From Robert Reich’s eponymous blog:
“The real triumph of the right has come in shaping the national conversation around the size of government and the budget deficit – thereby diverting attention from what’s really going on: the increasing concentration of the nation’s income and wealth at the very top, while most Americans fall further and further behind.”
This is both obvious and profound. Most ideas on the liberal to-do list can be easily dismissed if the first question is: Does it make the government smaller?
Many liberals will say that deficit and debt are important, but not the only priority.
On the other hand — this is only my impression but a strong impression, at least in my addled brain — I don’t hear Republicans even acknowledging that the maldistribution of wealth and income is a problem, or even an issue, or even a fact.
Perhaps representatives of the various factions of the right should be asked about it more. Is there any percentage of the nation’s wealth that could be concentrated in the top one or five or 10 percent of the population that would be a problem, and if so what is the Republican plan for addressing it?