Spoken like a man who knows absolutely nothing about economics or history. When in history has it ever been the case that wealth has been equally distributed in a society, or even more equally distributed than what we see in America today? Never, that's when.
Take China for example. Here is the largest remaining socialistic haven on earth and here the "rich" control well over 90% of the wealth, the "middle class" is miniscule compared to the middle class in America, and lives life hoping one day to achieve the material comforts typically enjoyed by the American poor! If that's what you call "gutted", then please, don't fix that engine!!!!!!