Rich just get richer

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Ely, the bishop of the Epis­co­pal Dio­cese of Ver­mont, said in his Len­ten mes­sage ear­lier this year, “I want to be clear that for me eco­nomic jus­tice and in­come in­equal­ity are in­deed moral is­sues of im­me­di­ate and ur­gent con­cern.”

Last Fri­day, the bishop elab­o­rated, “the sys­tem­atic un­der­min­ing of the mid­dle class has had se­ri­ous con­se­quences for the preser­va­tion of fam­i­lies, health, ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment and even greater con­se­quences for those in the bot­tom 30 per­cent,” Ely said. “So­cial un­rest is a grow­ing pos­si­bil­ity.”

Bu­j­nak, the con­fer­ence min­is­ter of the United Church of Christ in Ver­mont, said, “It seems to me that a moral econ­omy must be con­cerned with a fair bal­ance for all. To set­tle for any­thing less is to fail to do the just and right thing.”

Chasan, a rabbi at the Ohavi Zedek Sy­n­a­gogue in Burling­ton, Ver­mont, said, “As the power of wealth in our coun­try is con­cen­trated in the hands of a very few, democ­racy is fall­ing apart be­cause the cen­ter is not hold­ing. At stake is not only eco­nom­ics, but also our very ca­pac­ity to be free. We are once again in a time that tries the soul of Amer­ica.”

Ri­vard, who was given the dis­tinc­tion of mon­signor from Pope Bene­dict XVI af­ter serv­ing as pas­tor of Christ the King-St. An­thony Par­ish in Burling­ton, joined San­ders to demon­strate his con­cern for grow­ing in­equal­ity in the United States.

“To­day,” San­ders said, “the United States is No. 1 in bil­lion­aires, No. 1 in cor­po­rate prof­its, No. 1 in CEO salaries, No. 1 in child­hood poverty and No. 1 in in­come and wealth in­equal­ity in the in­dus­tri­al­ized world. From a moral per­spec­tive, from an eco­nomic per­spec­tive, and from a po­lit­i­cal per­spec­tive, we have got to do bet­ter than that.”

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