Income Inequality Is The ‘Challenge Of Our Time,’ Obama Says : The Two-Way : NPR

This is very old news.. but it’s interesting to see how this topic is slowly moving from "radical lefty blogs" and academic circles towards the center of the political debate.. even if this movement takes years and decades..

But seeing the Catholic Church going in front on this issue is a bit baffling..

President Obama tried Wednesday to turn the conversation back to the economy, calling the growing income gap the "defining challenge of our time."

"Some of you may have seen just last week the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length," . "How can it be, he wrote, that it’s not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points. But this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country. And it challenges the very essence of who we are as a people."


16 thoughts on “Income Inequality Is The ‘Challenge Of Our Time,’ Obama Says : The Two-Way : NPR

  1. The Catholic Church has always been interesting that way. I know that in Poland, the Church is very much in favor of social welfare programs. It’s a mix of conservative social values and support for the welfare state, which means it doesn’t quite fit either of the two American ideologies. Think about it, society’s gotta support those ten kids you’re going to have because contraceptives are a sin 😉

    Thank you so much for reading my blogs, it’s very much appreciated. I hope Italy’s still treating you well 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s great here – I’m really settling in 😀 And I love all the small daily stuff like walks in the center, having an espresso, chatting and watching the italians 🙂

      And I love reading your stuff! Always interesting and you seem like such a nice person too!

      As for the catholic church, you’re right of course, they’ve always been (or talked) on the side of those in need of some help.. I guess my baffle was a part of all the other stuff he’s said on the social issues recently, and then this latest attack on “trickle down” economics specifically. Sounding more political than religious or morally/value driven!

      • Glad to hear you’re enjoying Italy…I’m still a little jealous from time to time 😉

        And if nothing else, this Pope has turned out to be way more interesting than old Benedict was! For the first time in years, I’ve actually been following what’s going on with the Church.

  2. Interesting ….

    Last night CBS did a story on the Pope and the Time Mag ‘Man of the Year’ pick…

    The Cardinal that was interviewed pointed out that the media was ONLY talking about the Pope and the Church…NOT about anything else and the church…The man had a BROAD smile on his face….

    • Yes, and this just spurred some thoughts.. what is their real agenda anyways? Conserving wealth and power? Self-preservation?
      And a thing I LOVE about being here is how people constantly refer to the church as a “non-religious” institution, it’s all about politics.

    • Thanks! I just read that a few days ago – I especially liked the part about explaining what kind of challenges the free markets can NOT fix. Like taking care of our planet.

      • Hey mac this article caught my eye as my son had been watching the series recently and i have been reading up on social democracy…the part that stood out for me was…..

        “And how did we do that? We did that by not giving in to either side. That was the new deal. That was the great society. That was all of that argument about collective bargaining and union wages and it was an argument that meant neither side gets to win.

        Labour doesn’t get to win all its arguments, capital doesn’t get to. But it’s in the tension, it’s in the actual fight between the two, that capitalism actually becomes functional, that it becomes something that every stratum in society has a stake in, that they all share.

        • Yep great point, and Simon gets it exactly right. We’ve now arrived at some bizarre variation of the Gilded Age with all its faults, and another huge fight against political corruption.

          And The Wire – one of the best shows ever.

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