In his State of the Union speech [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28], President Obama is still following the main plank in the Democratic platform: never solve a problem, just treat the symptoms. Of course he’s also following the number two plank: if something isn’t working, do more of it.
There is only one practical way to address the income inequality in this country: improve the economy. When the country’s economic situation is as lousy as it currently is, there may be many folks competing for a particular job, so the business with the job opening has little motivation to offer a high wage.
If the economic situation were much better (as it typically has been in the past), there would be more job openings and businesses would be obliged to offer higher wages to attract the best candidate for a position. Obviously, with more people working (outside the government), not only would the inequality situation be improved, there would be less need for welfare for the unemployed — and the list of other benefits for the country could fill this newspaper.
Of course none of this will happen until the administration abandons its anti-business policies.
Gary T. McGavran, Bellevue