The land of equality?

February 4th, 2018 by Ken

Recent efforts to draw attention to the inequities in American life are just a continuation of centuries of effort.

America has never been a country of equals.

We’ve had rich and we’ve had poor; and we have had since the country was first settled.

When our founding fathers said “All men are created equal” they really meant all men are created equal under the law.  Not that everyone is equal in standing or financial status.

Sometime in the last 50 years or so, someone has gotten the idea that everyone in American should be equal.  That no one should stand out above anyone else when it comes to financial standing.

And further, that it is government’s responsibility to see that everyone is equal – particularly when it comes to money.  The concept of a minimum wage is a perfect example.  It’s gotten even stronger since the failure of Communism has been forgotten.

The one percent has claimed a majority of wealth in this country and always has.  You can look at names like Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford and a handful of others as an example.  Recent wealth is now in hands of others with common names as well.

So – what is causing this latest outburst over wealth inequity?

Middle class wages are slowly disappearing as good paying jobs have migrated overseas.   Large multi-national corporations are making money and moving that wealth overseas to take advantage of tax shelters.   Recent efforts by the Trump administration has helped in bringing some of that money back home – but there’s a long way to go.

And, finally, the climate of this country has changed.  When once government was seen as a necessary evil – it’s now looked to as being the solution to inequitable distribution of wealth.   In other words – take from the rich and give to the poor. – the tenants of socialism.

The United States has never been a country where wealth was equally distributed – and it’s never been the land of financial equality.  The more government tries to redistribute wealth – the more it will face retribution from the voters.  Just ask Trump supporters.

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