Joe the Plumber has since largely faded from view . . . And the issue that lent him celebrity status has more or less disappeared. In the 2012 presidential debates, we’ve had not one mention of America’s incredibly top-heavy distribution of income and wealth.

[A] typical Japanese household today sports more than triple the wealth of a typical U.S. household, and typical French households have twice as much.

Average Japanese and French don’t work any harder than average people in the United States. They just live in societies that do a much better job of sharing the wealth that their work creates.

Maybe one day Americans will live in a society that shares. Maybe one day our presidential candidates will even talk about sharing.

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