Essay on The Gap Between The Rich And The Poor

1011 Words Feb 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and presenter of the documentary Inequality for All, once said “The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches - with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone - was once at the core of the American Dream. Unfortunately today we know that this is no longer the case in the United States. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to increase as the rich get richer and the poor can’t get out of poverty. Contrary to popular belief this is not due to lack of hard work but due to a lack of opportunity and this has become a huge problem for the United States. Although we can’t have every person in this country be wealthy due to the system of capitalism, it is possible to decrease the gap of inequality as we have done before such as in this country. It is also true that history repeats itself, as we have seen this high income inequality before in our country during the Gilded Age. Our current society and economy mirrors the conditions in the Gilded Age to a great extent, due to the lack of opportunities for the working class and the high income inequality. During the Gilded Age there were no options for the working class to get out of poverty and although much has changed, today there is also a lack of opportunity for the working class. It would be ludicrous to compare the working class of the Gilded Age to our working class today, during the Gilded Age workers suffered with not only terrible working…

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