Sunday, April 14, 2013

Thoughts on the growing economic divide

Perhaps there is no shame in being wealthy.  But how about when one's personal or corporate wealth is shielded from taxes in a foreign country or by numerous tax loopholes?  How about when corporations lay off employees, often creating great stress on those still remaining, simply to maximize shareholder value?  What about when the average CEO makes 360 times their average worker's salaries?  Lastly, what do you think about the growing numbers of people who are working full time but are unable to raise a family, or have health care coverage on their meager wages?

Bill Moyers expounds on the growing gap between the "haves" and "have nots" in his essay "The United States of Inequity."  Mr. Moyer's sums up his observation of the current situation in the United States... “A petty, narcissistic, pridefully ignorant politics has come to dominate and paralyze our government, while millions of people keep falling through the gaping hole that has turned us into the United States of Inequality.”

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