Video: Robert Reich on ‘Inequality for All’
With which you can emotionally connect with people and open people’s minds and eyes and hearts. On this issue of widening inequality there’s so much confusion, many people if they’re, you know, if they’re rightwing, they want to blame the poor, if they’re leftwing they want to blame the rich. One way of looking at and measuring inequality is to look at the earnings of people at the top versus the earnings of the typical worker in the middle. ROBERT REICH: Both about what looked like a fundamentally unfair subsidy going from everybody, taxpayers, to mostly the top one percent, that is the people on Wall Street who had blown it. Because you see very wealthy people, not everyone, but many very wealthy people and many big corporations use their money to buy rules that favor their positioning.
I think again, it’s important to bear in mind that some inequality is necessary if we’re going to have a capitalist system that creates incentives for people to work hard and to invent and to try very hard. I would say people who self-identify as middle class extend from people who are earning around $25,000 a year to people who are earning well, in major cities, expensive cities like New York or San Francisco, a lot of people call themselves middle class who are earning $200,000 a year because the cost of living is so high. BILL MOYERS: Speaking of real people, we began this series last year with three broadcasts on inequality. ROBERT REICH: We’ve got to a point where money is so powerful a force in politics and in the media, that attention is paid mostly to people who are wealthy or upper middle class. ROBERT REICH: It’s a petition to the CEOs of Walmart and McDonald’s as the exemplars in these two big, big sectors of the economy, employing huge numbers of people to raise their wages to $15 an hour.
ROBERT REICH: As an engine of prosperity for most people. JACOB KORNBLUTH: There’s a lot of people who made a lot of money who think this widening economic inequality is bad for them and it’s bad for the economy.
A Different View of the Homeless
In a rather depressing cartoon, a rotund, wealthy man walking up a New York avenue comes across three homeless people, each staking out a different street corner. The wealthy man continues past him up the avenue and meets the third homeless man. After walking a few more blocks, he turns another corner and runs directly into the three homeless men standing together. The younger of the monks looked long at the homeless man, who was obviously in distress and need. In addition to affirmation and acceptance, the homeless poor desperately need a sense of home, that is, to actually have a home, even a room, which they can enter, close the door to, and live in peace.
Just as all of us thrive in the sanctuary of our own homes, the homeless need not just a shelter, a room in anothers house, but their own space. In Evanston, Illinois, north of Chicago, a forward-looking faith community called Lake Street Church is trying to address the needs of the homeless. When we are separated from all the goods of this world, we are no different from our homeless brothers and sisters. The homeless poor are everywhere on the subcontinent, and I noticed in the vast majority of them that, though destitute and possessing nothing, they were happy and serene beyond comprehension, a serenity connected with their faith, not their poverty! They taught me that one needs very little to be happy, that happiness is a spiritual quality that has absolutely nothing to do with wealth and possessions.
As long as we ignore the homeless or apply a Band-Aid solution to the symptoms of a much larger disorder in our world, the problem will grow and finally get out of control. Our leadership, particularly with respect to the homeless problem, needs a special kind of guidance, that of our spiritual communities themselves. As a monk, a mystic in the world, pursuing my spiritual practice each day, I have awakened to the horrible inequity in the sufferings of the homeless persons I have known for so long.
IN FULFILLMENT OF END TIMES PROPHECIES!1- Christian Updates
GOD IS CALLING HIS PEOPLE BACK HOME – TO ISRAEL – IN FULFILLMENT OF END TIMES PROPHECIES!1 God is beginning to call the Jewish people back to Israel, from all corners of the globe. Lately, Jews have been returning to Israel by the hundreds of thousands from the old U.S.S.R., again spurred by intense persecution. The lifestyle offered Jews here not only keeps American Jews here, it attracts Jews to migrate from Israel to America. Basically, Jews are returning to Israel from most points on the globe. For the purposes of our study, Kahane was an interesting person because he was urging American Jews to consider migrating to Israel, before the persecution he thought he saw on the American horizon came to fruition!
Let us return now to this article, speaking of Shifra Hoffman. We want to focus on the assertion by Rabbi Kahane’s organization, that God has promised to the Jews all the land of Israel. God promised the land of Israel to Abraham and his descendents, but many people believe that His promise has been revoked, because of the Jew’s sins against Him, and especially, because of their sin in killing Jesus Christ. Second, the Bible also declares that God will restore Israel to her ancient land, after she has been out of it for many, many years. God will do all this for Israel, for the glory of His mighty name, which has been profaned for so many years.
Again, we see that all the Jews are going to come back to Israel. In these verses, God is promising full reinstatement of the nation, to whom Jews from all over the world will flock to live! No longer will there be more Jews outside Israel than inside; no longer will there be any hint of a Diaspora. These borders include Lebanon, most of Jordan, a lot of Syria, and even some of Iraq! This coming war in the Middle East will probably accomplish this border enlargement, thus preparing the way for the fulfillment of the prophecies to bring all the Jews back to Israel.