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  • More fundamentally, this kind of gaping inequality gives lie to the promise at the very heart of America: that this is the place where you can make it if you try. We tell people that in this country, even if you're born with nothing, hard work can get you into the middle class; and that your children will have the chance to do even better than you. That's why immigrants from around the world flocked to our shores.

    Barack Obama's Remarks on the Economy in Osawatomie, Kansas, obamawhitehouse.archives.gov. December 6, 2011.
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