Letter: Just who does government work for? - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Letter: Just who does government work for?

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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 3:53 pm

The Census reveals that almost 50 percent of Americans can be considered either poor or barely keeping their heads above water as low-income earners.

Income inequality in America is greater than it has ever been and it is dragging the American economy down as the few get richer and millions more Americans get poorer!

The six members of the WalMart family alone control as much wealth as the poorest 90 million Americans combined.

The 400 richest Americans hold more combined wealth than the bottom 60 percent.

While prices have more than doubled since the 1980s, incomes have barely risen for the vast majority of working Americans.

This trend is the No. 1 reason our economy continues to falter. As most Americans fall further and further behind, they have less and less to spend and that reduces demand and any reason for small businesses to expand. 

Common sense should tell us that putting more money into the hands of 180 million Americans who will spend it, is far more valuable to boosting economic growth than padding the offshore bank accounts of the rich and famous!

This next election is NOT about the size of government or how much they spend, it’s really about who our government really works for? 

Are they making the right choices to better the lives of the majority of Americans or are they simply beholding to the 1 percent who want to be kingmakers and control Congress?

The past 30 years should clearly show us we need to make drastic changes now! Before it’s too late!

Rod Livdahl


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