- From "The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America's Middle Class" by Jeff Tietz, Rolling Stone magazine. The article details the harrowing experience of recession victims, many of whom have done "all the right things" and never been unemployed before.
Inequality is starkly worse in the USA than in other "developed" countries, as shown in the graph below (source):
That uses data from 2010, but according to the official Census it's getting worse:
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