Liberty means enjoying fruits of your labor

Commentary | July 6, 2011 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

In just 30 years, we have allowed income to stampede from the middle class to the very top, so now the top 1 percent grab one quarter of all income. Have they earned this money "with their own hands?" Or is this money "the fruits of someone else's labor?" A big and growing chunk of this money is unearned income -- dividends, capital gains and interest. That is not labor. That is taking away from labor. That is wage theft.

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