A response to Robert Reich
Robert Reich’s column, “The State of the Disunion,” caught and held my attention on Thursday, Feb. 7.
I heard Mr. Reich speak at Lock Haven University some years ago and was impressed both by what he had to say about the future of jobs in America and by his biography. Well-educated, brilliant and trusted by two presidents, Carter and Clinton, this man sat at the elbows of very powerful men who sought out his counsel.
But I must say that I was confused by his thesis that wealthy people were getting richer and poor people were getting poorer because of policies established by America’s oligarchy, led by President Trump and Congress.
He lamented the fact that influential Democrats planning to run for president in 2020 are content to highlight racism, immigration and gender issues, while ignoring the ever growing divide between a small minority of people with all the wealth and power and a huge majority who have none.
He wants the wealth and power shared by us all.
Simple. Put a 70% tax on the very rich. Let that money pay for universal Medicare, free education for all and for all the needs of the needy.
See? Make the rich poorer and the poor richer.
Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi agrees with this idea. So do Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finds grossly wealthy people immoral, while calling the poor victims of a terribly unfair system that must be improved.
Of course, all of the above, except the bartending Rep. Cortez, are millionaires, as is Mr. Reich.
I believe that if Ms. Cortez will only continue to berate a system that treats the poor as badly as ours does, eventually she too will be a millionaire.
No other profession affords its members the opportunity to expound so loudly and accomplish so little, year after year, with the possible exception of meteorology.