Let’s talk about inequality.

Now, I expect some of those reading have already closed the paper and are preparing their pencils to shoot off another “Crees is a neo-communist ...” letter.

Fine. Enjoy yourselves.

But here’s the thing ...

I frankly don’t care who is making more money than I.

Don’t care. Really don’t. I guess mostly because I’m doing OK.

I do the job I do, and get paid a perfectly acceptable and agreeable wage.

But there are a lot of people out there not doing nearly as well as am I. I care for them - working daily ... and very hard ... for a less than livable wage. They are trying, but making no progress ‘cause they simply can’t get through the week.

Luckily, during an interview on Daily Show, there was recently a suggestion by Fox Business commentator and NYSE Euronext managing director Todd Wilemon to the often hard-working but unfortunately underprivileged people around this country - “If you’re poor, stop being poor.”

BINGO! Why didn’t I, (or they), think of that?

Yessir. C’mon, folks. This is America! If you’re poor, stop being poor. It’s just that simple.

Now, in order to actually facilitate the effort by so many people who get up and go to work every day to “stop being poor” there is a move afoot to raise the minimum wage.

Oh. My. God!!!

Don’t you understand that if you raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour it could be a job breaker. Nay, a JOB KILLER!

Really?!!?

Since I was a youngster delivering a weekly shopper’s guide in Detroit,, I have believed that people should and would be paid what they are worth.

So, I guess folks working at $7.25 per hour jobs are only worth $7.25 per hour.

Sad.

My wild guess is that their work is actually worth far, Far, FAR more than $7.25 per hour, but the person doing that work is apparently only worth that much.

Hmmmmmmm ... Look it’s a simple formula. If a minimum wage worker was worth more than what they were making, they would be making more than what they are making. They aren’t, so they ain’t!

If you pay them more than what they, (not the job or the work itself), are worth you will just be eliminating that job ... somehow.

What a bunch of silliness.

But hey, we need to stop worrying about the poor amongst us, because they apparently aren’t interested enough to stop being poor, theorize some members of the Fox News team, and no few folks throughout our neighborhood.

And then ... there are some who really get what they are worth.

The New York State Comptroller’s office recently released the numbers for bonuses paid out recently by Wall Street firms for the 2013 work year. These company’s, (the same company’s bailed out by the U.S. government during the not too distant economic ... er ... um ... decline), tossed out $26.7 billion in bonuses this year.

That’s $26,700,000,000.

It was the third largest bonus payout in history - 15 percent over the previous year

Some 165,000 Wall Street firm employees were awarded an average bonus of $164,530 for their work in 2013. And this when “ ... the average pay of Wall Street employees, including salary and bonuses, was $360,700 in 2012 ...” the last year for which data is available according to the NY Times.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli noted the bonuses skyrocketed despite the fact that profits from broker-dealer operations of New York Stock Exchange listed firms declined 30 percent.

In other words, when you create and work in an atmosphere in which profits decline by 30 percent - over $16 billion in 2013 - you are awarded a bonus to the tune of at least $165,000 - AT LEAST.

Heck, Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs got $14.7 million in stock in his “Thank You” card. J P Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon got a $20 million pay ‘incentive’ for his 2013 work - a 74 percent pay increase that was largely from restricted stocks.

Now get this. According to Robert Reich, writing for Public Finance International, the $26.7 billion Wall Streeters are given in bonuses “ ...would cover the cost of more than doubling the paychecks for all of the 1,085,000 Americans who work full-time at the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.”

But ... those minimum wage folks are simply leeches on society.

If the guy flipping your burger didn’t want to be poor, he could be working on Wall Street. No?

And those folks receiving a portion of the $26.7 billion in bonues???They are apparently worth every penny. Every penny.

Even though they continue to generate losses for stockholders ... or at least some stockholders.