Regarding Mr. Dewell Timothy Crews’ Oct. 25 letter, which cited a New York Times commentary that showed the 400 wealthiest Americans having a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans: The implication is that this is somehow unfair or unjust.
The problem with this argument is that wealth in America (or the world, for that matter) is not a fixed or finite amount. It is not a case where if one person has something, it means someone else doesn’t.
Also not mentioned is how the 400 wealthiest got their wealth or what they are doing with it. Was it honestly earned; is it invested in productive and job producing ways, etc.? All we are told is that these people are rich and others are not.
It seems to me that our nation has two critical problems: unemployment and a crushing national debt. Should we be asking government to confiscate wealth or should we be taking a long, hard look at what happened to all the jobs?
Remember when Pittsburgh was the “Steel City?” When everything we had was manufactured in the USA? Manufacturing went to Asia and millions of good jobs went with it.
What caused it? That, and not who is rich or how much they have, is what we should be looking at.