The Common Good

Spreading the Wealth

After three decades of "concentrate the wealth," we could really use some "spreading the wealth."

Some pundits and politicians have pounced on Barack Obama's statement to the iconic Joe the Plumber that a healthy society "spreads wealth around." They dangle this as evidence of Obama's pro-tax socialistic tendencies.

But the conversation about "spreading the wealth" goes to the heart of several ethical questions: What kind of society are we becoming? How much inequality can we handle? And have we completely forgotten the lessons of the last 70 years?

A mass confession is in order. What I'd really like to see is a parade of all the people who benefited from the massive "spread the wealth" programs in the 30 years after World War II.

Envision this: Millions of people

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