The next time you hear someone lamenting about inequality, you should ask, “Is this person really concerned about the poor? Or is he just resentful about the rich?” An easy way to tell the difference is to ask him if he’d be willing for the rich to be even richer if it meant improved conditions for the poor. If he says, “no,” he is admitting that his concern is with what the rich have, not what the poor don’t have. If he says, “yes,” he is admitting that the so-called “income gap” isn’t a problem.
Once you’ve gotten that out of the way, you can start talking about the real problem: How do we best improve the conditions of the poor without paying them to live off the government. In other words, our solution should deal with absolute poverty, not relative poverty.