Between 1980 and 2018, research shows, the tax obligations of America’s billionaires, measured as a percentage of their wealth, have fallen 79 percent. Since last year at this time, the ranks of U.S. billionaires have increased from 607 to 614, their collective wealth from $3.111 to $3.229 trillion.
We have here in the United States today a tremendous amount of unevenly distributed wealth. This uneven distribution has left us with precious few resources for the public investments, in everything from hospitals, to the struggling postal service, to the medical medial research we need to keep us safe. (Inequality.org)
My comment: When you see the millions of people now unemployed (and the government unable to get the unemployment benefit to them); when you see the lack of investment in hospital equipment and unpreparedness for a pandemic; when you see totally inadequate testing and the funds for the support of small businesses run out almost in days ….. then maybe, just maybe those for whom “government is the enemy” will begin to think about funding government properly, supporting decent healthcare for everyone, hiring good people instead of political cronies, and stop funneling millions to those who already have millions. In short grudgingly taking government seriously as a vital part of modern life and treating human being decently, like governments should.
I believe Epicurus, were he alive today, would say “Amen” or the Greek equivalent. It’s a matter of decency, consideration, thoughtfulness, humanity, decent treatment of the sick and poor……..(whoops! isn’t that what Christianity is supposed to be about?!).