Ask Americans, as Micheal I. Norton and Daniel Ariely did in this study, to build their ideal system of wealth distribution and they choose something that looks very different than the United States. They build a system that looks a lot more like Sweden. See this interactive infographic. Perhaps it's why U.S. President Obama has been talking more about the problem of income inequality, saying "inequality begets inequality". Miles Corak writes an accessible blog post about the president's economic report and the diminishing promise of economic mobility in that country.