Nation’s Wealthiest Congressman: Poor Americans Are ‘Envy Of The World’

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May 8, 2015 4:04 p.m.

California Rep. Darrell Issa (R) told CNN Money on Thursday that poor people in America are “somewhat the envy of the world.”

Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress, told the outlet that while the nation still has a way to go with income inequality, it’s doing pretty well.

“America is the richest country on Earth because we’ve been able to put capital together and we’ve been able to make our poor somewhat the envy of the world,” Issa said.

He also said that because we have to compete with the rest of the world, comparing conditions in Third World countries was an appropriate barometer for our performance in the global economy.

“If you go to India or you go to any number of other Third World countries, you have two problems,” he said. “You have greater inequality of income and wealth. You also have less opportunity for people to rise from the have not to the have.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of CNN Money:

h/t Addicting Info

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