Washington, DC - "Income inequality is real," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. He explained that the inequality is between workers who have full-time jobs and those who have given up on looking for jobs or who have had to take part-time jobs to make ends meet.
"And that is a direct result of inadequate, progressive post-recession policies that have left the nation's economy in shambles. In the past the government took steps to revitalize the economy, to create an environment that fosters the creation of jobs which provide acceptable livelihoods for workers and their families. This time around the aim was to restructure the economy to allow for more social programs. The result has been consistent, lack-luster job creation and a faltering economy," Weber said.
"It's gotten so bad," he added, "that there's a new term going around. It is the 'gig economy' and it means that more and more people are falling back on contract work to earn a living. Perhaps whoever came up with that nickname thought it would make those who are not adequately employed feel better. It doesn't."
Weber described "income inequality" as a politically expedient catchphrase used by progressive bureaucrats whose real objective is income confiscation. "It gives them license to spawn onerous regulations and taxation schemes that generate revenue for social programs that, in turn, make the electorate dependent on the current government's generosity come election day. You might call it a political double-whammy."
The AMAC chief is not alone in his economic assessment. The Manhattan Institute, for example, came to this conclusion when it studied the notion of income inequality: "The central problem facing the economy is that income growth over the past few years has been modest to nonexistent, as a result of the financial crisis, the subsequent recession, and an extremely modest recovery. Moreover, policies that aim only to redistribute wealth-rather than generate real economic growth and opportunity-are unlikely to solve, or even meaningfully address, the slow growth trajectory for wages."
The so-called Great Recession was officially at an end nearly six years ago but despite the passage of some half-dozen years, a variety of polls still show that a great many Americans feel like they are still in the throes of economic disorder.
"We are bound to hear the term income inequality repeated over and over as we approach the 2016 Presidential election. But it's a battle cry that will increasingly fail to rouse voters. They want and need an equal chance to get a job and use their God-given talents to succeed on their own. They know that in a country where you take from the haves and give to the have-nots, there are no winners and where there are no winners there are only losers."
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