|It’s not easy to pull yourself out of poverty|
Letter to the Editor:
Robert Reich, in his recent column “Conservatives point to poverty,” criticizes conservatives because they place more emphasis on the problem of poverty than they do on inequality. Why not?We should care more about the poor than we do about the gap between the super rich and the impoverished. What difference does it make whether there are 10 or 1,000 billionaires in the country? The important measure is the number of people in poverty and how well are we doing in making it possible for them to succeed.
Liberals continue to generate class envy. And yet, income inequality has increased during the Obama years. Their stale solutions rest on higher taxes on the wealthy and more entitlement spending.
Economist Walter Williams makes the case that taxing the rich more actually represents the government confiscating money from one group and giving to another. Politicians solicit votes from one segment of the population by promising various kinds of goodies. “Don’t worry, we will just tax the rich guys more.”
Reich laments inequality of political power between the rich and the poor. That has always been partially true. But both Republicans and Democrats inhabit the halls of influence. And the middle class exerts great power at the voting booth through union activism and other forces.
Liberals harp on the influence of corporations, but they don’t criticize their wealthy, left wing buddies in the entertainment industry.
We must not be so naive as to think that it is easy to pull yourself out of poverty. The barriers are not power structures or the number of rich citizens among us. But the government needs to stay out of the way of progress. There is too much regulation making it difficult for businesses to hire more workers. The Congressional Budget Office this week estimated that Obamacare will result in the loss of 2.5 million full-time jobs in the next few years.
Let’s do better as a society. We can learn lessons from our immigrant ancestors. Nearly all of them came to their new land with meager possessions. They worked hard. In time, the rules for success became apparent. Three things are important for a young person. Graduate from high school, don’t get addicted to drugs or alcohol, and don’t have a child before you get married.
Warren E. Anderson
|Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:18 PM|