5 Reasons to Care About America's Income Gap

How the Divide Between Rich & Poor Affects Us All

The Income Gap & Why We Should Care

Two weeks ago, we looked at some numbers that suggested the gap between rich and poor in the United States is growing. Last week, we considered some possible reasons for this growing inequality.

This week, we answer perhaps the most important question: So what? 

The numbers suggest the real income of the poor is holding steady; it is the soaring income of those at the top that is widening the gap. Why then should that one number -- the difference between the top and the bottom -- be of concern?

According to several analyses, income inequality can cause problems for everyone, no matter where you fall on the earnings scale.