The Poor Stay Poor The poor stay poor - Economy "The spread between the rich and poor has also widened, as income inequality increases. The difference in median income between the highest and lowest quintiles was $80,500 during the 1996-2006 period. That's nearly $30,000 more than it was two decades earlier." Not sure what other's thoughts are on this, but I have a couple.... -If one is on gov't assistance and doesn't work their tail off to better themselves, do they deserve to be "better off" today than they were 20 years ago? -People who experience some success typically work for more success and market themselves for jobs that pay more over time. The "poverty-cycle" isn't about victims...or at least if one wants to get out of it, they have to stop being a victim and do something about it. That is no one's responsibility but the individual. My annual earnings went from near poverty 20 years ago to almost 6 times that salary today. Did I have to work for it? Yes, I did. One can't rely upon gov't assistance and then cry about being in the same place 20 years later if you're still on gov't assistance.