To The Daily Sun,
In the year 2012, the top 1 percent of the people in the U.S. increased their wealth an average of 32 percent. The remaining 99 percent lost 2 percent of their earning power. Half of the wealth went to the top 10 percent. The last time this kind of inequality existed was in 1901 when President Teddy Roosevelt worked to level the playing field.
Despite the fact that Republicans in Washington have no desire or inclination to correct income inequality, state government can be a catalyst in raising our standard of living and helping people and businesses succeed. By helping all of our citizens receive a livable minimum wage, reducing the income inequality between women and men, and rebuilding our infrastructure, we can close the gap between the ultra rich and the shrinking middle class.
I believe that a strong, vibrant middle class is essential and possible in all the towns of New Hampshire. It's time that we send people to Concord who will work on policy and legislation that rebuilds our infrastructure and expands our educational system for a brighter economic future.
Our representatives should work for all the people, not just a select few. What we have now are representatives who come up with the philosophical justification for selfishness and opposition to economic and social progress. It seems they are out to punish the unfortunate who are suffering in our economy by avoiding prudent and essential state spending.
Speaking before the Cleveland City Club in 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy said, "We must admit in ourselves that our children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others... those who live with us are our brothers. For we must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge."
I agree with Bobby Kennedy's words, and firmly believe that we should be bound together by a common concern, not division and suspicion. I believe we can establish a common faith, a common goal that all those who live in our community share the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness.
If I sound like a citizen who is thinking about running for state office, you are correct.