While it seems a lot of my friends are concerned about all the scandals going on in Washington, something is happening right in front of us that very few people notice, much less discuss, and that is the injustice aimed at the middle-class and working-class in our society. The middle and working class are dwindling and no one seems to care.
Beginning in January, all employees were faced with a 3% increase in payroll taxes. Put another way, every worker in the United States pay decreased by 3%. While all of us face this tax, it harms the lower-middle class, working class, and minimum wage employee the most.
Then, because of uncertainty regarding how the Affordable Care Act will work, large companies cut part-time, low-wage, workers shifts below 28 hours a week. For many, this equals another 20% reduction in pay. (Personally, as an adjunct professor at a state college, I have felt this reduction.)
If you are keeping score, that’s a 23% reduction in pay. If you add a conservative 2% increase in cost of living, all of a sudden, a family already struggling to make ends meet has lost 1/4th of its income!
If any of these people had the opportunity to go to college and had to take out student loans to do so, beginning Monday, their interest rates on those loans will double. UNBELIEVABLE!
At the same time all of these things are taking money from those who can least afford it, the stock market is at an all time high. Right now, while I am typing this, in our country, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and no one in government seems to care.
This kind of thing has happened before. Listen to what God said to an ancient government that was taking advantage of the poor:
“The LORD said: ‘I will punish Israel for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They sell honest people for money, and the needy are sold for the price of sandals. They throw the poor to the ground and push aside those who are helpless…I will punish you because of your sins…you abuse the poor and demand heavy taxes from them…I am the LORD, and I know your terrible sins. You cheat honest people and take bribes; you rob the poor of justice…If you really want to live, you must stop doing wrong and start doing right…Choose good instead of evil! See that justice is done'” (Amos 2:6-7; 3:2; 5:10-11, 12, 14-15, CEV)
I would suggest that the powerless and vulnerable ban together and start a movement, but just this week the Supreme Court struck down sections of the Voting Rights Act, that potentially removes whatever voice the voiceless thought they had.