Last Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) spoke at the Economic Club of Chicago while he was in town to attend fund raisers for Bill Brady one of four candidates for the Republican nomination for governor of Illinois. During his appearance, he was asked what he thought of the income inequality problem in the nation. His response was to employ the typical Republican spin saying that income inequality means mediocrity.
“I don’t think the American people want income equality,” he said. “What they want is income opportunity.”
The implication of course being that those who are decrying the trend of the last 40 years where income at the top soars ever higher while those in the middle see their income remain at best stagnant, are simply demanding that everyone should have the same income.
That could not be further from the truth and governor Christie knows it.
He continued, “I think that the problem we have is an opportunity gap.”
Of course it is! That is exactly what the President and Democrats have been talking about.
What we have in this country is a system that is rigged to guarantee that those with the most continue to see their income increase at an ever accelerating rate, leaving the rest of us to languish with decreasing purchasing power. It is this inherent lack of fairness that the 99% are complaining about when we speak of income inequality, not absolute parity.
No one wants to see everyone being paid exactly the same amount for their labors, everyone hopes to someday better their position and income, but everyone does not have that opportunity with the laws rigged to benefit the richest at the expense of everyone else.
The governor and his fellow Republicans should stop perpetuating the lie that the conversation about income inequality is about leveling income and admit that the true conversation is about leveling the playing field so that everyone does in fact have the same opportunities.
Watch his comments in the video below.