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Biggest U.S. problem is at home

The phrase “everything’s bigger in Texas” refers to Texas’ love for things to be bigger, but if that phrase were to pertain to the world the phrase would be “everything’s bigger in America.” The food, the cars, the people and most importantly the income gap between the rich and the poor. Everything is bigger.

Americans are losing their jobs, their homes and their money, but how is it that through this recession that the rich have kept getting richer?

Our government has been trying to handle a lot of other countries’ problems and attempt to play peacemaker of the world, but the government needs to handle the problems on American soil first, this being the most pertinent one.

A functioning society needs a middle class, and with the gap from the top 1 percent and everyone else becoming bigger than it has ever been since the 1920’s we are looking at something that will only get worse as time goes by.

The first thing that needs to be addressed is how the government can create a strong middle class again. We do not need to look at the top 1 percent and blame them, they got there and we want them to stay there and stay rich, but what America needs is a steady growth of income on all levels.

If the rich are getting richer, we should see the middle class and the poor getting richer as well.

The number of Americans who self-identify as poor has doubled over the last 15 years and the number of Americans who self-identify as middle class has fallen which was the only one that has fallen over the last 15 years out of the five categories Americans say they identify with, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why is it that there has only been a difference between people who identify as poor and middle class? Have more Americans given up on the “American dream?”

America needs to stop trying to save the world and save itself.

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