Progressives have a new Armageddon, namely income inequality, and, yes, there are some things to be worried about, not least of all what the progressives themselves will do about it.
In the end, many are not really egalitarian at all. They are instead neo-aristocrats who think the ordinary Joe and Jane cannot tie their own shoes without help from Washington.
Mighty mistakes from such stunted attitudes grow. And while you might say you’ve never heard liberal politicians talk like that, large numbers of them definitely act like that.
Michael Moore, the maker of doltish documentaries lucky to get a single fact straight, once said we were “the dumbest people on the planet,” that our “stupidity is embarrassing” and even wrote a book called “Stupid White Men ... And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation.” Actually, the book did prove that some slow-witted folks are out there. It made the best-seller list, but wait, so did “Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man” by David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke.
To address income inequality — and forgetting about equal rights, equal human worth and equality in the way we regard each other — many progressives are gearing up to intervene hurtfully again, aiming, for instance, to tell businesses how much they can afford to pay employees when they cannot possibly know and thereby costing many of those employees working hours if not their jobs.
A real problem making us less equal in outcome is fatherless homes that contribute mightily to more school dropouts, more crime, more poverty.
It’s in part a matter of welfare programs that put wrong incentive in place, but is also a sociocultural issue that calls for moral leadership.
Jay Ambrose writes for
the Scripps Howard News Service.