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Letter of the Day: The deserving rich

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<b>The deserving rich</b>

EDITOR: Once again, columnist David Brooks' wisdom and insights have set the 95 percent of us financially illiterate citizens on the straight and narrow ("Income inequality debate muddies issue," Sunday). I had no idea that the growing wealth of the top 5 percent was because of their tremendous work ethic and their mating habits. Up to now, I wrongly believed it was due to a rigged tax code, corrupt politicians and giving $85 billion in taxpayer dollars each month to bail out financial terrorists.

I will be sure to start pondering "the morally fraught social and cultural roots of the problem," as Brooks suggests we all do. I will begin with such mind-numbing puzzles as why Wal-Mart and McDonald's workers qualify for food stamps while their CEOs receive millions, or how the CEO of United Healthcare earned $1.7 billion in executive pay, to better grasp the complexity of this global wealth transfer.

I look forward to these top-notch journalists keeping us all up-to-date on who will win this race to accumulate the most wealth. According to a recent Oxfam report, the world's wealthiest 85 people now have as much money as the poorest 3.5 billion people, so it shouldn't be too long now.

JOHN GARN

Sebastopol


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