Former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich is on to something important ("What makes Americans so angry and divided?" Aug. 16). Many citizens are angry and fearful because try as they might, they fall farther behind.
The gap between the rich and the rest of us has grown ever wider since the 1980s. As a matter of fact, U.S. Census data reveals that the income of the 400 wealthiest Americans rose by $200 billion in 2011. The tax cuts for the wealthy under Republican presidents continue to redistribute middle class income upward, resulting in the insecurity and frustration that so many of us feel.
In the guise of the rhetoric of "budget-cutting," we citizens of the United States have been led down a road to a greatly lessened quality of life. Many members of Congress, funded by the wealthy and corporations, have withdrawn government support from programs that have promoted a fair shake for all.
By closing the loopholes and tax breaks that continue to allow corporations and the super-rich to reap the benefits of our country without paying their fair share, we can afford to provide services essential for the well-being of all of us. In doing so, we can live in a country where we all have the freedom to follow our dreams.
Frank L. Fox, Mechanicsville