Even before the financial crisis hit, we were going through a decade where a few at the top were doing better and better, but most families were working harder and harder just to get by.

from President Barack Obama – Remarks by the President on Jobs for the Middle Class, 07/30/13 on Rap Genius

Meaning

Actually, the use income gap has been growing steadily for much longer than just the decade preceding the Great Recession; according to a Congressional Budget Office report, income inequality has been increasing for the past fort years.

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