Salter: 2016 campaign to embrace income equality debate

If you aren’t accustomed to hearing the term “income inequality” as part of your political lexicon, then perhaps you should begin to get used to the phrase because you’re going to hear a lot more about it.

In formally launching her bid for the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton cast herself as the champion of “everyday Americans” and declared her alarm over circumstances “when the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes.”

Republican Marco Rubio is also addressing income inequality in his opening presidential campaign salvo. Rubio said that he was running, in part, “because equality of opportunity has always defined us as a people and as a nation. And the fact that there are millions of people now in America that are starting to have significant doubts about whether we’re still that kind of country should be deeply concerning to us.”

Clarion Ledger
4/18/15