Re "Tax the rich?" (Letters, Oct. 22): Letter writer Jeff Randall derides the effort to engineer more income equality as government trying to buy some folks a larger vocabulary.
The argument ignores the massive public policy shifts since President Ronald Reagan's Administration that have sent income inequality through the stratosphere. The result is a society with banana republic differences between the top incomes and the rest of humanity. Four hundred people control more assets than the bottom 50 percent of the population.
The correlates of inequality are not just worse vocabulary. They include worse educational outcomes, worse health for both rich and poor, more crime, more incarceration, less social mobility, less trust of others in general.
It may seem cute to make light of some trivial corollary to the current inequities, but it really is not funny.
-- Mark Dempsey, Orangevale