The middle class is a massive factor in the economy and has been for years, as they are the main spender in an economy, buying houses, using credit, working to make money.The problem today is that more than 50% of the wealth is held in the hands of 2% of the population while wages fall and the middle class shrivels, While things ran smoothly when more socialistic programs were in place( I.e. The New Deal.)
Trickle down economics does not work If large businesses are not willing to let the money flow. Giving more money to the 2% makes no sense.
Over the past 200 years, unfair government policies have led to discrimination and a widening economic gap in our country. African-Americans and immigrants in particular have suffered and been treated as marginalized communities, thus resulting in less access to education, well-paying jobs, etc. Tax policies have benefited the wealthy, allowing the rich to get richer, and the lack of taxes have prevented us from providing adequate support to those who need it. The government must enact policies to lessen this gap and give the poor a fighting chance.
The government needs to lessen the gap between the rich and the poor only when it spirals out of control. Looking at the economy we have today one can make the statement that the gap between the rich and poor is only increasing. At some point the economy will crash, and it will crash hard and many people rich and poor (mostly poor) will suffer. Before that happens, the government should step in and try to fix things up.
No, government is not obligated to lessen the gap between the rich and the poor, because it is not something that the constitutional calls for. It is much more dignified to allow a man to keep what he has earned with his own labor. Also, the trickle down effect transfers wealth from rich to poor without any government intervention.
The government should not play any part in lessening the gap between the rich and the poor. If the government would get itself out of the way and allow people to bloom in their own dreams, the gap would be filled naturally. People from all walks of life have overcome obstacles and become rich. It's more a matter of desire and hard work than unfair government.
It is not the government's job to help lessen the gap between the rich and the poor in the United States of America. I think it is the government's job to help the poor get opportunities so that they can help themselves to acquire a better financial future, etc. I think people need to take responsibility for themselves.