Here we are at the end of another year. The stock market hit an all time high today (making it 52 times for the year) and investors have done well. Champagne, they say, was flowing on Wall Street. Of course, this assumes that we all have investments through savings, inheritance, or jobs that provide income and pensions.
This week, also, Congress failed to renew an extension of unemployment benefits for those who have been out of work for a long period of time and are now in a position where getting a job only grows harder. The contrast of these two events is what I want to remember going into 2014. We are aware of the growing gap between rich and poor in this country and the world in general. These two situations highlight why. Instead of champagne on Wall Street, perhaps we should serve at soup kitchens or, much harder, find a way to share wealth more evenly than has been the case in the last few years.
The U. S. is known as the most generous country in the world. Its people donate to charities in time, tithe, and talent to a degree not seen in other countries. How, then, did we get to the point where we celebrate the rich getting richer while denying the unemployed help for basic needs? As we enter 2014, let us all resolve to do something, however large or small, to even the score.
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