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The rise of the working poor and the non-working rich
The rise of the working poor and the non-working rich

Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they're lazy. As House Speaker John Boehner has said, the poor have a notion that "I really don't have to work. I don't really want to do this. I think I'd rather just sit around." In reality, a large and growing share of the nation's poor work full time -- sometimes 60 or more hours a week -- yet still don't earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. It's also commonly believed, especially among Republicans, that the rich deserve their wealth because they work harder than others. In reality, a large and growing portion of the super-rich have never broken a...

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