VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE: Approaching America’s Wealth Gap


Posted: May 5, 2013 at 2 a.m.

Many people believe the wealth gap in America is a terrible thing. They suggest it is something that punishes the poor and divides our nation. The reality is, the wealth gap doesn’t DO anything. It is the product of a free nation that encourages hard work, innovation and risk taking. That behavior, in turn, creates a financial difference (gap if you will) between the more successful and the less successful.

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Opinion, Pages 13 on 05/05/2013

"Next, we need a new and improved organized labor system that works with management, not as an adversary to it.."
Congratulations, Kevin Canfield, you have just reinvented the "company union" sometimes called a yellow union.
Company unions are promoted to prevent the formation of real unions.
The problem is, there is an inescapable antagonism between wages and profits.
That is why most employers pay the least wages they can get away with (Henry Ford was exceptional) and why they outsource and why they trend towards automation.

Posted by: Coralie

May 6, 2013 at 1:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Canfield says "Our government is incredibly inefficient and famous for waste, fraud and abuse. "
That is the prevailing myth among "conservatives" but I would like to see actual comparisons with large industries and with governments of other countries.
Fayettevillefreethinker has made several posts on these threads showing that several large government programs such as Medicare actually operate much more efficiently and inexpensively than the private equivalent.
Our private health care system costs twice as much as that in other countries that offer comparable care, to more of their citizens.

Posted by: Coralie

May 6, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

yes coralie you are right on.

i think tho that the health care indurstry needs to be NONprofit and the goal to provide health care for all americans. not to make profits.

Posted by: ladyLiberty

May 6, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I was dumb and poor most of my life, now I'm just dumb. Give me free healthcare.

Posted by: JailBird

May 6, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Certainly, we need to increase our manufacturing sector, because it will create millions of new jobs. Next, we need a new and improved organized labor system that works with management, not as an adversary to it."

next myth? We have been increasing our manufacturing sector but it doesn't produce jobs as it once did. Perhaps Canfield needs to read up on cybernetics.

Posted by: cdawg

May 6, 2013 at 8:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Canfield is the voice from the middle..
The middle between right and way far right.

Posted by: Coralie

May 10, 2013 at 1:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )