to get going. Or they worked their way up the corporate ladder from same cubical worker to a CEO. And it wasn’t like they woke up on day and was like, “hey look I am super rich” no they had to work hard. Now their hard work is paying off literally.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you because rich people had to have a foundation before they became rich, they were poor at one point. They all had to begin somewhere. The income for everyone is different, whatever job you have and how much you make.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you E C, but there is still lots people in this world struggling with income. Like how the diagram below shows, “United States has the highest overall poverty rate of 17″. This means there is so many people still struggling with income.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with you on your point. While most big earners are spending money like its no big deal there are people who are barely getting by, and have to work more than one job to get by. In my community there are 2.2% living in poverty.(this coming fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/new…. )That comes out to roughly about 123people. Travel not so far to Lewisville and you will see the poverty rate increased by over 20 percent. They go as high as 26.2% which is 794 people. I bet that most people are working really hard and making money, but it just isn’t a enough. With this income inequality happening people think they can’t rise above this and they just decide to stay in poverty. This is a huge deal and we need to fix it fast. Cause one day you could have it all and in the blink of an eye it can all be gone the next day

      • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

        I don’t think that rich people spending lots of money freely is the issue, but instead the opposite issue. They amass wealth and they spend minuscule percentages of it, causing that money to practically cease to exist for the public. Along with that because of the lawyers and loop holes that they exploit they have to pay so little taxes that very little of the money even goes back to the government. If they went around spending millions like crazy it would actually help the economy, with the boost in demand creating jobs and they old money getting put back in to the market instead of creating new money which causes inflation. The 1% need to stop hoarding money liking dragon with gold and be careless with their money.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I agree that the top 1% are able to use there money more freely, unlike the majority of the population. One cause of this is unfair taxes, and because of these taxes many people have fallen in to poverty. In my community the amount considered poor is about 123 people, or 2.2% in poverty, which is not a very high rate. But, if you travel across the city, the poverty rate is 63.1%, about 1,603 people considered poor. This shows the drastic diversity just with in the metroplex.

      If you would like to inform yourself about these rates in your community as well as around the country, here is the link. http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

      The image I have attached below, gives a good illustration of the gaps in between the classes and really shows you how vast the differences are.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that the top 1% is using there money more freely, while everyone else is working a lot harder just to be able to have a little money for themselves. According to http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia, there are only 123 people below the poverty level, which is equivalent to 2.2% of the population in our city. That is not that much compared to most cities. One of the major cities near the area that I live in has 1,023 people below the poverty level, which is equivalent to 22.4% of there population. That is a big difference. That city also has at least the population that my city has.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because according to: http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer. The richer pretty much take the small existing wealth from the poor and the poor get worse.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I don’t completely agree with your reasoning of what your quote means. When the picture says “stagnated” it is mostly talking about how the middle is rising with the top. This being because the trickle down economics is not moving past the top it is staying there.
      My resources for this is a collection of studies of Robert Reich and as of recently his documentary “Inequality for all”. He recently talked on this topic on http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/8yxy5j/exclusive—robert-reich-extended-interview-pt–1

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      I agree with you E C about how the upper classes are getting wealthier but the lower classes are getting some income but very little income at that.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    I don’t think that income inequality is a problem because if we had income equality we would be communist. 1% of all americans hold 40% of all americans money in our country in 2012. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/03/334156/top-five-wealthiest-one-percent/ But the reason they are doing that is because they worked hard and with out all that hard work there wouldn’t be any big corperations. If you work hard you can have benefits and be very successful and try to be in that 1% but don’t say they’re just because they work hard to put them in that position.

    In my community we have middle class to upper middle class and a little over upper middle class. We also have just 2.2% poverty rate which is 123 people in that poverty rate. http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia Which isn’t a lot because we do have surrounding communities that aren’t as fortunate. So my community is very well off we do have people in poverty but we have a lot more not.

    Like I said we are in Middle class and upper middle class and some over upper middle class. Jobs in my community go from Petroleum Engineer to Regional Sales Manager to Doctors to also CEO’s of all types of different companies. The jobs can also make from $96,745 a year to over $300,000 a year.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      The people on this page don’t want income equality, because your right, that would be communism, but what they want is to shrink the income gap and to stop the shrinkage of the middle class. If 1% of American citizens hold 40% of total American income, then eventually, emphasis on eventually, this gap will only widen, until the middle class is almost non-existent and we end up like communist Russia, with a few people massively wealthy and almost everyone else extremely poor, which is was one of the main factors of its downfall. While I am not saying we should all have the same income, there always was and always will be a difference, the current gap is dangerous for our economy and society.

  • Lea

    I have decided to reflect on the picture that says “So while the income for top earners has skyrocketed, it has stagnated for almost everyone else.” There are those top earners who earn their money based on their ideas and creations. There are other top earners who have “old money,” they don’t earn their money from the start, but inherited it. They still work to earn money for expenses. While the top earners are earning more money, those who also work hard, aren’t moving up the income ladder as quickly as the top earners.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with you Lea, people who make those big bucks keep on making them. People who work all the time make little money and they continue to do so.”Several years have passed since Occupy Wall Street protests flared up throughout the country, and although the issue has largely faded from national debate, the degree of income inequality that sparked the movement remains rampant.” This text from the article is saying that the huge debate is still going on. Income equality is still around and is an issue that needs to be addressed and fixed.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Lea, that rich people’s incomes are increasing while the other people’s pockets are still empty. The diagram below shows that, “California has the highest poverty rate of 89.9% ” “New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate of 53.4″ Which means there is still lots of poor people in this world. This is a huge problem, because those people are probably not going to survive in this world, unless we help them.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I understand what your saying and agree but, this is causing many issues. The top 1% or “rich” are not having to pay as much as the rest of the people. That is one of the reasons that they are taking in and obtaining more money, in comparison to the other classes. This issue is only increasing in size; according to Robert Reich, in the past, the tax rate was 70% and up, with the rich paying at least 35%. Now, the very wealthy, like Mitt Romney are paying about less than 14% in taxes. As this continues, the gap between the top 1% and the rest just keeps growing. This is causing many conflicts between the classes and in the nation as a whole.

      I have attached I picture that really clicked with me, it show how the land of the USA would be divided up according to the wealth. It gave me a clearer picture of what the difference was.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that the top earners are earning more money, while the majority remains stagnate. Bill O’Reilly states, “The average income of the top 1 percenters has increased over 31%, while the other 99% of the folks saw their incomes go up by less than 1%.” This demonstrates income inequality.

      Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tjwnMYqaeQ&feature=youtu.be

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I agree very much. “Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population”. The people who work the hardest get the least, while one percent of the population holds most of the wealth. The gap continues to get larger and larger. If we were to continue of lives this way, then our income will become even worse. This is a huge problem, and has to be put into many people’s minds.
      http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Working hard just won’t cut it any more for moving up the income ladder.

      This “ladder” you are talking about is not really a ladder. It’s more of a bridge with boards separated 20 feet apart. The gap of people who are low to middle to high income is getting larger and larger.

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      I get what your saying, Lea how some people in upper classes inherit their wealth and some are getting money from businesses and some are getting their wealth from high paying jobs.

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    Income inequality is a big problem. The richer get more rich by investing in more and getting more return. The poor don’t have a good foundation to build on so they stay poor. Poverty is very different from place to place. In my community we have a poverty rate of %2.2, but in west dallas there is a poverty rate of %59.2. The people in poverty live a tough life trying to manage between life and death. Most people can’t afford to go to the doctor so many people in poverty have a life rate of around 74.7 years according to: http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/25/news/economy/income-inequality/. By keeping income fair the whole society will be benefited.

    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

    • Jae Hun

      I agree with the statement that richer get more richer and poor get poorer. We see property everywhere and poverty rate is getting higher and higher. Every year, inequality seems to get worse and the problem is that poor people will never become above middle class because of the loans they`ve borrowed so far. I also believe that people need to start paying fees or taxes according to person`s income.

      • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

        I definitely agree, Jae. I really liked when you stated that people need to pay fees and taxes in regards to a person’s income. That would greatly aid many people and families in the United States who are struggling to put food on the table and pay off loans. It is definitely an issue worth looking into.

      • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

        Jae I agree with you,
        Poverty has grown and it is growing really fast. The inequality is getting worse and all there unfortunate people are suffering because of this. The Tax thing is a smart idea, this makes it easier for many people.

      • IsabellaV_3boydbence

        I agree with your statement of how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Especially with countries, the gap gets bigger and bigger between the rich and poor. There’s a video explaining the income inequality. One example is the the rich countries keep giving the poor countries loans, and they are trying to pay back the loans, but they can’t because they are in debt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMXD5wxiQNM&feature=youtu.be

      • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

        I agree, every single item that we have is increasing in price and that will not help at all with the poverty rate in the USA.

      • ClaireG_4boydbence

        Jae, I agree with you. We continue to see the poverty rate to rise while the rich continue getting rich. A big reason as to why the poor get poorer is because, like you said, loans. We need to find away fix the income inequality system and make it more balanced.

      • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

        I agree, every item that we have is increasing in price. That is NOT going to help with poverty…

      • Brandon Burlison

        I agree with that statement and if we don’t do something fast the middle class is going to dissolve

      • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

        I totally agree with you, Jae. We need to act NOW. If we don’t then things will just keep getting worse and worse until it’s too late…

      • JacobG_2_BoydBence

        I agree we need to take actions and fix the problems that are already here and not let more arise. In order for anything to get fixed we ned to fix what is already at hand.

      • Cole Wierman boydbence

        I agree with you Jae, the problem at hand has not been solved yet. I think you are totally right with charging taxes.

      • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

        I also agree that there is a problem with income inequality. The rich that invest in stocks and own monopolies just keep growing, while the poor who are paying out of their pockets keep having to pay the rich. Unlike you, I’m unsure of how to fix this problem, and I’m not sure if any ideas that have been created so far will work. Taxes can be changed to fit the income will do a good job if immediately evening out the gap, but that’s just temporary. Just because we’re all paying the same percent of our wealth doesn’t mean that we’ll be equal in the amount of money we have. It also doesn’t seem fair to the rich who have earned that money, to have to give more if it away than someone who hasn’t worked for it. There definitely is a problem, but there isn’t a solution yet.

      • CallieH_2BoydBence

        Capital idea. An income-based tax system would make it much simpler to contribute to our governmental services and make it much more affordable, however what type of regulations would be put in place to make sure companies aren’t trying to set the prices too high on more standard price ranges? What about Obamacare; that’s a standard rate that many people can’t afford right now. So how do we decide what goes where?

    • Guest

      I agree with you. The wealthy gets richer everyday, while the poorest remains poor. The top 20% holds 84% of the U.S. wealth and still thinks they have less than the people below them. These numbers are absolutely appalling because this is no longer the land of the opportunity if most of the people are living in poverty.

    • Jemimah Beltran

      I agree with you. The wealthy gets richer everyday, while the poorest remains poor. The top 20% holds 84% of the U.S. wealth and still thinks they have less than the people below them. These numbers are absolutely appalling because this is no longer the land of the opportunity if most of the people are living in poverty.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    There are many reasons that the income inequality is a
    problem in our society. If you look at this link it is all explained in here http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/.
    As of 2012 the top 1 percentile owns more than half of the United States
    income. This is a problem because America has not scene this major difference
    since right before the great depression. Back in 1928, the top 1% were only
    getting 1/4th of the nations income while the 90% were getting a
    half of the income in the nation. By 1944 the 1% were only getting11% while the
    90% were getting 33% of the nations income. This was due from manufactures
    producing supplies for World War 2 and their wedges were increased. But why is
    there such a difference now? Now all of the money goes to the owner or
    stockholders rather than the workers. Not only are these issues on hand, but also
    manufacturing jobs have decreased due to more services not goods. Due to the
    inequality of income in the United States we are at the top compared to other
    countries. Inequility has always existed
    and will increase if we don’t try to make it more equial in our society. For a
    visual aid look at this like to help you understand the content more http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/.

  • Tanya

    I do think that inequality is a problem in our society because the rich people take money, and keep it, and it doesn’t go back into the system. So while rich people continue taking money, poor people cannot get their hands on it. In my community there isn’t much of a difference. We’re all just farmers, and about the same money-wise. But up in Salt Lake, and cities like that, it is a problem. The spectrum of jobs and class in my community is, teachers, store owners, and farmers. The classes are either poor or middle classed.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      Tanya,I agree that inequality is a problem, but I don’t think it’s because the rich are hoarding money.
      I recommend that you watch this video- it’s very biased, but it does explain the problem well, and provides a lot of facts and insight on the issue. For example, how the rich pay politicians to cut taxes- it may seem like a good idea to those in the middle and lower class at first, but it actually makes everything worse.
      http://youtu.be/S6ZsXrzF8Cc

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I agree with you, there are people that just take a bunch of money when there are people that have to work so hard just to make minimum wage. ” A disproportionate share of the nation’s income is now being amassed by just a tiny sliver of the population, ” (KQED introduction) This is completely unfair and this is what’s causing this huge economic gap.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Tanya,
      I agree with you..Theres a big problem with our Incomes. Theres a few people that make the money thats high up there, they keep it. Then theres the people who work really hard to make the money, don’t get to keep it because of taxes, bills and their families. Then there the people who cant even touch the money because they don’t make enough to actually use it for themselves.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I agree with you. There are people out there that work much harder than some people, yet they do not get the pays they deserve. “So while the income of top earners has skyrocketed, it has stagnated for almost everyone else”. This is the reason why I believe there is such a big gap, if this can be solved, there wouldn’t be as big of an inequality.
      http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      The rich people can afford to get the education they need in order to get a good job but poor people often can’t. A lot of this has to do with job demand too, people waste their money on schooling but cannot find a job that fits their degree. They are stuck with massive student loans and no job or a job that doesn’t pay well enough. We need to supply the younger generation with jobs and the poor a way to get an education in order to get a well paying job.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. As it
      said in the introduction video, “Financial gains over the last decade in the
      United States have been mostly made at the “tippy-top” of the economic food
      chain as more people fall out of the middle class. The top 20 percent of
      Americans now holds 84 percent of U.S. wealth.” (PBS News Hour video) If we
      make the United States more like other countries, inequality will not be a
      problem. For only the top 20% to have more than 84 percent of the U.S. wealth that
      dose not leave a lot of money for the middle class and below. This is one
      reason that many adults cannot pay their taxes and provide for their families.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      The rich people ranked high and worked hard to get to the positions they are in. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and Richard Branson all were hard working people that eventually turned into huge enterprises with millions of jobs. The so the rich people can take what they want while the poor can keep on working to higher positions. If your rich than you probably wouldn’t think to donate all of it to charity. Just because theres a gap doesn’t mean that it is unfair for good hard workers to get money when the lower of the spectrum couldn’t get better. Some people just couldn’t get as good a pay from a not well paying job.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller are great examples very wealthy people that worked hard for their money and had such a giving heart. “Even before he’d reached his apogee, Carnegie wrote that a wealthy man’s life should go in two stages — first gaining wealth, then using that wealth to improve the general welfare. And that’s what he did. He established Carnegie Institute, Tuskegee Institute, and many other schools. He became the patron saint of libraries. He set up charitable foundations.”” Now Rockefeller, on the other hand, began giving when anti-trust forces closed in on his Standard Oil Company. He also set up charitable corporations of all sorts to give away excess money.”
      There are very wealthy people that have worked hard for their money and helped the community significantly. I think people are stereotyping and blaming the wealthy way too much. Im not very wealthy at all but this is just not right.

      sources:http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi177.htm

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      I agree, money cannot go back to the system because the rich are keeping it all. This is how the middle class and the lower class are not going off well.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    Income inequality exists because America is a (and always has been) a capitalist nation. I believe that we should fix this issue. While I firmly believe in the capitalist system, I recognize that it has its flaws. For example, the mega rich, Bill Gates, John D Rockefeller, these men have/had more money than they could ever hope to spend, and I would rather see a world where the excess wealth is spread to those who work hard for little money and have tough jobs. Another flaw with capitalism is the fact that baseball players, football players, and rappers make more money then the Teacher and the Fireman. While I recognize these flaws, I would rather be capitalist then socialist, and socialist economies tend to have less innovation. The only problem with trying to correct the system I can foresee is the fact that if give people an inch they will take a mile, and we will get closer and closer to socialist. If I were to propose a solution it would be this. Create a law that in any particular company, the highest paid employee can not make more then X times more than the lowest paid employee. This will cause companies like Microsoft to start paying people like Bill Gates less, and the common working man more. For more information on America’s “Mega Rich” read this article, it is quite good if I amy add. – http://money.howstuffworks.com/richest-person1.htm

  • JayWolf

    Income inequality is very noticeable however it isn’t necessarily a problem, because people who make more typically work harder or came up with some brilliant money making idea that fairly made them what they deserved also many of the rich give large amounts of money to various charities. So I do not begrudge the wealthy of their riches.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      JayWolf, I agree with you. There is a gap, but it isn’t a big problem in our society. The people that are in the top 1% work hard and earned their money. You can’t rush the economy and give money to the lower class from the upper class because that will cause companies to bring their prices up. For example, if the every rich person gave 100 dollars to every poor person, companies will realize that more people have more money and then they will raise their prices. Then the poor people will have to spend even more money to live and then instead of them having to spend 50 dollars, they now have to spend all of their 150 dollars and then all the money will go back to the top. This resource talks about how income inequality isn’t really what people want, they really just want income opportunity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Wztumrohk&feature=youtu.be

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I do not agree with you. I think that income inequality is an issue (not a major one, but one that she be looked at). There have been protests in the past, and the have died down but, “little has changed.” (KQED introduction) There are people that work hard and don’t make a lot of money. The rich people may donate to charity, but sometimes that doesn’t affect the people in poverty. It helps others in need, but the people in poverty mostly aren’t affected.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      JayWolf,

      Well, it is a problem in the United States. There were 46.5 million people in poverty in the United States.. Like I said to 18rche, it may not be close enough to effect you in your area, but it effects a lot of people in the united states.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      While it should be based on how hard you work, that’s definitely not the case. A lot of people work hard yet don’t make a lot of money. According to Business Insider, “The top 1% of Americans takes home over 20% of the income”. Stating that people who work harder make more money is like saying the other 99% aren’t hard workers.

      Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-charts-about-inequality-2011-11?op=1

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      Mothers and fathers who work multiple jobs work hard too. They still have to work many jobs to earn enough money. Not everyone is gifted with the tools to make brilliant ideas work. The wealthy do deserve what they earned but the bottom 90% of workers deserve money for their hard work. A lot of this has to do with the issue of minimum wage, people aren’t getting paid what they deserve for all their hard work. Janitors have a hard job, that requires a lot but they get paid little, someone who works hard like them deserves a lot more.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      I disagree with you because the richer people might not work harder they might have been born into a family with wealth so they could go to collage and they have a harder time to get hired so poor people can even work harder because they may have to work 2 jobs and still not make very much money so I think that it is a problem

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      I agree, in fact many people that made that money making idea would make a facility for more people to get jobs. The 1% taxpayers only make 300,000+ dollars a year. Doctors lawyers and bank investors all make the 1% according to http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/20/news/economy/occupy_wall_street_income/
      Why is it a problem that the people who work hard and rank high our are born into a wealthy family make so much. It’s because they diserve the money and Many people who are custodians either didn’t finish school or didn’t meet the requirements for other jobs. Not because the “1%” restricts them.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I disagree with you. As it
      said in http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/
      “So while the income of top earners has skyrocketed, it has stagnated for
      almost everyone else.” For the lower classes it has been harder to provide
      for their families because all the wealth in America is in the top classes. We should
      figure out a way so that they wealth of our nation is distributed more evenly
      between economical classes.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I disagree with you, people who are working two jobs are working as hard as rich people are if not harder. If money were based on how hard you worked we would be in a better place than we are now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc&feature=youtu.be In the link it shows you how many people are striving and working hard but still money is getting taken from them.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Not every millionaire fairly made their money. Some millionaires gain their money from operating in sneaky, malicious schemes that end up hurting those who were dumb enough to participate or harming those who took no part in it.

    • taylor shropshire

      i agree it is very noticeable and it is uneven and there are large gaps!

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you, not everyone deserves the amount of money the have, some earn it illegally and know it. This does not apply to every wealthily person, just a portion. And income inequality is a colossal problem, and many people are aware of and choose to ignore it. A solution to income inequality and raising the poverty level is by making education more accessible and affordable. This will allow those affected by income inequality a chance to raise their in come and be in control of their future career.

    • JayWolf

      To respond to everyone who disagreed because some rich people make their fortune through less honest ways and I agree that all white collar crime is a problem, but when it comes to honest businessmen I don’t begrudge him their earnings. Maybe it was that they were lucky when others have it hard because of a bad deal, I honestly do not think that justifies action though. I simply don’t think its the governments place, because I don’t want a fair system, I want a just one. Take down criminals in suits all you like along with all those that corrupt this admittedly imperfect system even more than it is. I do agree that there should be an even greater education push, but as for forcing people through government and taxes to pay for something they don’t want anyways I think is wrong. Maybe I’m just still being educated on the topic and I’ll change my mind later, but this is where I stand for now

  • 18rche

    Income inequality is a problem, but I don’t feel like it’s a major issue in our society. Life isn’t fair and if you work hard, you get what you work for. On the contrary, lots of people are working hard but the minimum wage only supplies one person in their family. So because of this, minimum wage should be higher, at least enough to support the whole family. It isn’t fair how everyone who pays taxes has to give some of that money to the welfare. For example, if I work really hard, and I make lots of money, how is it fair that my hard work pays off for others?

    • taylor_w_2nd

      18rche,

      I agree with some points you make, but at the same time, I strongly disagree with others. Raising, nor lowering, the minimum-wage will not close the gap in the inequality of our society, which is the prompt of this week. Take a look at this link to further understand the issue we are discussing. http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I disagree. I think that the wealth gap is a large problem, and I don’t think that raising the minimum wage will help close it.

      I recommend you watch this video. It’s biased, but they do provide a lot of evidence and facts. The rich aren’t paying to help others- and that’s a huge part of the problem.

      http://youtu.be/S6ZsXrzF8Cc

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      18rche, I agree that income inequality isn’t a major problem in our society because people that are in the top 1% work really hard, or at least they did at some point to get their money. We shouldn’t put too much time and money into trying to make the gap smaller. Although there are people that work really hard and don’t make enough money, I don’t think that the minimum wage should be raised. That could cause other problems. For example, when someone is having to pay all of their workers and then the minimum wage gets raised, sure some of the workers will get more money but the employer won’t want to pay all of his or her workers more money because he loses money, therefore he or she is likely to fire more people which would cause even more of a gap. This info graphic shows how big the gap is and what the average income is for different income groups. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/income-distribution-visualizing-economics_n_3044892.html

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I see what you are saying and you make a valid point. Although there are some people that work in a factory who work a lot harder than somebody who sits at a desk all day long. I’m not saying that sitting behind a desk is easy, but working in a factory is harder, and the person behind the desk is making more money. Sometimes it’s not just a matter of who is working harder or not. There are many other factors. I do agree with you saying that it isn’t a major issue. There have been many protests in the past but, “these protests have died down” (KQED introduction) So no, it is not a major issue, but it should be taken more into consideration.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with most of the points you have stated, 18rche. Income inequality is not one of the most pressing and urgent issues, but it’s still an important one. Many people work hard at their jobs, but they aren’t earning enough in order to support themselves or their families. There are other contributing factors that play into income inequality also.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      18rche,

      I agree with you when you say, “So because of this, minimum wage should be higher, at least enough to support the whole family. It isn’t fair how everyone who pays taxes has to give some of that money to the welfare.”
      But I disagree when you say, “…but I don’t feel like it’s a major issue in our society. Life isn’t fair and if you work hard, you get what you work for. On the contrary, lots of people are working hard but the minimum wage only supplies one person in their family.” Because, it is a problem..There were 46.5 million people in poverty in the United States, it may not be much where you are but its still here in the United Sates.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I strongly disagree with you. This is because making changes to the minimum wage will not change what happens to the middle class. That is the big gap is the difference from the top to the middle classes. I also don’t agree with the idea of the richer shouldn’t pay more because it is fundamentally flowed by the theory of rising assets touched on in Robert riches.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I do agree with some points, yes, but I do not agree with a few, also. I do not think that raising the minimum wage will solve much at all. Simply raising it won’t fill the large gap between classes. Although, many people are working hard, they just do not get the amount of pay that they deserve. In this info graphic it states “By 1944 the top 1% of earners were only receiving about 11% of the nation’s income while the other 90% were getting about 2 thirds”.

      http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      “If you work hard, you get what you work for.” True, but a lot of opportunities are handed to people because of their family background. We have a lot of Michael Jordan’s and Justin Bieber’s out there but not all of them get noticed. A lot of the people in the bottom 90% work hard and still aren’t cutting it. Guaranteed not everyone does or someone people make a mistake, like having a kid, that set them back. Minimum wage needs to be raised so that people can support more than just themselves if necessary.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Think of America like a sort of country club–you get to use its resources, but you have to pay a membership fee. This article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=1258) says that 22% of our taxes go to welfare programs, which is very little, especially when compared to the amount that goes towards defense, so it’s probably more fair than you think it is. Your hard work, in turn, has a chance of helping you and yourself. Saying that you get what you work for just isn’t true, because a lot of people are born into their positions in the upperclass, or do work hard, and are simply laid off, like the woman in this video here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/whats-the-state-of-economic-inequality-in-america/.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Sure we need to raise the minimum wage, but that will not fix the entire issue. Lets take janitors as an example. Janitors have to clean up all the garbage that people leave behind and they get paid to do this because nobody else wants to. So why is it that they get paid so low. I know I have said myself that “You couldnt pay me $300 dollars to clean that up”. Yet we pay people even less to clean it up. If you take a look at this website http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/01/income-inequality-charts_n_5241586.html?utm_hp_ref=income-inequality you will see that America’s top 1% has taken most of the countries total income. Most of the countries money goes to people who have more money than anyone else. This quote says it like it is “As you can see, in some countries like Denmark the vast majority of income gains went to the bottom 90 percent — SOCIALISTS! — while nearly half of U.S. income gains went to the richest one percent because freedom, baby.”

    • David_N_2

      I can see what you’re saying, but you do realize that, with some people, the money that they make can go to the stockholder or owner. They work their butts off just so another person can get their money without having to do anything. I can agree that what you work for is what you earn, but that isn’t exactly a norm in the United states of America. People have to work for their own income and they have to pay the amount of tax that corresponds to their income.

      Source:
      http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

      • Guest

        Making minimum wage higher will not help anyone. It will only make everything more expensive. “It is estimated that less than 15% of the total increase in wages resulting from an increase in the minimum will go to people below the poverty line and less than a third of those receiving the minimum wage are families below the poverty line. Most minimum wage workers are from above median income families. So, most of the people benefiting from the minimum wage are not the intended targets of the “anti-poverty” aspect of raising the minimum wage.”
        Read more about this: http://www.forbes.com/sites/williamdunkelberg/2012/12/31/why-raising-the-minimum-wage-kills-jobs/

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I can understand what you’re saying, but without government or tax payer help people below the poverty line won’t get out of where they are. Also even Obama says that the income inequality is “jeopardizing” the idea where if you work hard you get ahead. The people controlling the wealth are turning that idea into, work extremely hard and never get ahead. They control over 85% of the wealth and there is no real way to get them to stop getting more and more wealth.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Making minimum wage higher will not help anyone. It will only make everything more expensive. “It is estimated that less than 15% of the total increase in wages resulting from an increase in the minimum will go to people below the poverty line and less than a third of those receiving the minimum wage are families below the poverty line. Most minimum wage workers are from above median income families. So, most of the people benefiting from the minimum wage are not the intended targets of the “anti-poverty” aspect of raising the minimum wage.”

      Read more about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/williamdunkelberg/2012/12/31/why-raising-the-minimum-wage-kills-jobs/

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I understand what you’re saying, but minimum wage is not ment for supporting a whole family, and sure there are some people who have to turn to that to live. Their isn’t really a solution to income inequality.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      While you make good points, you are not looking from both sides of the equation. Income inequality is a major issue in our society, and is growing. Fortunately this problem can be solved making education more accessible and affordable. This will allow citizens to bring themselves out of poverty and support themselves by enrolling themselves into education that could allow them to further succeed in their education.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      I disagree with you entirely. Income inequality is a huge problem because people will not have money to spend, so the economy will not have an easy time with that. And minimum wage should not be risen because smaller businesses would go out at the speed of light. The only thing I agree with is if I want to pay extra in my taxes, that should be my choice. I should not be charged because there are poor people.

  • taylor_w_2nd

    I believe that inequality is a problem in our society. There is a huge gap in the people labeled as poor and the group listed as wealthy. For the wealthy, life is good and they want to keep it that way. They have the nice things they want and extra money after, which is how they like it. On the other hand, we don’t realize how many people do not have this lifestyle. Many people are struggling just to gather the basis after paying taxes and bills. Where I live, Coppell Texas, according to the New York Times Poverty Map, the percentage of people in our community that are below poverty is 2.2%. After doing the math, you realize that is 123 people. I know personally that i had no idea that number was that high, especially in my own community. After realizing this, i got tho thinking that if I didn’t even realize such an important fact in my own community, other people don’t realize it either.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    From the research I have done, I can conclude that there is income inequality in America. and that it is a problem. Like expressed in the video provided,many americans don’t realize the extent of inequality because they only really see their area and not the full range of incomes and poverty levels in the country. For example, I live in a well of suburb of Irving Texas, looking around the community you don’t see a large amount of poverty, however head not to far south in the same city and it is a completely different story. (see in the map below, darker blue represents more poverty) (http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia) People may not see the large amount of wealth held by the extremely rich, or the very small amount held by lower and working classes. There is a large range of incomes and classes from a doctor who would be upper class, a police man who would be middle class, or someone who does landscaping & groundskeeping work. One of these classes shouldn’t get an unreasonable amount of wealth and power. According to oxfam.org (http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf)
    “Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.” This is proof to me that inequality exists and that it is something we need to pay attention to and be working to solve.

  • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

    The inequality of our incomes, throughout the United States, is growing and growing in a gap. Sometimes we have our hardest working people in the poor class because maybe somewhere along the road they got distracted. Whereas the people living it up invest in different types of things.
    “In 2012, the official poverty rate was 15.0 percent. There were 46.5 million people in poverty.”

    My Source: https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/

  • Sean McMinimee

    Income equality has become a huge problem in our country. Unfortunately this is a problem that doesn’t have one solution. There are pros and cons to any policy adapted to address this problem. There isn’t a clear fix but this problem must be fixed in one way or another. If nothing changes America could be in for some very bad economic conditions.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with you on this. This is a problem that won’t be fixed in the near future. No matter what we come up with their will be people who don’t like it and people who do. In the mean time we could at least try to get people out of poverty and make sure that have jobs that can help them make it through. In my community there is a 2.2% poverty rate.(this coming fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/new…. ) Around our community it just gets worse. If nothing changes then America is just going to get worse and more people will go into poverty. This needs to be fixed or things will just get worse.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Every issue is going to have pros and cons, it’s a matter of which side weighs heavier. A CNN article suggests a number of solutions for income inequality here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/opinion/sutter-solutions-income-inequality/, most of which seem viable and not too controversial. People in positions of power will be reluctant to give up that power, and the rich will be hesitant of anything that might aid class mobility, but it has to be done.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you that this is a very hard problem to fix because of how far we are into it. No matter what we try to say or do there will be an issue but do you think there is a solution? If we don’t try to change soon even with little things will get worse. Not only is it hurting the U.S. it is hurting everyone in this world. “Extreme economic inequality is damaging and worrying for many reasons: it is morally
      questionable; it can have negative impacts on economic growth and poverty reduction;
      and it can multiply social problems.” this is a quote from http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf I think it fits really well with your post because you are saying it is questionable and there must be a fix or else we will have consequences.

    • David_N_2

      If we can start this problem, then we have to find a way to end it! One thing I have ranting on about is the fact that taxes, punishment fees, and other factors should be based on a person’s income. Those who are rich and trying to avoid higher taxes needs to suck up, stop being greedy, and pay their deserved share of taxes. People shouldn’t have to suffer because the rich people are receiving about 80% of the nation’s wealth. Equal distribution and fair income policies should be put into place if we want to go anywhere with this problem!

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because everything has a pro and con. My ideal idea would be to use taxes to redistribute income to the poor. For example, the U.S. uses a progressive income tax that takes a larger percentage from higher incomes and a smaller percentage from lower incomes, meaning that the poor keep a larger percentage of their income than the rich do (though the amount that the poor take home is still lower than that of the rich). The government uses the tax money to fund many different programs, including some that target poverty and inequality. The con to this is that we don’t know if all the money will benefit the poor, and the wealthier people might be upset.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I totally agree with you, It’s sad to say that there isn’t really a solution for now, it’s just a heated debate going no where. All I can really say is I hope they find one soon because it could affect some of us once we start paying bills and all that fun stuff.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you! Income inequality isn’t fair. People can work equally as hard at the exact same job but one could make more money than the other. This isn’t fair to the people this is happening to. The top 1% percent own 84% of the country’s wealth while the other 16% of the wealth is disrupted to everyone else in the country.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      Nothing about income inequality is fair! The top 1% percent own at least 84% of the country’s wealth while the other 16% is destributed out to the rest of us. Is that fair? oh heck no!

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree that there isn’t one perfect solution, and there won’t be. That’s just how it works, there is no solution that has no cons. This pretty much applies to anything, not just taxation and wealth distribution.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree. There is no simple simple solution, but we should try and spread the wealth more.

  • Maliha M

    This is a HUGE problem! The fact that the numbers are steadily rising is really scary. How long will it be until The US is having regular uprising nationwide? Also most Americans are not educated about this situation which needs to be changed. Take a look at these graphs:

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree. It’s worrying to see that income inequality numbers are rising. According to Huffington Post, “Between 1979 and 2007, the top 1 percent of earners saw their incomes soar by 275 percent” This source also includes an animated map of income inequality in the U.S. throughout the years.

      Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/20/income-inequality-map_n_3963382.html

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      This really puts things into perspective. The inequality has risen a lot since the 1970′s. With the richest people it used to be 5% but has grown to 114.1%. People everyday are loosing jobs and getting pay cuts. This is causing a problem for our economic state and the percentage of people below the poverty line.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I agree. Its hard to watch whats these numbers raise and lower. What will happen in the future when some of us are getting jobs? I wonder how this is all going to play out. Will this smooth through or will there be a bumpy road ahead of us? Its hard to tell. People seem to be pushing away at the fact that the poor are getting poorer and poorer. Will this ever get settled?

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree with you this is a problem that is under the snowball effect were it just keeps bringing in more people and numbers raise.

  • Alex M

    Income equality is a serious issue. While full time workers make just over 7 dollars an hour, making their annual income a measly 15,000 dollars on average. This isn’t even close to enough to live on. Meanwhile, CEO’s and other high-leveled positions make 10- 30 million dollars every year. This is unbelievably skewed. The pay of these executives needs to be cut drastically, to only a couple million, and significantly raise minimum wage. We can’t have millions of people barely surviving on what they make while a minority few take more than they could ever need. This is inequality at it’s worst, and we can not let it continue in this country.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I can see what your saying, but we do have to consider that most of them did work hard for that money. Some people don’t choose to work for a career that makes a lot of money and we have to understand that it’s their choice. Although, I do realize there is a lot of people in poverty who wish to go to college to get an education, we should be helping them get in instead of lowering the pay of the people who deserve that money.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you income inequality needs to be fixed . The Richget richer by investing in more and getting more return. What should be done is that everyone should have to give a little more to the government then government gives it to the lower classes. I liked what Warren Buffett said in the PBS Newshour “Everybody in this country owns
      some of their good for fortune in some way to the rest of the country.” If everyone just gave a little more effort then the problem would be fixed.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      So you want us to limit how much someone can make? What if they were forced to pay more tax to help out welfare, or donate it, or give it to the Goodwill or something? Maybe if we increased minimum wage? However, with cost of living getting higher and higher, that may not work, that that will make unemployment go up and up, and cost of living get raised higher. It IS pretty skewed, but how to make a solution that will work, and will hold up no matter the economy is a different story.

  • Francesca Botto

    Income inequality exists, though it’s not well-known. Given, many people are aware that there are middle-class, the rich, and the poor, but not many understand the extent to which the inequality is. After watching the segment of pie charts, in the youtube video Land of Free, Home of the Poor, the U.S is very unequal. The rich have 84% of all the nations wealth. In addition, the lowest two classes own only .1% and .2% of the nations wealth. It is obvious that something needs to be done about this issue. There are both pros and cons to any solutions pitched for this issue.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      yes I agree with you these are some pros and cons that you mentiond
      If someone works harder and as a consequence receives a higher wage then this is not market failure. The promise of a higher wage is essential to encourage extra effort. By rewarding hard work, there will be a boost to productivity leading to a higher national output – so everyone can benefit.
      Inequality is necessary to encourage entrepreneurs to take risks and set up new business. Without the prospect of substantial rewards, there would be little incentive to take risks and invest in new business opportunities.
      People deserve to keep higher incomes if their skills merit it. If a top footballer gets paid £100,000 a week, this is a reflection that people are willing to pay that kind of money to watch him.
      Some cons..
      1. The biggest cause of relative poverty is unemployment. Unemployment is considered a type of market failure because it represents an inefficient allocation of resources in a free market.

      2.Inherited wealth gives people an ‘unfair’ advantage in life. It may also make them lazy as they can live off rent, profit and dividends.

      3. Arguably inequality can lead to social friction. It can be a factor in precipitating riots or higher crime levels. In this case all members of society lose out. This is more pressing if the inequality is perceived to arise out of unfair allocation of opportunities (e.g. inherited wealth, monopoly power)

      Sources: http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/3586/economics/pros-and-cons-of-inequality/

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you that there are pros and cons in any solution and that really is a great statement for this problem. Here is a link to a video if you are interested in the pros and cons of this situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p047te7AWzY&feature=youtu.be I also agree with you that this a huge issue and needs a solution but I do have a question for you. Do you think there can be a solution even though these pros and cons are a big part to any problem?

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because according to: http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/25/news/economy/income-inequality/ “The 400 richest people in the United States have more wealth than the bottom 150 million put together,” This means that most of the money are held by the rich and not distributed among the people. This statement also shows that there is a big gap that needs to be closed.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      Yes, I agree with you, Income equality still does exist in this world. The wealth should be shared with everyone else. The rich have so much money they just do not want to share it with the poor.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I have to agree, people know that inequality exists, but don’t know the severity of the inequality!

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree that inequality exists. There will be pros or cons to any solution we propose.This video explains in more detail.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p047te7AWzY&feature=youtu.be
      We need to make things more equal. It’s not right.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      Yes, inequality is hidden in the shadows but is best known by the ones in direct affect. We analyze these numbers we look at our past and its obvious that change is needed. We need to pay the common man what he is worth or watch these people and our businesses fail.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Francesca,
      I could not agree more. You make great points in saying people don’t realize the extent to the income inequality, which is part of the problem.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with everything you have said. The rich have so much money they don’t know what to do with, while the poor have barely enough money to feed themselves. The huge gap between rich and poor is way to big, it is a growing problem. We need to solve this problem before it gets bigger.

    • taylor shropshire

      i agree the rich and poor people are not distributed in a community they are like all rich and then some mostly poor and it takes down whole cities as a “bad neighborhood”

    • SpencerH_4

      i agree
      the issue needs to be fixed and with the rich having loads and the poor having none ,, the money is not distributed evenly and its throwing off the balance there is a certain amount of money for the people on the earth and the rich are taking it all!

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree with you we need to bring more publicity to this topic. We need to explain to everyone what exactly inequality is.
      So they will be informed.” The rich have 84% of all the nations wealth” Info that will effect people mindset towards inequality.When there informed they can decide what they want to do with the info.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you. Income equality does exist. There are different classes including the poor, middle class and the rich. We all know the classes but we don’t understand the space between them. There is such a huge difference between all of the classes but there doesn’t need to be.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree with you, the nation is practically own by the rich, and we need a solution. The best way to solve this is by taking education more seriously. This will give people the opportunities to get a better job an raise themselves above the poverty line. And many Americans are releasing this and are starting to make a change. But not enough are aware of this. So by making education more accessible and affordable, we can lower poverty.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      The issue of financial inequality is defiantly a problem. the issue needs to be fixed were the rich aren’t as well off, and the poor are a little more stable. it should be more even, dont give the wealthy all the power!!

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree. America is pretty much owned by the rich and we need a solution. The richer should help out the poor. I think if we all take education more seriously then it will give people a better chance to get a good job and the opportunities they need to get above the poverty line. But not everyon can afford education so i think we should make it more accessible and affordable.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree. Income inequality is a big problem in our society today. Most people don’t realize it though. It’s so bad that 80% of the people of the USA have less than 15% of the country’s wealth. This Pie Chart shows the difference in wealth distribution in america.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree it is not well known in places because it may be at a lower percentage than another area. Everywhere will yo find inequality and people in need.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with this. Not a lot of people know whats actually happing with income inequality. It should be fixed no matter what it is.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree that many people are not fully aware of the income inequality which does exist in the U.S.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1_BoydBence

      I agree. The division between our rich and our poor is crazy. There is people getting kicked out of their homes and people who cannot afford to feed their families and yet the government steps in immediately with huge bailout when a huge company is about to go bankrupt. They need to be spending money helping the poor not keeping the rich, rich.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      I agree, but I have one question. Where does the other 15.7% go? Although it may not be relevant, but the economy does suffer without the spending of money.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      I agree with you. In the video in this article, so many people were un aware of the vast difference in income in America. So many people said they would prefer in economy such as Sweden – the economy represented in the 2nd graph.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree I think one of the main problems for this is that there isn’t as good education in lower class communities then there is in up class communities Where I live the poverty rate is very low its only 2.2%, and here we have very good education with a 5 star rating. I live in Coppell, but the poverty rate in west Dallas in higher its at 59.2%. Sunset high school, a school in west Dallas only has 3 stars.

    • Jacob M period3

      I don’t really see your point here. Were did in of this does it say every one has to be equal? Why does the rich have to may more for the poor? Were is this mandatory. My dad tells me this saying a lot “I have met a hard working poor man, But I have met harder working rich man”.

  • Caroline P

    Income inequality is a significant problem in our society. With the wealthiest part of our society making/spending an absurd amount of money, and the poorest part of our society struggling on food stamps, an issue needs to be addressed. Whether this is addressed through legislative or tax raises, it needs to change. The popcorn video my friend and I commented on below focuses on how taxes affect the inequality between the rich and the poor.

    https://carolinep.makes.org/popcorn/1z7x

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Caroline,

      I agree with you , this is a major issue facing our nation. Many problems come from income inequality, a statement from an article on forbes.com explains, “crime and teen pregnancy, that have long been associated with poverty, actually have a stronger correlation with income inequality”.
      (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-negative-effects-of-income-inequality-on-society-2011-11?op=1#ixzz30VEBSffo)
      Another problem is that many who are rich are able to use their wealth and status to influence things that others don’t have a chance too. Oxfam.org says this needs to stop and wants those in that position to”Not use their economic wealth to seek political favors that undermine the democratic will of their fellow citizens” (http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf)
      It wouldn’t be fair for a few citizens to control something others don’t get a chance to. Stopping this would be a step toward more income equality.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Yes it does need to be addressed. Quite frankly it needs to be addressed immediately. The rich have so much money to throw around, that they do. To make matters even worse they have to pay an even lower tax than the rest of us. They need to have the same tax as us or even maybe a little bit higher. They should not be able to pull some strings to get a lower tax than us.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I completely agree! “By 2012 the bottom 90% were earning less than half of the nation’s income , an alarming new rate” (found on http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/ ) We need to find a way to make income inequality more fair. Please check out this popcorn video I made as well. https://knp0882.makes.org/popcorn/1zv8

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Caroline,

      I agree with you. It’s like there isn’t an in-between state and you’re either extremely rich or sufferably poor. The pie graph below from “http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/whats-the-state-of-economic-inequality-in-america/” represents the wealth distribution where the bottom 4/5 or 80% of the population is only getting 16% of the wealth, and it get substantially smaller within each fifth.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree with you Caroline,
      Something needs to be done this issue can not be ignored. They should make the taxes and everything more affordable. It seems as the ones who are the hardest working get payed less that all the ones who make millions per year,

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I completely agree. The wealthiest part of our nation has benefited much more than everyone else for a long time. According to Wall Street Journal, “It’s the top 1% who have made out very handsomely, with a jump of 275% over nearly three decades.”

      Source: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304325004579298502492870522

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you completely. The rich part of our nation has benefited more than the poor part of our nation. While the poor can hardly take care of themselves, the rich don’t know what to do with their money.

    • taylor shropshire

      I agree it is sad how one city can be so rich and the next so poor if we balanced it then we could live better!

      • Guest

        i agree people are spending money just cause they have so much but if they would help the lower class or once they have enough retire so they can open up more jobs!

    • SpencerH_4

      i agree people are spending money just cause they have so much but if they would help the lower class or once they have enough retire so they can open up more jobs for the poor!

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree, everything should be balanced out through our society because that way we could live better as a nation.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      I agree that the problem needs to be fixed. This video explains how the rich got so rich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc&feature=youtu.be It says that it used to be where people would pay what they could afford for taxes. For example the poor people would pay a little, which to rich would pay a lot. The video explains how the rich population didn’t want to pay taxes and they would make loopholes, so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes, some didn’t pay taxes at all, which is called “tax evasion”. It’s a really interesting and informing video.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      This seems to be point that everyone brings up “the wealthiest part of our society making/spending an absurd amount of
      money, and the poorest part of our society struggling on food stamps” the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. And as said in your popcorn the loopholes the rich use should be fixed.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      Yes I totally agree with you on this. We have people that is working there butts off trying to keep a roof over there head. And then we have people just throwing money around like its nothing. It does have to change.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, That needs to change before it gets out of control.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. There is such a big difference in the higher and lower class. Its unbelievable. Something needs to happen that only effects the higher class and helps the lower class. Higher class people need their taxes to be raised, because that’s basically the only solution we have.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Caroline, I agree with you. The difference between the highest and lowest class Americans is astounding, and must be fixed so that people can live the “American Dream.” This chart shows several nations and their income inequality.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Caroline, I do not think that inequality in income is a problem. I definitely do not think that raising the taxes of the wealthy will help. They worked hard for what they have.

    • Jacob M period3

      I get what you are saying. But we are in a capitalistic economy. And what that means is there will always be a gap of some sort. Now I do agree that it could be smaller but if it is too small than there would be no rich or middle class it would just be poor.

  • KayleeH_3BoydBence

    This problem of income inequality is becoming massive. Through the protesters in Occupy Wall Street we can see that people are not happy about this. Everyone wants to be in the top 1% and thats a bit far fetched but the majority should be in the top 10% but instead most of our people are in the bottom 90%. The problem isn’t with the top 1% its with the fact that there is a bottom 90%. “In 1944 the top 1% was only earning about 11% of America’s income but the bottom 90% were earning about two thirds of the pie.” (http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/). Income inequality is a bid deal today because to many are making so little, not even enough to survive on. The big guys on Wall Street are making so much, are they doing anything to help the tremendous amount of people who are making so little? In my community people are doing just fine in their income. I live in a town full of financially stable people and the majority of are doing just fine, we aren’t in the top 1% but we are in the top 10%. We need to raise the top 10% and lower the bottom 90%.

  • Jasmine Masih

    This is a little video I made on inequality!
    https://jasminem13.makes.org/popcorn/1z7z

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I completely disagree with you. Raising the minimum wage so much over little time, will definitely create inflation. And, additionally I do not see how this argument has to do with this blog. Post it on #DoNowWages.

  • Daniel Voytovich

    Income inequality is a growing issue in the United States, because it is making what used to be a democratic nation an oligarchy. This means that the power is falling into the hands of the uber-wealthy 1% of Americans. The American dream of class mobility is dying because jobs are being lost to other countries, as well as machines that take work out of the hands of people. Class lines need to be dulled down more so all people can have the opportunities to live the American Dream.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      I agree with you but the American dream is harder to achieve because not everyone can go to collage so they can get those high paying jobs but it is still very possible to archive the dream those 1% did it it still possible

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      In 2012 the top one percent really made only 324,000 dollars to fit the one percent. according to http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/20/news/economy/occupy_wall_street_income/ .
      So all those uber-wealthy 1% really are not making the millions of millions people believe. The power does not go to them because the 1% is in taxpaying and they pay the most. The American dream is really a nightmare because the dream will never be served on a silver plater. You have to work hard and be well educated or intelligent to gain the so called “dream”.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Daniel,
      I agree that our nation should not have all, or the vast majority, of the power and wealth going to a few people. This means less opportunity and power for the rest of America. However many people don’t realize is just how big the gap is. According to oxfam.org, “The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.” (http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf)

      That means that just 85 people have the same amount as half of the world. That seems way to extreme to be okay. The question left is what to do about it. Freep.com suggests one option and states, “A broad federal consumption tax is the only fair way forward.” (http://www.freep.com/article/20140426/OPINION05/304260008/income-inequality-consumption-tax-wealthy-economy)

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      I agree with you completely! According to the New York times, “when he was President Obama’s chief economic adviser, Alan B. Krueger, a Princeton economist, popularized what came to be known as the “Great Gatsby Curve,” which showed that in countries with wider income gaps the children of poor parents were more likely to grow up to be poor adults.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/business/economy/making-sense-of-income-inequality.html) Classism is growing in America is the wealth gap expands, only adding to the consequences of this issue.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Daniel and Alice, I see your point but what you said Alice, it the poor raise their children and they turn out to be poor, where is the facts about that. Until Alan Kruger shows me how he figured that out, then all that he’s saying is crap! Many things can happen. What if that poor kid turns out to be really mart and gets a really big scholarship? Or what if he gets a sports scholarship? You never know. And for you Daniel I agree that income inequality is a problem but seriously the power is not falling into that 1% of people’s hands, where did you get that from? Plus what if they deserve to be taxed a little less than others? Probably they WORKED THEIR BUTTS OFF to get to where they are at. What do you think?

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      i agree that income inequality is a major issue in the United States. “An unequal society, in which income wealth is concentrated at the top, cannot sustain an economy whose main driver is consumer spending, Reich and Bluestone agree.” (found on http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/whats-the-state-of-economic-inequality-in-america/ ) If we continue forward with our wealth distributed like is currently, then eventually consumers will no longer be able to afford to buy anything and we won’t be able to sustain our economy.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Daniel,
      I agree that it seems the US is becoming an oligarchy. It also seems like the people who work the hardest, make the least. Sometimes people criticize less fortunate people, but sometimes they can try their hardest to make money, and they can’t. America is the promise land for some people but, “According to a report out this month from the International Labour Organization, the gap between rich and poor in the United States is worse than in other industrialized countries.” The American dream is dying and soon it will be gone if we don’t change something.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I agree, though we have a democratic voting system, due to the inequality of income it’s more of an oligarchy. And really there is no way to stop this, the wealthy will become more wealthy with any action that we take to spread wealth, for example, if we tax them, they take their business over seas making them richer and us poorer. So yes, the class lines need to be blurred and in order to do that the wealth needs to be distributed, not shared income, just equal income. The monetary distribution right now looks like the graphic below.

      • Guest

        I agree. We are stuck in classes that are hard to get out of. we are built on the right to live the american dream. But with this huge gap between us, only the top 1% get to afford it.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree. We are stuck in classes that are harder to get out of. I think this video will help you get your point across. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p047te7AWzY&feature=youtu.be ) Class needs to be more even or fair so people can move from class to class.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      A perfect example, we are built on the right to live the american dream and with this huge gap between us the top 1% the only ones really living the dream are those who can afford it.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree, we are stuck in classes that are hard to get out of. we are built on the right to live the american dream. But with this huge gap between us, only the top 1% get to afford it.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree inequality is getting bigger and bigger and wont stop until we find a compromise.”1% of Americans are in the Upper Class” If we come up with a compromise maybe we can make more jobs for people in middle and lower class. And increase the number of people in the Upper class

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      Daniel,
      I agree with you. Income inequality is a major growing issue in the U.S. The huge gap between the rich and poor is very bad. The poor can’t afford what the rich can. The poor can hardly take care of themselves let alone live the american dream.

    • SpencerH_4

      daniel,
      i agree with you there is an issue with the gap of upper and middles and they are taking up jobs and its making things uneven between the community! things need to be evened out!

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I understand where your coming from. It is a growing problem but its not fair that both lower and higher class are uneven.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you completely, the gap in the classes are an issue, and it isn’t fair the job growth in the different classes. The different classes should have an even opportunity to take a shot at the american dream! after all, isnt that whats fair?

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      I agree Daniel. People with money control everything because they are funding some pretty big projects. Also, the middle class people helping them are a lot of the times losing their money. People do need to help so the newer generation can live the american dream.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Daniel, I couldn’t have said it better. The power is indeed faling to that 1% and it’s causing chaos in the social classes. We make such a big deal about what social class we are in that we forget to enjoy and be grateful for what we do have. By having this mindset, we are closing so many doors on ourselves. I have attached an infographic about different social classes and percentages.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/income-distribution-visualizing-economics_n_3044892.html

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree. Rich people are taking more money than they need to, thus making the middle/lower class losing money that they need.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. The rich should not have control over America. Unless America is a stock; where people can buy a part in America so that they can own it, they should not be able to rule over us.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      I almost completely agree with you, however I don’t think the machine thing is really that bad, it increases efficiency which just makes it better for us. But the workers losing jobs for it should be given benefits or something.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Daniel I agree with you there is a growing issue of Income inequality that needs to be stopped. The United states is being blinded by what happening right in front of them. This link I put below is a video on Income Inequality. The richest are taking over America.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMXD5wxiQNM

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, at this point the U.S. really is an oligarchy. Any middle class or lower person has almost no influence over the country, with all of the power resting with the 1%.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree that income inequality is a problem in the US. It’s way worse than a lot of people think. The bottom 40% of the US peoplehave a nearly microscopic 0.3% of the US wealth. the US aka the land of opportunity doesn’t really live up to it’s name at all. These pictures show just how bad income inequality really is.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      I agree that incoming inequality is issue that is going to get bigger. I can see the the U.S. could be forming into an oligarchy because the 1% of wealthy Americans are becoming so powerful. People are coming to live this American Dream, but that’s fading away because they come here and work so hard, yet get so little out of their hard efforts. In the infographic, it shows the income distribution in the U.S. of 2010. It shows about how much each percentage makes a year. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/income-distribution-visualizing-economics_n_3044892.html

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree America isn’t much of a democracy anymore sure we can vote but for people that promise change but for the most part it’s mostly for themselfs.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1_BoydBence

      I agree. The rich have too much influence within the government. In fact the US is now scientifically an oligarchy instead of a democracy (https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14). The can cause so much political swaying to lower the taxes for them and raise the taxes for the poor furthering the income inequality.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree that it seems that our lives are in the hands of the wealthy, and job opportunities in the U.S are demolishing.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, the rich have too much say in our government and that is something that needs to be changed.

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agree with you the rich are becoming so wealthy that the can almost buy any thing they want and almost run the country

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree! The high class people have too much say in the government now these days. The government never seems to take lower class people into consideration, or really seem to help the low class. Something should happen to the higher class to make everyone a bit more equal, like raising taxes of higher class people.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      That is exactly what I was thinking! The few people with all of the money are getting the power, because they can afford things that poor people could never dream of getting, and they are dangling the poorer people by strings.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, the country shouldn’t be run by the wealthy. They have too much say in what happens to us all.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      This is so true. At this point, the nation’s practically run by the Monopoly owners rather then the real gov, and they do everything to keep their money. It’s pretty sad, seeing the USA act like this.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree the rich are already super wealthily and they are only getting more wealthy by the second. The people in poverty are only suffering and its not going to get better, we need to do something about it make the situation better.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      I agree, America is the land of second chances, the place to start from the bottom and get to the top. Those philosophies are dying quick because of the very rich people taking control.

    • Claire S 2

      Yeah, we really need more jobs, and to tax the rich more. That way we can have a healthier cycle of money and not have it all just end up in the same place and stay there.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I like how you compared our economy to the government types. I also like how you put other countries and different factors into the statement. I honestly hasn’t thought of that until ow. You’re also completely correct. The only question I have for you is: How? How are we going to dull down these class lines when the government has tried that and it’s only gotten worse? How are we going to dull down the class lines so that everyone can live the American dream? How can we assure that everyone who gets money deserves it? Thank you again for your spot on reply.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Daniel, I somewhat agree with you. The technology has taken the majority of the jobs in America and this makes many people searching for jobs. Inequality is growing in America. I do not think that making lower, middle, and upper classes equal will help people live the “American Dream”.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      How do we dull down class lines? Do we put a cap on how much money you can earn? This would have to be a very well-thought out and executed plan. Just how do you propose to do it? Why would this work? Will it destroy free enterprise? This seems a little risky, but it could work. I agree about the machines and people bit, but then there’s also the fact that the buildings, oh, I dunno, keep falling on people? We probably need to remedy that first, before we go all one-salary-fits-all. However, the American Dream is also subjective. Each person may have a different view on this. How would we make that work out?

    • Jacob M period3

      Well wear in any wear does it say that the american dream is free? When you have a country that wants to raise the minimum wage witch leads to hyper inflation then why would you not as a owner of a huge multi million dollor company why would you not want to take your jobs some where you can make more money. The problem is not with rich its with the poor just wanting to get rich.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I disagree with your statement about how we are becoming an Oligarchy. Any American Citizen over the age of 18 can vote, so where do you get the term Oligarchy from? It is clear that we are a democracy.

  • Nikki J.

    Inequality is a big problem in the U.S. due to several reasons. From this video, https://nikkijam.makes.org/popcorn/1z7v, Robert Reich explains the key reasons as to why inequality has become an even bigger issue. As the economy grew, wages couldn’t keep up with it. Public services were cut because the government didn’t have enough money. Many people have to work long hours for a minimum wage. However, many people are making millions of dollars and they pay less taxes than the rest of the population. Either taxes need to increase for the rich, or we need to start paying people a little more.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree. But I think increasing taxes on the rich would make them mad. Many of them already avoid taxes and keep their money in international banks.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-targets-tax-evasion-with-crackdown-on-rich-who-keep-cash-in-hidden-overseas-accounts-9255100.html

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I disagree with you. Even
      if we raise the minimum wages than that means that our taxes will go up due to public
      institutions not having enough money to pay for their employees. Also the whole
      reason that the poor is paying for more taxes is because the rich is not paying
      theirs. Back then everyone paid for what they could afford, but the rich did
      not want to be paying more than other people, so they stopped paying taxes. They
      never got in trouble because they would pay for politicians to be on their
      side. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc&feature=youtu.be If we were to raise rich peoples taxes or
      raise he minimum wage it will not change the fact that America is very high for
      income inequality.

    • David_N_2

      Income inequality is there and the government needs to recognize this. I agree with you that taxes should be based on a person’s wealth rather than one that is set for everyone. Here in this article: http://autos.aol.com/article/highest-speeding-fines/ you can see well that the Finnish traffic fine is based on a person’s annual income. Here in the Untied States, a few hundred dollars doesn’t affect a rich person nor does it teach them a lesson. You can see that what Finland has done is a great way to start equalizing income balance, and I think anyone country, especially the United States, can learn from Finland.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      This is true. The government needs to do both things that you just stated. They need to increase taxes for the rich and pay more minimum wage. Or just pay more in general. Especially for the jobs that require lots of labor. Janitors and people who do lawn work are some of the lowest paying jobs on the market. This is ridiculous because they require a lot of effort. They do the things that nobody wants to do themselves. Here is a website that talks about how Houston janitors are fighting for fair pay in todays economy. http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/houston-janitors-fight-fair-pay-economic-boom

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Nikki,

      I agree with you, taxes could be part of the answer to this problem. However, that may not be enough, This article explains several other ways to fix the income ineqaulty in America. Breaking down social barriers, improving public schools, and giving workers a voice in their companies could all lead to long term success in decreasing the income gap. (http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/opinion/sutter-solutions-income-inequality/) But before you can fix income ineqaulity we need to understand it. This video explains in depth the problem and the perception America has. We need to understand the reality of the sitituation and then move foward.
      https://taylorclark.makes.org/popcorn/1zus

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Taxation for the rich does sound like a good idea. Hopefully, these taxes can go into the economy, wages, and infrastructure of the population in order to better the community itself.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Nikki, I understand that inequity is a big problem in this topic, but you can’t just tax the rich. What would that do? Then they would just complain about it like you guys saying that the taxing of you guys is not equal. Well if you tax the rich more then we’ll have more problems and more inequality.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree inequality is a huge problem in the United States. “out of all the developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of income and we are surging toward even greater inequality” (found on http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/whats-the-state-of-economic-inequality-in-america/ ) If income inequality continues to grow in America then our poverty rate is going to rise. We need to fix this, perhaps by increasing the wages for workers in middle and/or low class.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Nikki,
      I agree with you. I think it is unfair that the people who have tons of money, do pay less taxes even though they clearly have the resources to pay more. In this video, http://youtu.be/YnQwTS-K6jI?t=1m37s they talk about the distribution of wealth and they ask people which of these 3 pie graphs they think america would be. I attached the image below, and a lot of people thought we were one of the top two graphs, but we were in fact the bottom which gives the richest fifth of the population 84% of the wealth. The bottom two-fifths only receiving less than 1%, so obviously this is unfair and something drastic needs to change. Even if we can get out economy to look more like the middle pie graph, we’ll be doing our country a much needed favor.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Nikki, if we were to either raise the taxes for the rich or pay people a little more, that could cause worse problems. For example, if we raise taxes even more for the rich, what motivates them to continue to work as hard and make more money if they are just going to have to pay more taxes? They could just stay middle/lower class with lower taxes and still make the same living with less work. Also, when you said, “or we need to start paying people a little more.” whom were you referring to? Did you mean the government or just everyone in general? If we pay people more then the people paying other people will have to make more money in order to pay their workers more and then everything has to go up in price just so people can afford to pay their workers. This is a cycle and “paying people more” won’t fix it. This website talks about what economic inequality looks like in America and how it is ties to unemployment and mobility. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/whats-the-state-of-economic-inequality-in-america/

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree with you Nikki,
      They should raise the taxes for the richer and lower them for the poorer. This would make is so much better and much fairer. There are filthy rich people that could also donate to the unfortunate ones.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I have to agree with you, we need to distribute the wealth or find a way to get people out of the poverty line. Income inequality isn’t just a national issue, it’s a global one. According to this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMXD5wxiQNM&feature=youtu.be the spectrum of wealth looks dangerously high on the top 2% of people, while it look very low on the other 98% (image of spectrum shown under with video). But back to America right? Well, in america according the current president Barrack Obama, “A dangerous and growing inequality has jeopardized middle class America’s basic bargain – that if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead.” So how do we fix this? Solutions like putting taxes on the richer americans is only going to make things more expensive for the average consumer because the rich are going to up their pricing in response to taxes, if wages are raised, businesses are also going to up their pricing and cut staff.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you, because there are many big issues from inequality in the income section. This video does show what a big issue income is in this world. We need to be able to divide up all the wealth of the rich.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I think taxes should increase for the rich otherwise we will have an inflation problem on our hands. “The top 20 percent of Americans now holds 84 percent of U.S. wealth…” it’s not fair to the other 80% of Americans. Especially all of those in poverty.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      Along with the rapid growth of the nations buisness the fact that over the past 50 years many jobs have been outsourced meaning that workers must take low paying jobs within the industry guaranteeing that they are payed less than they are worth.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree with you. They should raise the taxes for the richer and lower them for the poor/non wealthy. This would make it fair.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree with you Inequality is a big problem in the U.S. We deserve to have equal taxes.””A dangerous and growing inequality has jeopardized middle class America’s basic bargain – that if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead.” We need to go back to are roots and support what we fought for equality.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree, taxes should be given to people according to the social class they are classified as.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      Yes Nikki, inequality is a big problem. People are barely making enough money to survive and a lot of this is because a middle class man helped the rich guy make money and lost his in the process. This economy horrible. People need to help

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Nikki, I agree with everything you said. Taxes increasing for the rich is just a small step towards a solution for a big problem. Here is a video discussing why taxes should be raised for the rich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozMpjCSUuWk&feature=youtu.be

    • Nicholas_M_Period1_BoydBence

      I agree. The current situation we are in will only get worse unless the government tries to step in and solve our income inequality. We could have a full collapse of our middle class on our hands unless we settle this.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I disagree. I think rich people are just getting a lot more greedy with their money and are taking more than they need/deserve.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      Well I think that the rich have to start paying more in taxes. Most of them worked hard to get where they are. Bill Gates, for example worked very hard to get to his position, he should not have to pay more in taxes. But, they shouldn’t pay less than what we are paying for.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree.
      The only problem with the rich paying more taxes than the poor, is that would still be inequality. I think that we just need to pay the less wealthy a little bit more.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      I agree the wealthy are going to continue to get more rich, while the poor are going to continue to get poorer. Why should the rich pat less taxes and get more benefits?

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree. Inequality is a big problem in the U.S.A., but if you look at some of the other countries around the world you can see that they are much worse off. We claim to be helping them by giving them billions each year to develop themselves, but at the same time trillions are being taken out of them by businesses seeking cheaper production each year. So now who’s developing who now. The video Global Wealth Inequality 2014 says that “rich countries try to compensate for this by giving 130 billion to poor countries each year.’ The rich counties are also costing the poor countries money at the same time. The video says that “altogether that’s more than 2 trillion dollars.”

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree. They should raise the taxes for the richer and lower them for the poor because this would make it fair. Richer people should help the ones who are struggling and it will only get worst the more we wait.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, but rich people are notorious for finding ways to dodge taxes. Even former presidential candidate Mitt Romney used the Mormon church to defer his taxes for 15 years.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, Nikki. Rich people have worked hard for their money, but there are a multitude of people who have worked hard for their money too, but it just isn’t enough. The situation at hand is getting worst and the government should do something to help the middle and lower class.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you that income inequality is a problem! Although I think that paying people more would not help the issues at all. If we raise the minimum wage, employers have already stated that they would be forced to lay off a large chunk of people and/or move everyone to part time. While I do think that charging the 1% could be effective, is that what America is about? We have talked about the American dream since the very beginning, and if you keep taking large amounts of money from the rich, who would want to work hard to get to that top 1%? While yes, income inequality is a problem, I think that the solutions that a lot of people are coming up with would not work. I also understand that there are going to be cons to whatever comes up, and that we will just have to choose the best one.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree this is a huge problem the fact that the poor have almost no chance to get more money shows that there is income inequality.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      Agreed there are many issues even the government has issues at times. people are payed less or treated un equally.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree 100%. The rich should pay more for taxes, and those who are paid less should pay less.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree the rich only want money to simply have more money.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree with you Nikki, its unfair that they can sit back with all that cash when other people are dying or are suffering from poverty.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you, Nikki. Higher class people seem to have it easier, and its not fair to the lower class people. I agree that taxes need to rise for the higher class.

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agree with you Nikki it is not right that these billionaires are so greedy they don’t want to pay their employees minimum wage

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree the rich need to help out. With all of that cash and the people in poverty on the streets we all need to take action and do what is right. The only way to stop tis is to start something new that can be effective to those that are poor.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      You are so right. This is supposed to be the land of equality, but lately things haven’t been so equal, at least in terms of money. I think raising the taxes for the rich is a great idea.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree. It’s unfair that people have to suffer while billionaires sit back and relax. I think income tax should scale with your percentage on the income spectrum.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      As one can see in the link below, inequality is a massive issue. So many people make so little money, and it’s just sad to see the people with a lot of it doing nothing to help but taking more.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Nikki, I agree with and your solutions. Also, please look at this image form the Lowdown infographic. It shows that as efficiency grew, salaries stayed the same – which i think may be what launched the start of the current income inequality.

    • Claire S 2

      I agree.
      Though, if they’re taking all the money we can’t just pay others more. Therefore, the taxes really need to be increased on the rich people instead of the second option you put out.
      It’s just too far-fetched to just pay more, especially considering we won’t have much money left for anything else since all that money just goes straight to them eventually anyways.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Nikki J.: Actually, the majority of the upper class pay a much higher tax rate than any of the classes. The rich people should not have to pay higher taxes than everyone else. They worked hard for their money and deserve to keep it.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      Nikki,

      I have to say i don’t agree. Balancing the income of people is frankly unfair. The people that make the upper classes of the USA have earned there way there, it would be unfair for them to have that taken away. While yes taxes should be applied equally to every, this does not mean that its bad for people who are in higher paying jobs to make more money, There will always be higher demands and higher wages for some jobs. Some countries have even tried to make incomes on a level playing field. Take North Korea for example. They have given there citizens the same income for years this has made the poverty rate go up, as of 2011 90% of citizen were in poverty. Ive attached a info-graphic i made with some basic information and some statistics about their economical standing. I have also linked to a video giving another view of my option.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tjwnMYqaeQ&feature=youtu.be

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you another reason I liked from the video was something robert reich said. “we have a school system that is not really good particularlyfor poor and working class kids.” Which mean the kids don’t have a good
      foundation, so they poor in the lower class.

  • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

    income inequality is a problem rich people stay rich and poor stay poor they can’t afford to go to collage so they don’t obtain the skill to pay the bills here in Coppell we have a 2.2% poverty rate with is in the 2% percentile for wealth and we are next’s to Garland with a 40% poverty rate make income equal a lot of people will benefit.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    I don’t think that blaming and attacking the rich is good or helpful at all. Most everyone of these people worked hard for it and their hard work has provided us with many great things that we use on a daily basses in. Obviously the income is not equal but we don’l all do an equal amount of work. Think about it though if it were to be completely equal people that still wouldn’t be fare because a lot of people would choose the easiest job and yet those people would get paid the same as someone that exactly works hard.
    “Almost everyone in politics has a plan for dealing with inequality, and nearly everyone agrees that getting a good education is an important key to success.”
    The data on inequality show a major change since 1980. I think it is unproductive to attack the rich over and over again like they purposely exploited others as they built their net worth.”Most people in the top 10 per cent worked hard in school, got a good education, put in their 10,000 hours developing a skill and benefited from the growth that took place in America after the 1980-82 recession. Good luck also played a role in every one of their lives. Capitalism has always rewarded risk-taking, entrepreneurship and innovation. This process creates growth and jobs, and the initiators of successful projects often benefit handsomely just as the unsuccessful suffer.”

    sources: http://gulfnews.com/business/banking/tackling-the-income-inequality-issue-1.1324830

  • alexm_3boydbence

    Income inequality is definitely a heated debate. Of course this isn’t affecting the wealthy of 1% but it does affect most others. Although since I do live in a small community and most of the people are middle class this isn’t really a problem in my community. Fortunately there is not many people who work at McDonalds for a living in our community. As you can see from a screen shot i took from http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia My community only has a poverty rate of 2.2% and I feel that’s not as bad as compared to others.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    Income inequality is a huge problem in the U.S. People who are in the high class are getting more money by being given more opportunities to succeed. They can put their kids through collage and let their kids go on to succeed as well. For people in a lower class it is harder to obtain themselves finically therefor they are not being given opportunities to succeed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMXD5wxiQNM&feature=youtu.be says it themselves, “people who are poor have nothing to educate their children with or even pay for basic medicine. While on the other hand the richest people have gotten 43% of our worlds wealth.” In my community we have a poverty rate that is 2.2% but in Oak Cliff their poverty rate is 27.1% this shows that the poverty rate changes in different places. My source to figuring this out is http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia In conclusion equality does exist and is a problem in the U.S.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    Income inequality is a massive problem is our society. Its everywhere. The craziest thing about it though is that communities right next to each other can have completely different poverty rates. I live in Coppell, TX which has a poverty rate of 2.2%, but in some parts of Dallas (which is only about 40 min away) have a poverty rate up to around 40%. That is insane. We need to give more money to the people who live in low poverty areas so that they can build a better society and get their rate up. If we leave them there to rot, they will rot. Everyone needs to be paid a good and fair amount of money to make our society better.

    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    Income inequality is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. As the saying goes, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” According to http://fusion.net/american_dream/story/us-rich-richer-poor-poorer-11703 “Half of the people in this country are now considered poor or low-income, and the median household income actually fell for the second straight year in 2011 to just more than $50,000. ” America, being the supposed “Land of Opportunity” isn’t really living up to that nickname too well. People come to america in search of the american dream, which is to start with nothing and gain everything. However, that’s not the case. The poverty rate where I live is at 2.2%, however in areas right around me, the poverty rates can between 30% – 40% as well. The wealth distribution in “The land of the Free” is really messed up and ideally it needs to be fixed and become more equal. The rich don’t need money and the poor do, if we fixed the income inequality, we would also help a lot of people get out of poverty.

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    Income inequality is a major problem. We have a huge gap and some people didn’t even know it, which was shown from the video above. On the pie chart, the yellow represented the richest fifth, while orange represented the poorest. It showed that the richest population owns 84% of the wealth, while the poorest population owns .1%. It’s unbelievable how big the income gap is. This gap has caused many people to be moved into poverty. Where I live, which is in Coppell, Texas, the percentage of people below the poverty line is 2.2%. That 2.2% is 123 people. Compared to the whole population of Coppell of 39,380 it doesn’t seem a lot, but it’s people out there struggling everyday.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    Income inequality is a big problem in our society today. The Richer people have more opportunities and more access to things. Where I live, the middle class has a 2.2% poverty. In other communities the poverty rate is higher, this is extremely unfair. “This movement began in 2011 where protesters around the world demanded an end to what they describe as corporate greed and bank bailouts while ordinary people lose their homes, with no subsidy to rescue them.” There are people that really need the money, and there are those who have too much and don’t know what to do with it. Many lose their homes because of low income and I believe that the government should help those unlucky people. In order to make it fair, the richer should pay higher taxes and the poorer should pay lower taxes.

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    Income inequality is a large problem today. With the wealthy controlling all of the nations money, the poor and lower middle class won’t be able to get out and away from the poverty line. According to http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/, the inequality takes away from the whole American idea “work hard, and get ahead”. According to http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia, The community I am currently living in is very economically better off with only %2.2 of the population under the poverty line. Most of the people working have earned degrees and have a job to match the degrees that they earned, but according to the same site in surrounding communities, the percentage of population under the poverty line can reach more than %20.

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    Income inequality has become a big problem. Citizens all around the U.S struggle with the amount they get payed today, while others are gloating in the big bucks they earn. But, shouldn`t the poor earn that type of feeling too? They work just as hard but yet don`t get anywhere. Higher paying jobs get better income while lower paying jobs income doesn’t really go anywhere. In the video above (in the description) It says the 20 percent of americans now hold 84 percent of U.S. wealth. 20 %!!! Half the people in the U.S are in low-income struggling to pay bills get groceries, get insurance or even gas for there car. while others just blow there money off like theres nothing to it.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    In my town we don’t have a huge inequality problem, but it always there. We are simply, just a lucky community. However, the gap between rich and poor in most of America is much too big and according to CNN (http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/25/news/economy/income-inequality/) if we keep income fair, all of society will be benefited. 1/5 of America holds the majority of the wealth. They may love it, but where does that leave the rest of us? 50% of people are struggling to pay bills because they are low income. The wealthy should get more of equal income to help out the people who have jobs, and still aren’t fully able to support themselves or their family.

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    Income inequality is a major problem of our society. There is huge gap between the wealth of the top 20% and the wealth of the bottom 20%. The bottom 40% of the people in america own a nearly invisible 0.3% of the wealth of the USA. The video says “Most people don’t realize just how big the gap really is.” and “The land of opportunity doesn’t really live up to it’s name.” In my community, Coppell, Texas, work is 2.2% and 123 people are in poverty. The picture below shows that. The pie chart below shows that the difference between the top society and bottom of society in the U.S. is far apart.

  • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

    Income inequality is a huge problem. I live in a middle-class community that has a poverty rate of 2.2%, and I find it VERY unfair that other communities, such as Garland, who have a poverty rate of about 40% You see it everywhere you go. Citizens all around America struggle with the amount they get payed, while others are gloating in the big bucks they earn. But, shouldn`t the poor earn that type of feeling too??? They work just as hard but yet don`t get anywhere.

    • Cole Wierman boydbence

      Ryan, I completely agree with you, income inequality is a big problem these days. Like I said in my post the poor might just have a lower paying job which puts them in the lower class.

  • Guest

    A big Issues that we are having today is inequality. I live in Coppell and inequality isn’t a big problem because Coppell is made up of mostly Middle class people. Coppell has a 2.2% poverty rate.But in other places inequality is a bigger problem. Which Effects people that aren’t in the Upper class. “the inequality takes away from the whole American idea work hard, and get ahead” Inequaitly goes against everything america stands for everyone should have equal opportunities .

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    • Cole Wierman boydbence

      Guest, I totally agree with you. We have the best of it here, with a super low percentage. Just down the road is West Dallas and they have a whopping 50% for their poverty rate.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    A big Issues that we are having today is inequality. I live in Coppell and inequality isn’t a big problem because Coppell is made up of mostly Middle class people. Coppell has a 2.2% poverty rate.But in other places inequality is a bigger problem. Which Effects people that aren’t in the Upper class. “the inequality takes away from the whole American idea work hard, and get ahead” Inequaitly goes against everything america stands for everyone should have equal opportunities. Richer people shouldn’t have more power and opportunities then the Lower and Middle class.

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  • ChristianH_2boydbence

    Before WWII and the Great Depression came around the bottom 90% of America were receiving the half the United States income, there was no income disparity. Afterwards though the economy was drastically changed to mass production and the main stockholders within the company received the pay for the increased efficiency while their work didn’t reflect on their salary. Along with the fact that many jobs have been outsourced meaning that many manufacturing jobs have been dropped causing workers to work lowing paying jobs within the service industry. The reason we have this salary gap, and why its a problem is because theres no correlation between work and paid salary like there was before.

    http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/04/25/income-inequality/

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    Income inequality is a problem we face in today’s society. We separate ourselves by our annual income. If you sit back and watch, you will notice that those of the higher class associate with those also of the higher class, same with those of the middle class, and lower class. Coppell, the city I live in, is a mainly middle class community. Several families are on the higher-middle class side, though. Our poverty rate, according to http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia is 2.2% (123 people out of a population of 39,380). Income inequality is a form of self segregation due to the almost nonexistent interaction between the different social classes. Working to exterminate this social barrier caused by this problem will allow new doors to open for individuals of all classes.

  • Brandon Burlison

    Income Inequality is a problem in todays world the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer because the rich are getting greedy and stockpiling all the money for them selves and not putting it back out there in the world to keep the economy flowing to the poor are getting poorer making lots of poverty around different areas and causing poverty rates to go up, According to data business gov time series the current poverty rate is averaged to 7.5 and in 2000 it was 5.4 by keeping the income fair and keeping the economy moving the USA ail have a better economy and a better life for everyone

    Source http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

    http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/?ref=multimedia

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Brandon,
      I agree with you. I believe that income inequality is a huge problem in todays society.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Brandon,
      I completely agree. The wealthy are going to continue to get more rich, while the poor are going to continue to get more poor.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      Brandon, I completely agree with you, income inequality is a big problem like you said. It is causing segregation in society.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Rich people need to be less greedy with money, because they have more than they need.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, brandon something should be done about the unfair income rates of the US. From increases in taxes for the rich and decreases in taxes for the poor.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Brandon I agree, the rich are taking from the poor and keeping it for themselves. Its a real big problem we have in todays society. There needs to be something done or someone has to try and open up there eyes so they can see whats really happening. In the article above it states that around 2011 there was a protest saying that there was corporate greed and bank bailouts. Since then it has died down but nothing was changed. Why?

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree income inequality is a huge problem. The poor almost have no chance to get more money.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I totally agree, it’s quite clear to see that the Income of the nation is very unbalanced. Sitting on the top of the pile are the chain-owners and monopolized companies, and everyone else has very little pay in comparison. It’s pretty sad, honestly.

    • Claire S 2

      Exactly! As the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and eventually we won’t even have open jobs anymore!

    • Luke_A_Period3

      While I disagree that it is the fault of the rich that the poverty rates are rising, I do think that we should try to spread the wealth of the Mega-rich.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    In the town that I live in our poverty rate is pretty low, but other communities aren’t that lucky. We live in a upper- middle class community. Inequality isn’t a very big problem in our community, but any type inequality is always there. The gap between rich and poor in a lot of america is way too big and according to CNN (http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/2… if we keep income fair, all of society will be benefited. If we work to make this problem go away we can allow all different kinds of doors to open to individuals of all classes. If we keep income fair, parents can support their families and they can take care of themselves.

  • taylor shropshire

    Income inequality is a problem in coppell. there are so really rich people then there are some very poor people! it would be different if maybe it were spread evenly but on one street there are huge houses then on the next street over normal sized houses then another street over very rich then the next very poor! its up and down and yes coppell is a higher class of citizens but its bad how the upperclass are so much richer then middle class! our community has a poverty rate of 2% but in dallas (a city only a 25 to 30 minute drive on a good day is at 59%. If we could balance that out it would benefit the community and the people in it!

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    Income inequality is a big problem. It isn’t as bad in my area of coppell which has a lot of middle class people. But in the areas that have lower class people its bad. The poverty rate in my community is %2.2., but in others areas of dallas its %59.2. There life is a very hard life. Sometimes they don’t have enough money to go to any of the doctors that they need to go to.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    Income inequality is a problem because “the top 1% percent own 84% of this country’s wealth.” This causes people to be in poverty because the wealth is not spread evenly. The higher people in a company are receiving more money and raises while people lower in the company are getting pay cuts or remain with the same pay for years. People of the higher class will always remain the higher class while people in poverty will remain in poverty unless something changes. In our community most people are of the middle class. There is a large variety of jobs. We have part time jobs, full time jobs and summer jobs. We even have jobs for 15 year olds. Income equality needs to be fixed in order save the people from poverty.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    Income inequality is indeed a problem. The more wealthy people are going to stay wealth because they are constantly investing more and more money.

    While the poorer people are going to remain poor or even get more poor because they don’t have a strong foundation to fall back on or keep them standing.

    So the wealthy will get wealthier and the poor will get poorer.

    This causes the poverty rate to go up dramatically. My city is a middle class city, and our poverty rate is only at 2.2%.

    The poverty rate varies from different places. Below is a picture link to a graph of the poverty in Texas.
    http://www.cbpp.org/images/cms//4-13-12sfp-f9.jpg

    you can learn more on the statistics here:

    http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3739

  • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

    Income inequality is still a problem in our society. The rich get richer while the poor are left to struggle. I live in a middle class community that has a poverty rate of
    2.2%, and it seems pretty unfair that cities nearby have a poverty rate of 20%. I think that this is extremely unfair and should be changed.

  • KshitijK_2BoydBence

    Income inequality is a big reason for segregation of the society. The rick get richer and they won’t share any money and that causes society to be off balance. The rich make more money and in that process, middle class lose money. In coppell, there is a 2.2% poverty rate. there is around 900/40,000 people in coppell that are in poverty. that is a lot. these people are suffering so that the rich can get their way. Rich need to help and strike a balance in society. These days people get judged on their bank account rather than personality, and so to survive in this horrid society, they need money.

  • Nicholas_M_Period1_BoydBence

    The amount of income inequality is atrocious within the US. Considering that the top 1% can own 86% of the income. These big corporations employ the poor and take advantage of cheap labor by paying them minimum wage and keeping them below the poverty line. This keeps the poor, poor and the rich, rich. You can especially see this in areas such as Dallas where the poverty rate is as high as 59% in some places. I believe this is because there is high amount of minimum wage jobs so these families move there and are forced into poverty. If you look at my city (Coppell) where the poverty rate is 2% and use the same logic there must be people who are working for higher paying jobs which is mostly correct.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    I live in Coppell, a fairly rich community of people. But there is most definitely a noticeable difference with the rich citizens, and the VERY rich citizens. 2.2% of Coppell is in poverty, meaning 881 people out of 40,022 currently in poverty. I feel like this is a problem because, with people being more rich than others, they seem more important. Due to this, people feel like they deserve more money. I may be wrong, but this is how I see it. A good amount of people have well paying jobs. But, like most cities, some jobs are more well paying than others. This can cause people to get more money than others. I think income needs to stay equal so poverty can lower and more people can have a stable and wealthy life.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    In Queens, where I used to live in, the poverty rate was very large, as you may suspect. In the area I live in today, Coppell, the poverty rate is extremely low. Coppell is known as the rich area, and that is where people typically have high paying jobs. In my hometown of Queens, it is referred to as the ghetto area. There are a lot of people below the poverty line. Yet, when I used to live there I never noticed it. Bill Gates once said “It is not your fault if you were born poor, but it is your fault if you die poor.” I saw a jobless women walking around the local grocery store. Across the street another store was hiring.

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    Income inequality is an issue that is affecting lives everyday. While in the town I live in, Coppell TX, has a poverty rate of 2.2% (or 123 people out of a population of 39,380), that is not the case in surrounding cities. Although this is the lifestyle I am used to, there are cities that have a poverty rate of up to 40%, showing how big the gap is in so many places. This issue is one that is extremely hard to solve, because every solution that arises, there are cons to. While I personally do not have a perfect solution that I have created, there is obviously something that needs to change. I disagree with the idea of taking a huge chunk of money away from the rich, because doing this defeats the purpose of inspiring people to work hard so that they can become successful.

  • Melody_M_2boydbence

    I think that inequality is something that should be fixed because if one person has all the money in the world then what would happen to the others? The one person should help the others out right? Income inequality is a very big problem. I live in Coppell, a middle class community that has a poverty rate of 2.2% and I think it is really unfair that other communities have a why bigger poverty rate. People all around the world struggle with the amount they get payed and others are just swimming in the money they make so why not help them out? I think that if we put a little bit of effort maybe we can solve this problem and really fast.

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    This is a big issue the fact that the rich get richer wile the poor get poorer just shows that the Income Inequality is high. The fact is that the poor cant get there foot in the ground and have a chance to get more money. Wile the rich are investing in businesses and making more money.Something needs to change.

  • AlexW_2BoydBence

    With the rich getting richer and the poor getting even more poor, a great problem is formed in our country. The purpose of cash money is to be exchanged for items and make an ordered society. With 1% of the people having all the money, there will be a problem with them exchanging money because these rich people will not know what to do with all this money. So they keep it and the money becomes dead to the economy.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    today we have lots of issues with inequality. Where i live in coppell we don’t experience that as much as another area would, people say people who are ”poor” work less, sometimes thats not true there are many people doing their best and still struggling in life. Me, Im fortunate to be in a working family and I realize that even in my family sometimes we have tough moments. Low income or inequality should be looked at much more and made to were we don’t have these types of problems and were everyone gets a chance.

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    Income inequality has definitely become a big problem in todays society. Even in the cities that are upper middle class, inequality is still plays a major factor. No, I do not believe that everyone should get paid the same amount of money, but I do believe that there shouldn’t be such a huge gap.

    Below is a picture of income inequality in the United States in 2011.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    I believe that income inequality is a problem in our society. And I have noticed that its a bigger issue in more densely populated areas. Below is a photo that shows the amount of people living in poverty based on the size of the circle; the bigger the circle the larger the amount of people living in poverty. In more remote areas the poverty rate is not that big of an issue. The amount of jobs have affected us because, the economy is horrible and many people are losing their jobs. The high class people are also a reason why income inequality is bad. They’re taking money from the middle and lower class people, which is not a good thing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p047te7AWzY&feature=youtu.be

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    Income inequality has become a problem in many communities. I don’t think that giving everyone the same payroll is the right way to fix this though. People work hard to get those jobs and that payroll but the gap between the higher paying jobs and the lower ones should not be this big. In Coppell, 2.2% of our population is in poverty. Coppell is city that is middle class and has good paying jobs but the astonishing thing is that in Dallas 59.2% of its population is below the poverty line. This gap and amount of people in poverty needs to change or it will only get worse.

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    I defiantly think inequality exists, what with the rich getting richer and poor staying poor, and no one doing anything. about 9,000 out of 10,000 americans have the average income of 30,000, whilst the top 1 of them all make over 24 million. This is the exact opposite of equal income. The gap seriously needs to shorten, but the people on top don’t wanna give away their money because they might fall below. It’s greedy attitudes like that causing this.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    Income inequality is definitely a problem today. The rich get richer while the poor are stuck unable to get out of poverty. The money doesn’t leave the upper class because they spend more and in return make more keeping the money at the top. I don’t think we should pay everyone the same though. In my community the poverty rate is 2.2% while in Dallas it’s 59.2%. I think that more densely populated areas are more likely to have higher poverty rates. There aren’t enough jobs to go around, at least not well paying ones.

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    Income inequality is a big problem in our society today. The upper class have more opportunities for the wok foes and financial purchases. Where I live, the middle class has a 2.2% poverty rate. Thats about 122 people in the city of Coppell. In other cites , towns , and communities the poverty rate will vary. And in some cases it will be higher than it needs to be and we will have a large amount of people in poverty. Acording to PBS.org “the economy added 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent.” This is a good sigh that the government is taking action and changing how many people are unemployed and who can start supporting themselves and there family. Many People lose their homes because of low income and not being able to pay bills. I believe that there should always be opportunities for people to work no matter what job it is these people in poverty need to be getting some sort of income. Weather it is a low or high income there needs to be a change and the govermnet should help make that change. The image below just gives a perspective on families and who exactly is in poverty.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

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  • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

    Income equality is not just a small issue that we can ignore for a little while longer. The longer we wait, the more the money gap will increase. I live in Coppell, which has an unusually low poverty rate of 2.2%, but there are many places, such as Dallas which is the closest city to Coppell, which have as much as or more than about 60% poverty rate. The fact that the top 1% of society gets 86% of income is absolutely ridiculous. If we want our country to grow and develop, that not going to happen when the money is going into a tiny portion of the citizen’s pockets. The more money people in poverty have, the healthier they will likely be, because they will be able to afford things like doctors visits and organic food, and the more they will be able to focus on more important things, like family and their children’s education.

  • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

    At this point I don’t really have a clear opinion about this
    situation. On one hand, most of the wealth is going to the wealthy and people
    of the lower classes in America are getting so little income that they aren’t
    able to get them selves out of the lower class percentage when people of higher
    classes say they should get out of the lower class. On the other hand, people
    of lower classes aren’t getting much and the upper classes are getting the
    wealth they said is because people of the higher classes are the ones that run
    this country. After reading so much on income equality I still don’t know which
    side I would take but this is what I got from this current issue.

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    Income inequality is a big issue in the US, that many people fail to realize. In the video above, when people were asked to choose which graph they thought represented America’s economy, most chose the more equal economy of Sweden. One woman form Haiti said that she pays her taxes, works hard, goes to school, and still never seems to be good enough. Where I live in Coppell, there is a very low poverty rate, compared to that of nearby West Dallas – where more than 50% of it’s population are living in poverty. Also, I think Warren Buffet’s support in raising the upper class’s taxes may help to balance out income inequality.

  • Cole Wierman boydbence

    Income inequality is still a problem in our society. The wealthy are getting richer, while the poor are left to suffer. I live in a middle class community which has a 2.2% poverty rate. Its weird that the near by cities are over a 45% poverty rate such as West Dallas. Although some say that the lower class didn’t work hard enough. Maybe they did and their job just didn’t pay as much as others. I still think Income inequality is a huge issue in our society and it needs to change.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    In response to the first question, I do think that income inequality is a problem in our society. Starting from the income pie graph below, we can see that the richest people in our country have over 80% of the nation’s wealth. On a global scale, the richest 1% has 43 percent of the world’s wealth. The video for the global inequality can be found below. Also below is a cartoon that I feel accurately represents the income gap and how it’s unfair. Just because I’m saying that there’s a problem with the wealth distribution on a national and international scale, I’m not saying that the poor deserve more money or that we should put heavy taxes on the rich. Yes, at some point richest people in the world shouldn’t be able to have more than a couple trillion dollars, but I am a middle class resident and I don’t want to have money that my family worked for taken away. I also understand that I am speaking as a biased person, but people who don’t try to equal out the poverty rate don’t deserve the money that the higher classes have earned.

    For the second question, there is a fairly good spectrum of jobs in my community. They range from bakers to CEOs to nail polishers. I may not be the best representative of the poor population because my area’s poverty rate is at 2.5%. But I still am aware and believe that income inequality is an issue.

    Addressing the third question, the most common separator of classes is lower, middle, and upper class. This line varies from country to country and state to state. And although the wealth of classes can be as diverse as a person having pocket change and another having billions of dollars, the range of jobs and their payment is an even wider gap. “A McDonald’s employee working overtime for nearly four months straight would make as much as the company’s…CEO earned in just 60 minutes,” according to a recent Huffington Post article. The site can be found below. Throughout America and especially the entire world, income equality is a major problem.

    Pie graph source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnQwTS-K6jI#t=119
    Global Wealth inequality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMXD5wxiQNM&feature=youtu.be
    Huffington post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/10/mcdonalds-hourly-pay_n_4414538.html

  • Claire S 2

    Income inequality is a huge problem in our society, because big corporations are just taking all of the money. This makes it even harder for others to make any money at all, especially on top of the low minimum wage. The fact that they have so much of it is only making our poverty worse and worse. And what adds even more sting to this poverty wound is that, according to PBS Newshour, “… according to Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 2.9 unemployed people for every job opening”, so, what’s happening is as more monopolizing people, they’re taking money as we have fewer and fewer job openings, which makes it so that we’ll probably all be unemployed and in poverty in a possibly not so near future.

    Work looks like a lot of things in my community. It can be people working minimum wage jobs, or doing construction, or working full-time jobs. Though, it’s starting to look like less and less people are doing work at all, and it’s very concerning.

    In my community, the spectrum of work looks a bit like this:
    Upper Class = Phone Company managers, Well-known grocery/retail store managers, Middle Class = Teachers, Construction Workers, Lower Class: Grocers, McDonalds Employees, and etc.

  • Guest

    I do not believe that income inequality in my city is a problem. In my city the poverty rate is 2.2% which is only 123 people. This is a very small amount compared to other cities that have thousands of people in poverty. People in my city have high end jobs. Many cities have over 50% in poverty. This is a big gap compared to my city and we should make some changes to try and help people lower their poverty percentage. I still do not think it is a problem, but there are small things that could be done to help. There is a income gap in America, but I do not think that it is a problem. As you can see in the picture that I have attached, the lighter the blue, the less in poverty; the darker the blue, the more in poverty. In the picture there are many darker blue spots, but not as many as I thought there was going to be. I do not think that raising the upper class’s and middle class’s taxes will help the income inequality balance out.

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    I do not believe that income inequality in my city is a problem. In my city the poverty rate is 2.2% which is only 123 people. This is a very small amount compared to other cities that have thousands of people in poverty. People in my city have high end jobs. Many cities have over 50% in poverty. This is a big gap compared to my city and we should make some changes to try and help people lower their poverty percentage. I still do not think it is a problem, but there are small things that could be done to help. There is a income gap in America, but I do not think that it is a problem. As you can see in the picture that I have attached, the lighter the blue, the less in poverty; the darker the blue, the more in poverty. In the picture there are many darker blue spots, but not as many as I thought there was going to be. I do not think that raising the upper class’s and middle class’s taxes will help the income inequality balance out. I have attached a screenshot of “Mapping Poverty In America”.

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    As the stock market comes back many people who have invested in stocks, like gold, earned more money. People who have money to invest are investing and people who don’t, can’t. This is how its always been, income inequality is not a problem. By simply balancing or making incomes equal we throw off our delicate economy. Some other countries try this, they make every one have the same income and thus the property rate of that country goes up. Take North Korea for example, many of there citizens get the same amount of money each month, this has made over 90% under the poverty line. This is not how we want America to be! As stated in the video below, income inequality will always be there, thats how our economy is set up. Other sources have gone as far as to say “…if you are rich and don’t like having the extra money give it to the poor, that might help”. Some jobs will always be in more demand then others or have higher pay. We should not make the well off people with better jobs or more money suffer by making there income equal to the rest.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tjwnMYqaeQ&feature=youtu.be

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    I think that inequality is something that needs to be fixed. Now
    that we are noticing inequality in income some thing should be done. The Rich
    get richer by investing in more and getting more return. What should be done is
    that everyone should have to give a little more to the government then
    government gives it to the lower classes. I liked a point Robert Reich said on
    the PBS news hour “we have a school system that is not really good particularly
    for poor and working class kids.” Which mean the kids don’t have a good
    foundation, so they poor in the lower class. Where I live the poverty rate is
    very low its only 2.2%, and here we have very good education with a 5 star
    rating. I live in Coppell, but the poverty rate in west Dallas in higher its at
    59.2%. Sunset high school, a school in west Dallas only has 3 stars. I liked
    what Warren Buffets said in the PBS News hour “Everybody in this country owns
    some of their good for fortune in some way to the rest of the country.” If everyone just gave a little more effort
    then the problem would be fixed.

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    Poverty has grown and it is rising rapidly. The inequality is getting worse and people are suffering because of it. Income inequality is a major issue right now, and it all ties to poverty rates. I live in a pretty well-off middle-class community that has a poverty rate of 2.2%, and then you see other local communities around us who have a poverty rate of about 40%. We see political leaders gaining a lot of wealth, and they receive very high raises while others receive an average income to which raises make very little difference. However, the fact of the matter is that the middle class keeps the economy going, and not those small portions that hold 80 or so percent of the wealth. Added to the cost of living going up, this is not a good thing. We have sections of people that don’t have the requirements it takes to have the jobs that pay a lot. People that have the best skills get to have those good jobs, and then everyone else just has to sit around and struggle because unemployment is abhorrent as well, and then education rates are out of the roof too! Conditions make it very, very hard to get good salaries properly, and it’s not a good thing. Not everyone can make the same salary, but they should be able to live decently on their salary.

  • Jacob M period3

    The income gap does exist and it all ways will because we have capitalistic economy. Now the only way to make the income gape go away is to become communist. To wear every one is poor so there is vary little income if any. But then even there in an oligarchy there is still a income gap because the few people who run the country get majority of the money. So we cant get rid of the income gap so what do we do. Well according to CNN money, ” The top 10 percent of taxpayers paid over 70% of the total amount collected in federal income taxes in 2010, the latest year figures are available, according to the Tax Foundation, a think tank that advocates for lower taxes. That’s up from 55% in 1986.

    The remaining 90% bore just under 30% of the tax burden. And 47% of all Americans pay hardly anything at all.” So now we narrow it down to the poor paying just about nothing with the top 10% taking one for the team. So according to the IRS you have to make 50 thousand dollars a year or more a year too be put in the 10%. now that includes teachers and firemen and other government workers but they get tax benefits so they are fine so the salutation to the problem is we need to start bringing back manufacturing in america. When we do that we strengthen the middle class to wear when we start spending money in our own country we can be self sustainable on our own.

  • Osvaldo_DeLaCruz_WeirPer2

    I feel many of the comments have the right idea, changing how taxes work for those with different incomes has great merit and is definitely worth trying, that’s a different matter of getting it to work however..

  • Sierra Spring

    I don’t think inequality is that big of a problem. I feel like this Do Now discussion is very one-sided. The video is giving the opinion of “yes it’s a problem” and isn’t really backing up the other side of the debate. The problem here isn’t to limit the wealth of other people, but for people who are in the lower class to try and get a better education. I say this as respectfully as possible, but there are people in the low class that are causing issues because they choose not to get good educations. Yes, there are some people that just can’t help it, but there are so many people that come from different countries with no education at all, or the high school drop outs. There are reasons why kids in America ALWAYS have the opportunity to get an education. There are too many job openings with not enough people with experience to fill them.

  • Guest

    I think income inequality is a problem because people

  • O_killem28

    I think income inequality is a problem because it affects allot of people and it can change the economy. It could start crimes, violence, protest, and more homeless people. One thing I think we should do is improve public schools, closing the gap, and should start taking the rich.

  • simonae favila

    In think that income inequality is a huge problem because, it can cause many people to go in debt. That can lead to a bigger problem because not only do they not have money they end up having to pay with money they don’t even have.

  • andrea

    I think inequality is a problem because younger generation is having a difficult time paying for collage an struggling one thing thong we should do is tax the rich for more money for the schools collages

  • Ale

    I think income inequality is a big problem because most people are the 99% and some cant always maintain they’re family with the money they earn. Most people are willing to work for low paying jobs that are not helping them. Not only is this bad but it can get worse because fighting for low paying jobs can cause crimes and violence against the rich and the poor. something that can be done to solve this problem is to improve public schools so both rich and poor kids can have the same opportunities.

  • Matthew

    I do believe inequality is a huge problem. Students now a days can’t pay for their bills and tuition. Maybe a way we could fix this problem is by increasing the minimum wage like the 1960′s. In the 1960′s the minimum wage was around the 9 to 10 dollar range. And if the society might change in the process. Like less people on the streets and crime decease as well.

  • Jordan L

    I think income inequality is a problem because money plays a part why a lot of students can’t go to college because of the expenses that come with living and taking the class es for that school.Those students can work everyday and every night and still don’t make enough money. One thing that could be changed is people should be paid the same if they work in the same job. This would cause more people to be able to be doctors that could provide help for people in the United States.

  • Andra

    I’m surprised that we don’t hear about more protests, given the huge inequality in the US. I wonder what give our citizens such an illusion of equality…