The news last night was that the wealthiest 20% of the population have 84 % of the wealth. What they didn't say was how the rich get that way. The two most common ways to get rich are crime and inheritance. Anything involving a sharp mind or hard work is, at best, in a very distant fourth place. (Marriage is in third place.) And a great deal of luck is involved as well.
The republican party was bought and is owned by the rich.