I thoroughly appreciated the Dec. 24 article "Sharp partisan divide combating inequality." Lawmakers should possibly give equal attention to addressing the issue from another direction, that being to seriously evaluate all the policies, programs and subsidies that primarily benefit corporations and the wealthy. Possibly it is they who have become too dependent on government and should be weined off government support. Maybe it is time that they go back to what made this country great and "pull themselves up by their boot straps" rather than on the backs of the poor and middle class. Those principles of hard work, free enterprise and level playing fields, rather than what those "trickle down" policies and programs which I believe have so utterly failed and led us to this disparity.