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Peninsula readers' letters:November 19
From Daily News Group readers Posted: 11/18/2011 05:01:01 PM PSTUpdated: 11/18/2011 11:30:31 PM PST
Inequality greater than ever
Dear Editor: Experts now say the U.S. has entered a second Gilded Age, but one in which hedge fund managers have replaced oil barons and are killing the American dream. Inequality in America is greater than it has been in almost a century. Those fortunate enough to belong to the 1 percent made up of the super rich stand on one side of the divide; the remaining 99 percent on the other.
Even for a country that has always accepted opposite extremes as part of its identity, the chasm has simply grown too vast. The more you get, the more you want -- more money, more power, more prestige, more honor in the sight of others, more fame, more everything. Yet the more you get, the emptier you feel. That is because these things will never satisfy you.
That's the religion of the world. That's what most people worship -- themselves and their own personal desires and greed.
Ted Rudow III, MA