Any thinking person would recognize that the concept of ‘income equality’ in a free society is the equivalent of drawing a square circle. It is simply not possible.
The only way income can be made equal is through force that dictates that everyone receives the same amount regardless of their efforts, talents or contributions.
Despite the best wishes of progressives, people ARE NOT equal. Everyone is different and unique. Everyone has varying levels of intelligence, strength and talents and your income is a function of those things applied over time and by necessity, it produces different results depending on the individual and the amount of effort they exert.
So while God treats everyone equally and the government should treat everyone equally under the law so that we have ‘opportunity equality’, we will never (short of government interference) have ‘income equality’ because we are in fact, not equal.
And we should be thankful for ‘income inequality’ as long as we have ‘opportunity equality’ because that means that everyone, black, white, yellow, purple, male, female, everyone, has the opportunity to better their income whether it’s because they have a unique skill, tremendous intelligence or just a willingness to work hard. Without the motivating factor of being able to improve your income, we would cease seeing people find their unique talents and excel in them. If everyone gets the same amount, regardless of their effort, what’s the point? (Which is precisely what kept the colony at Jamestown in dire straits until Sir Thomas Dale removed the communal restrictions and allowed the colonists to work for themselves.)
The President apparently has a low view of people with lower incomes since he seems to think that the only way they can increase their income is by stealing it from others and giving it to them. He doesn’t attempt to achieve equality by lifting up and inspiring. He does it by tearing down. And he is not only attempting rob from those who have achieved but he is also robbing the motivation of those who have the potential to excel as all of us do.
Income inequality drives individuals and societies and it should be celebrated.