No need for 'redistribution' if wages kept pace with profits

11/28/2013 7:10 AM

11/26/2013 11:17 AM

Re 'Redistribution' fears guided health law's creation" (Page A5, Nov. 24): While reading this article, I realized what a "dog whistle" word "redistribution" is. Like "terrorist" or "communist," the word "redistribution" will immediately attract your attention. After reading the article, I made a simple Google search of productivity compared to compensation. I found that since the 1980s, productivity almost doubled, but real wages ( adjusted for inflation ) have risen slightly. Maybe "redistribution" isn't the problem but rather how wealth is "distributed" in the first place. If wages rose with productivity, meaning profits, the working poor could afford the rising cost of health care. There wouldn't be a need for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which everyone knows is a "socialist plot." Can anyone hear that dog whistle?

-- Timothy Laroe, Fair Oaks

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