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Opinion

January 28, 2014

Income equality is an impossible dream

As I write this piece we are talking about income inequality in our nation and the problems it creates in our society. It’s also the problem of the “class warfare” that Democrats and President Obama have brought to the forefront of their agenda to create a larger government to control our lives from the beginning to the end.

There has been this problem in our society from our start and it will always be a problem as man strives for a more perfect government. The problem is not just ours; it is a problem in every free society. Just recently France has raised its tax rate on those making $1 million or more to a tax rate of 75 percent so their socialist nation can continue to pay for all its social programs. This is a classic example of mankind’s struggle to create a better society, failing to realize all men are not created equal.

I remember the comedian Alan King and these words from one of his TV shows: “It’s 10 o’clock and just think, somewhere in the world a person has an appointment with a doctor and this doctor happens to be the worst doctor in the world.” All men are not created equal.

When progressives talk about income inequality, just what do they mean? Are we all to make millions, to live in mansions and have a Rolls Royce in the driveway? I think not. That is an impossible dream, but what do they mean?

There are many reasons for our current income inequality problem. The largest reason for this problem is our nation’s loss of manufacturing jobs that at one time was the backbone of our economy. Gone are the steel mills, shipyards, woolen mills, shoe companies, clothing companies and on and on. Our manufacturing industry has been decimated, sent overseas and has laid waste to our nation’s economy. The good jobs are gone and all we are left with are low-paying jobs.

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