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Is the economy rigged? Well the 15 richest Americans acquired more wealth in two years than the bottom 100 million people combined. I'm Bernie Sanders and I approve this message. My plan. Make Wall Street banks and the ultra-rich pay their fair share of taxes, provide living wages for working people, ensure equal pay for women. The middle class will continue to disappear unless we level the playing field. With your help, as President, we will.
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Bernie Sanders has made income inequality a theme in his campaign. In this ad, he asks, "Is the economy rigged? Well, the fifteen richest Americans acquired more wealth in two years than the bottom one hundred million people combined.” The Washington Post's Fact Checker gives the claim one Pinocchio. "[T]he math generally adds up," writes Glenn Kessler, but it doesn't account for how the "net worth of the bottom 40 percent is dragged down significantly by the negative net worth of the bottom 15 percent." Kessler notes that it also doesn't take into account how the wealth of the nation's billionaires is "heavily impacted by the gyrations of the stock market."

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