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Closing the gap between haves and have nots

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Dear Editor:

In his letter to the editor of Dec. 13, "Nullifying the estate tax," David Lindbergh outlined a utopian and unsubstantiated description of the trickle down theory. The more money and power structured into the system for the top tiers of society the more they will spend on houses, cars and boats, etc. hiring others to maintain their growing assets and thus the benefits trickle down. The stock market is booming. The wealthy are getting wealthier. How's this working out for you? Where are all these promised great jobs that will logically come into existence when the upper crust has the means to invest and innovate?

The vast majority of jobs available are for corporations that put maximum focus on profits for owners and investors and use the trickle down method in structuring employee salaries and benefits. Vast segments of our society are working full time or as many hours as they are scheduled to (it's cost effective to keep employees on as part time so as no benefits have to be doled out), for exorbitantly high earning conglomerates while living in poverty. Many full-time workers qualify for food stamps and other social programs because wages are so low and the cost of living continues to climb.

Living in poverty sucks the marrow out of your bones, leaching out any sense of well-being. Hopelessness causes so many of our social woes -- drug addiction, crime and blatant disregard for others. Cleaning up our mess will require wisdom from on high. Paraphrasing Jesus, how we treat those with the least amongst us is how we treat Him.

The Mosaic Law is an interesting study in resource redistribution. The creator of man put into law that every seven years slaves would be freed and debts would be cancelled. And every 50 years, The Jubilee Year, tribes gained back their lands lost through payments of debt. What we can at least take from this holy law is that real checks and balances need to be in place to prevent a severe demarcation between haves and have nots. The greedy tendencies inherent in our species must be counter balanced with laws aimed at social justice for all. Or we'll all have hell to pay.

Susan Wilmot
Cedaredge

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