Although this inequality has probably been more obvious in the Middle East, with all its oil wealth, statistics show it growing here with more and more people who cannot earn a wage sufficient to provide their family with medical care, housing, clothing, and food-- if they can even find a job.
This has required more two income households, overtime, or working several jobs, none of which may offer health insurance. It isn't even a matter of an education as some have the college paper but still can't find jobs that will support a family. A worse problem is that some are not going to be capable of getting that piece of paper and the jobs they used to be able to do with pride and a real sense of purpose have gone overseas leaving behind minimum wage work, if they are lucky, in a service industry.
We now have 1% of our population with the lion's share of the wealth, [Wealth in the US], but not to worry, Congressmen are not among those losing ground-- [Congressional Wealth grew 13% in 2007].
The power of the middle class used to be powerful unions. It was in the government that had put in place, after the Great Depression, regulations on the financial markets, that had improved working conditions through safety regulations, and had tax policies that didn't reward extreme wealth. Those were the years of the growth of the middle.
There are always going to be some for whom there is never enough money. They are the ones who don't care about their fellow citizens but instead wonder what bigger house they can build, what size yacht, how they can display their wealth to impress others. If government doesn't do anything to rein in such levels of wealth, do people really think the rich will do it themselves through donations and living more moderately? The answer is obvious now if it wasn't before. For every Buffett, there are hundreds of others who not only don't care about how others are doing but delight in profiting off the losses they are suffering.
How can anyone find joy when they know their prosperity is being funded by the near poverty of others? Evidently it's not hard for some. Do the ones who think it's not their problem really believe anybody poor just was lazy? This isn't about handing people money, unless they are disabled or children; but about recognizing you cannot tell a man to work if there are no jobs. This is about not asking for a bigger piece of the pie; so there is room for someone else to earn a living wage. It is about not working to get tax policies that make it profitable to send jobs overseas.
Apparently in Egypt, where we were sending $3 billion a year to encourage them to not turn against Israel or us, where we sent our war prisoners for Mubarak's people to torture, the money we sent helped the ruling class to stay in power. From what I can tell, the ordinary people were getting educations that didn't lead to jobs. 40% of their young people were out of work. Does that sound familiar as our own rate of unemployment in young people is becoming a national disgrace?
Some in our country make a big deal out of the very thought that there would be any government help regarding avoiding income disparity. Oh woe, cannot do that or we will be socialist. We haven't seen revolts like in Egypt here in this country.
The tea party, when they have their demonstrations here, want to hold onto more of what they have, are responding to feeling threatened by the idea that health care for all is bad news for them. But if we keep cutting back our police force, find more and more people out of work and feeling powerless, earning paychecks that don't cover their cost of living, we might yet see it.
How can that feel good to anybody? Is there any pleasure in going to a grocery store and knowing some there cannot afford all the food they need for their families-- even with food stamps? Wouldn't it feel good if we all were doing okay, sure some better than others, but all could afford to feed, clothe and shelter our families?
It wouldn't to you? Well then who are you?
I know one thing about you. You're not a follower of Christ's teachings whatever you call yourself. Try reading Matthew 25:31-46 if you don't think the government should be involved in programs to help people who are poor. And if you don't think the poor are your concern, check out the story of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37. The Samaritan wasn't considered a Jew. The story is more like a non-christian helping a Christian. Others passed by the injured man. The Samaritan was the only one to help based on need, a man who was a stranger, a man he didn't ask for repayment or to accept his idea of God. Jesus said at the end of the Parable-- go and do likewise.
No, it cannot be Christians who are denying help to the least of our citizens. They would remember how Jesus said the sheep and goats were being separated based on what they did for the least of their citizens. He wasn't separating them based on pretty words they said. Not what church they attended, their being baptized; no, it was what they did for those in need.
Churches that might be buying themselves fancy temples and big gymnasiums for their members' use, sending a few dimes off to help others while they try to gain new members, churches like that, if there were any, of course, would find themselves covered in the Book of Revelations with its analysis of what might be expected in the end times.
No, it cannot be followers of Christ, who would be denying help to the people in this country. So who is it?
Oh I can hear the right now saying we give to our church or the missionary service we support. Jesus wasn't talking about that. Funny there is no reference in anything Jesus said anywhere about building big temples to him or gymnasiums.
Also in this particular one, he's talking about a reckoning of the nations. Who might the nations be? Many countries take great pride in their military. Think a big powerful military will make points with him?
His words really are a blueprint for what many righties today call socialism. Now he doesn't talk about how it's okay to call it help while it's wasted on fraud. The responsibility of the nations would be to be sure it's not-- that it really does help.
The kind of help that Christ is talking about we can and have offered through government programs. When it's effectively done, it's a hand up, not a hand-out. That's though socialism to the right wing.
Do we need words from a holy book to convince us it's the right thing to do and we all will benefit from that rising tide that carries all citizens with it? You know most of the non-believers I know already believe in helping others-- they don't need a carrot or a stick to convince them either.
"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see you sick, or in prison and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of the brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." "...truly, I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to the least one of these, you did not do it to Me.' translation from New American Standard BibleWill we get the message before it's too late here?