THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER.
It’s always been true and it always will be. In any society that chooses to ignore this natural and well-known phenomenon, wealth will always become more and more concentrated. “Free Markets” don’t bring fairness, they bring the opposite, because they allow this natural process of wealth concentration to go unimpeded. And as the Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer. That is, unless we do something about it. It is the moral responsibility of government to respond, because despite the noble efforts of the charitable, the problem remains. And it remains our collective responsibility to address it.
HOW DO WE RESPOND?
To respond to this moral imperative of creating a Just Economy, the government must act as a counterweight to the forces and power imbalances that lead the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer. Progressive Income Tax has long been and remains central to this effort. The greater one’s income, the higher should be one’s tax rate. And there is a moral imperative to use this money to address the needs of the economically disadvantaged, to alleviate their burden. Much of this can be done by providing universal services to all. Universal Healthcare (Medicare for All), UNIVERSAL FREE CHILDCARE, and UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME. It is also a moral imperative that we guarantee basic necessities of humane living: housing, food, and employment (FEDERAL JOBS GUARANTEE). As FDR insisted, our concept of freedom as a right must be expanded to include freedom from want.
ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS
In addition to the above, workers have a right to unionize, in order to correct the natural power imbalance in employment. Workers have a right to paid family leave, sick leave, and vacation. Borrowers have a right not to be charged excessive interest (usery). Employers must be required to provide a safe and healthy work environment. Employers and Landlords may not discriminate on race, religion, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation. Businesses have a responsibility not to pollute the environment to the detriment of public health.
"Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings" ~ Nelson Mandela
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