Recently Townhall had an excellent article on this subject. Liberals love to bring out the theory of “income inequality” to address every perceived problem in our culture – whether it’s global warming, breast cancer, riots in Sweden, France, or the disappearance of the arctic ice shelf – it’s “income inequality” that is the culprit.
To sum it up:
1) Income Inequality is “settled” science.
2) The world will end if we don’t address it.
3) Rich people and government types- our betters- agree on this.
4) We must do something about it immediately.
Much of the hype about income inequality in the Western world is more about the changing dynamics of society and the make-up of households than it is about income.
The Pew Trust recently released a report that shows that one of the prime movers behind income inequality isn’t income at all, but the growing number of single mother household, which have rocketed from 7.3 percent of all households to 25.3 percent of all households since 1960.
While noting that 40 percent of all households now have either a woman earning more than a man or a woman as sole provider, the study also says there is a huge difference between married households and single mother households.
“The income gap between the two groups is quite large,” says Pew. “The median total family income of married mothers who earn more than their husbands was nearly $80,000 in 2011, well above the national median of $57,100 for all families with children, and nearly four times the $23,000 median for families led by a single mother.”
So, in other words, traditionally married couples, with moms as breadwinners, enjoy a household income that is 40 percent higher than the national average and nearly 400 percent higher than single moms.
Of course, the only people surprised by the finding are liberals. See? it’s your fault that single mothers are poor. And your fault that Africans can't have air conditioning. We need, it seems, to follow the European model, because, yeah, that’s working out so well right now.
The liberal agenda’s favors seduce the people a little at a time, always playing on their regressive longings to be indulged. Favor by favor, accompanied by the constant drumbeat of entitlement propaganda, the otherwise intelligent citizen is led to an increasingly erroneous conception of the proper role of government in a free society. Like a child molester, the liberal politician grooms his constituents until their natural cautions against yielding power in exchange for favors dissolves in reassurance.
Under the creed of modern liberalism the individual citizen is not called to maturity but is instead invited to begin a second childhood. Like the child at play, he is given, or at least promised, ultimate economic, social and political security without having to assume responsibility for himself. The liberal agenda requires him to remain in an artificial environment--the daycare program of the grandiose state--where he need not become an adult, take responsibility for his own welfare, nor cooperate with others to achieve what the state will give him for nothing.
Our Founders envisioned a state that would focus on society honoring the principles of rational individualism, where the citizen’s choices will be influenced by ideals of individual liberty, self-reliance, personal responsibility, voluntary cooperation, moral realism, and respect for the rights and sovereignty of others. If they saw America today, they’d be turning in their graves.