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3 Questions We Should Ask About Income Inequality

Income inequality has become a talking point for political campaigns in both parties. At times it feels that this is the one of the most important issues facing our country (and perhaps the world). The more I study Proverbs, the more I'm convinced there is nothing wrong with being rich and nothing shameful about being poor. So here are a couple extra thoughts on income inequality.

1. A huge gap exists between the top and bottom earners in America. This is a fact. But I fear that painting this disparity as the main problem creates an unsolvable dilemma unless we are going to pursue "income equality" which, if you really think about it, is a practical impossibility.

2. Jealousy is never good policy. Inspiring people to action by pointing out that others have more than them will never create the type of change necessary to truly address poverty issues in our country.

Instead of focusing on the size of the income gap and asking how we can reduce that gap, I would suggest the following three questions:

1 - How might we enable the poor to improve their lives and earning potential?

2 - How might we protect against those who would gain wealth through fraud, deception or abuse?

3- How might we encourage all people to generously care for those around them?


Perhaps I am a bit to altruistic or living in the world of "oughta-be"... But that's where I sit tonight.

Comments

  1. Thanks for this David... sharing your questions on our Two Cents blog where we try to wrestle with the area where FAITH and FINANCES interconnect... http://twocents.co/features/what-if-we-asked-the-right-questions-about-poverty

    Great way of looking at this issue and hopefully get people starting to dialogue.
    Keep on!
    love brett fish [www.commonchange.com]

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