As I said before with both candidates being so wealthy, the gap between the wealthy and the poor is getting even larger. Where is Robin Hood when you need him? We need a modern day Robin Hood to finally take from the rich and spread America’s wealth among all citizens because corporate America is greedy and not even giving people jobs.
Throughout American History there have been proud moments of Revolution that forced the elite to remove their blinders of greed , tyranny and domination as seen in the greed of the Colonists taking Indian land, tyranny when we ran the British out of the country and domination when we finally freed the slaves. America has made great strides in terms of freedom for all it’s citizens as in the Revolutionary War, the Women’s right to vote and in the Civil Rights quests for freedoms but now America has regressed and poverty is the new slavery.
The blinders of the wealthy in this country are firmly affixed and the necessary checks and balances have disappeared. My Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics taught me everything the opposite of what is going on in this country right now. My Masters Degree in Business has taught me everything the opposite that is going on in this country's business policies today. My Law Degree has taught me about the Constitution Laws that are constantly being challenged.
According to Forbes magazine, the 400 wealthiest Americans from Warren Buffet to Jay Z have more than $1 Trillion Dollars in wealth. They each average $3.5 Billion Dollars per big shot in net worth. This is not the politics of envy but rather a cautionary story of how a country drifts so far away from the idea of fundamental fairness for its citizens that we end up a nation of the rich and the rest of us.
Poverty threatens our democracy. We have a democracy with a debt dilemma that the poor are not responsible for, yet they pay the price. Now there are nearly 150 Million poor or near poor in America according to a study by The Anneo E. Casey Foundation. These people are not responsible for the damage caused by the great recession. Nearly 1/3rd of the middle class, mostly families with children have now fallen into poverty. The magnitude of the great recession confirms that poverty is no longer a personal calamity it is rather a societal crisis.
Poverty has effected our social, political and economic discourse. It is time to make poverty a priority. If there is no hope for the future, no incentive to try hard and work hard for a decent wage, there is no power in the present.