Wednesday, March 15, 2006

inequality and all that

Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein has a good column today on how relatively modest steps could be taken to reduce inequality in wealth (that is, help the poor) in this rich country without ruining capitalism or making us into France or anything like that. He's right. No matter how we doll it up with bullshit about rising tides lifting boats and the rich making jobs for all us little people if they can just keep all of their money, it is a moral choice (dare I say, an unChristian choice?) when we refuse to redistribute a little bit of money to those less fortunate. And it is a moral choice when we DO choose to redistribute money to the rich through anti-Robin-Hood style tax cuts for the upper brackets...

Because there are plenty of people out their who ain't getting rich in the modern Republican banana-republic we call the US of A. Like these people, who make on average less than $7 an hour sewing uniforms for our armed forces...