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July 14, 2014

The <em>Last Week Tonight</em> host on America's wealth gap, impractical optimism, and nonsensical grammar.

On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver delivered an excellent 15-minute segment on the wealth gap in America. Oliver took Democrat leaders to task for their recent backing down off the topic of income inequality despite President Obama’s speech last December referring to it as the “defining challenge of our time.”

In this segment, Oliver sheds light on the impracticality of America’s optimism, as seen in people who submit themselves to reality TV talent shows and lower- and middle-class citizens concerned with the federal estate tax despite the fact that it likely will never apply to them. Oliver points out how the gap between America’s rich and poor makes these dreams far too unrealistic: “If our economy was a little league game,” he says, “someone would have called it by now.”

Watch the whole thing here: