In her Jan. 3 column, “Keep hope alive,” Kathleen Parker claims those of us who criticize extreme income inequality are simply envious. I am not envious of billionaires who pay politicians to stack the economic deck in their favor; nor do I envy criminals who escape justice or civil consequences. I certainly do not envy corporations (and their executives) that garner unfair advantages in their relentless quest for power and treasure.
I want fairness, justice and a hand up for those who are born into disadvantage, or whose circumstances are less fortunate than they deserve. I want decent growth in wages and employment. I want health care for all, regardless of job status. Envy? Completely irrelevant when it comes to the problems caused by inequality of opportunity and the decline of economic mobility.