It goes way beyond just income disparity, AdamT. Whether there is a dramatic income disparity or not, when there are incentives for banks to extend bad loans all across the country and then package those debts into a myriad of other financial instruments, it is an act of financial warfare that resembles biological warfare. The deliberate spreading of contagions. When there are virtually no cost containment incentives in a health care industry, it's going to make more people poor. Free trade, globalization and trade deficits, half the country or more scared ****less of its government's outrageous spending levels and therefore nervous about investing money, we're all buying less from small businesses and more from giant corporations, and even population and immigration play a part in all this. ... It goes on and on.
Our underlying problem cannot be simplified to the rich being too rich. Repeating the same things about wealth or income gaps attempts to hint that it's a root cause. These things are dynamic and mutually reinforcing patterns. Showing them as causal and linear skews and oversimplifies the argument.