Reacting To The Wealth Gap

Because of the way interest works, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Capitalism naturally widens the wealth gap over time. Where do you fit on the scale with your reaction to that fact?

  1. I don’t believe it. The wealth gap is stable. Most of the poor drive Cadillacs; Andrew Breitbart said so. Nobody has any right to complain.
  2. The wealth gap is a darn good thing. The lazy poor deserve to be punished for their idleness. We should change the tax system to widen the gap even faster.
  3. Everything is just fine the way it is. Hard workers are rewarded and deadbeats are punished. Anything else is theft. Our current tax policies will gradually widen the wealth gap naturally, as God intended.
  4. You need a stable economy. The tax system should be designed to hold the wealth gap stable.
  5. The tax system should be rolled back to the way in was in the prosperous 50s when the wealth gap was much narrower.
  6. The rich earn their money primary by theft, deception and extortion. There should be laws to protect consumers and employees from them.
  7. The rich should not be able to sponge off everyone else with monopolies. Wherever there is a natural monopoly, it should be highly regulated or run by the government. Companies should be prevented from mergers that have a serious effect on competition.
  8. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need, is just a theoretical goal. In practice humans need incentives to put out any significant effort. We should not be encouraging people to consume more than they need or to produce more than we need. Unbridled consumerism is destroying the earth. For a sustainable future, we have to make things stretch.
  9. The ballooning wealth gap is a terrible thing. The lazy rich should have any wealth they did not actually earn confiscated. A rousing chorus the L’Internationale anyone?
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)