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The Wealth Gap

The chart graphically shows how the tax code has resulted in a redistribution of wealth. Few people realize the extent to which poverty has grown in the U.S. and the extent to which prosperity has been concentrated in the nonprofit sector and the wealthiest 10%.

"[T]he increasing differences between those few who grow ever richer and the many who grow hopelessly poorer, should be a cause for dismay," according to Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the Diplomatic Corps on January 7, 2013.

"Ultimately, we are interested in the question of relative standards of living and economic well-being. We need to examine trends in the distribution of wealth, which, more fundamentally than earnings or income, represents a measure of the ability of households to consume." Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank

See also Wealth Distribution Video based upon a survey of what people thought was the wealth distribution was and what they think it should be and chart comparing wealth distribution to map of USA.