The Common Good

Is That All There Is?

Date: June 4, 2013

Jim Wallis, America's leading prophetic voice, came to The City Club of San Diego recently to speak about his new book, "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good."

Dr. Wallis said:

"At the height of America's near economic collapse during George W. Bush's presidency, seven percent of the wealthiest people in our country saw their incomes rise 28 percent; the other 93 percent saw theirs decline four percent!"

As often noted in the 89 monthly columns preceding this, the greatest threat our democracy faces is not from terrorists but from the ever-widening wealth divide.

No democracy can stand, even the world's oldest, when one percent of its people control 43-percent of the wealth and the next four percent control an additional 29 percent (source, Forbes Magazine). A fact dramatically illustrated by five members of one family, the Waltons of Walmart, having more wealth than 150,000,000 of the rest of us.