First, let's start with some statistical truth. Proponents of income inequality, the immorality of income inequality and the need for action by the government to correct the problem of income inequality tell me that, despite the best efforts of our career politicians on our behalf, the average income of a citizen in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika is marching inexorably lower. Is this true? Check out this chart of the Real Disposable Personal Income per Capita (provided by the Federal Reserve here):
1999-01-01 30350 2000-01-01 31524 2001-01-01 32075 2002-01-01 32754 2003-01-01 33342 2004-01-01 34221 2005-01-01 34424 2006-01-01 35458 2007-01-01 35866 2008-01-01 36078 2009-01-01 35616 2010-01-01 35688 2011-01-01 36314 2012-01-01 37156 2013-01-01 36815
Although there has been a slight decline in income of less than 1% from 2012 to 2013, the general trend has been clearly upward. Over the past 15 years per capita personal income, after adjusting for inflation, has risen by 21.3%. So I can reasonably conclude that real per capital income in the SDA is not declining, it is rising. Furthermore, those who tell us that we are in an unprecedented period of time where our incomes are falling as they never have before apparently have very short memories. Citizens of the SDA have experienced a real decline in personal income in 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1938, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1958, 1974, 1980, 1991 and 2009. To describe the less than 1% decline experienced in the last year as unprecedented seems to be motivated more by political concerns than economic ones.
Advocates of the need for governmental interference in the free market in order to correct the problem of income inequality will say that I have misstated the problem in the above analysis. Using per capita income figures, they say, distorts the difference that has taken place between the upper and lower income cohorts. And they have a point. The income of the upper 10% has risen faster than the income of the lower 10% of the income population. But, and this is a very big but, incomes for all income cohorts are rising. The problem is not of one group rising while the other group is falling. The problem is of one group rising faster than another. For some reason that reality disturbs some people. We need to figure out why.
There is a simple answer to the problem of income inequality, as defined above, but nobody wants to hear it. Accepting the simple answer involves giving up cherished presuppositions about human nature that nobody is willing to give up. So rather than attempt to see the world as it really is, pro-government factions in this sad land ignore the truth about man and clamor for more and more government involvement in our lives. They truly, and religiously, believe that government can solve all of man's problems. The simple fact is that government cannot solve this problem. Why? Because the problem is sin.
Except for a small handful of Christians nobody believes in sin anymore. If it feels good, do it. Follow your heart. How can it be wrong when it feels so right? God loves me just the way I am so why should I change? Most citizens of the SDA believe this garbage. They have to. If they believe the alternative they come face to face with the fact that they are sinful and God is very angry with them. That is a reality everyone would rather pretend does not exist. So sinful men create alternative realities. That is what has happened with the income inequality issue. The reason income inequality is a problem has nothing to do with the fact that rich people are witnessing their incomes rise more rapidly than less rich people. That is a statistical fact. The problem is that those who are less rich are experiencing the emotion of envy when they see the more rich rise more quickly than they are. The problem is not about income, net worth or cash flow. The problem is 100% about the sin of envy in the hearts and minds of sinful human beings.
Envy is a powerful emotion. It is highly destructive. When empowered by the coercive power of the state it is able to bring about massive changes in the income and capital structures of this disgusting land. Envy is the desire to destroy the wealth of the person who has more than you. Nobody is ever envious of the man who has less. Almost everyone is always envious of the man who has more. Furthermore, envy is much more destructive than simple covetousness. When a person covets what another person has he has no desire to destroy what the other person has. He just wants it as well. Envy is not like that. Envy must see what the richer man has destroyed. It is a powerful emotion and it is the primary underlying motivation for every political action that takes place in this immoral country.
All politicians pander to the envy of the electorate in order to get elected. All politicians promise to take away the income and wealth of those who make more and give it to those who make less. Some politicians use the IRS to accomplish this goal. They have been quite successful as the top 49% of the income population now pays almost 100% of all federal income taxes. The bottom 51% of envy-filled voters get a totally free ride. Other politicians use other means to pander to envy. Obamacare is a perfect example. People often stupidly believe that Obamacare is about the delivery of health insurance and health care services. It is not. Obamacare simply utilizes the health insurance industry to enact and enforce a massive redistribution of wealth from the political minority who make more to those envy-filled masses who make less. Indeed, all of politics is about nothing more than the institutionalizing of the human emotion of envy. And that, of course, is what makes politics in the SDA completely and totally immoral.
Do we have a problem in this land with income inequality? No, we do not. However, the amoral fact that there is income inequality graphically exposes that we have a massive problem with envy. Furthermore, the fact that we are constantly being informed that income inequality is a problem only further underscores the fact that envy has so filled the land in which we live men are no longer capable of rational thought about economic and political issues. If you make the immoral decision to vote next week, please take a moment to consider what I have written and ask yourself if you really want to be a part of this process.