It’s the inequality that’s divisive

Richard Davis claims in his opinion column that the current discussion about income disparity is “a divisive distraction.” (“Forced wage hike harmful”). It is noteworthy that he is the president of of an organization (with the misleading name of “The Washington Research Council”) whose goal is to promote the interests of Washington state businesses. Relying on someone in that position to inform us what is good for working people is like relying on the devil to interpret scripture.

The reality is that income inequality is far greater in this country than in any Western democracy, that the minimum wage has not kept up with inflation, and that many people who work full-time and even more than that do not make a living wage. And all of this in a country where supposedly Christianity is the predominant religion! Productivity has increased over the last 20 years, but workers’ wages have not, even as CEO salaries have more than doubled or tripled. It is interesting that the only time that the rich “care” about the poor is when there is discussion of increasing the minimum wage; suddenly, there is the outcry that for sake of working people we must keep wages low! Heaven help us all.

Steen Halling

Greenbank

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