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Citizen Wealth by Wade Rathke

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12Bringing Citizens into the Wealth-Building Process

Families are legally entitled to receive a wide range of benefits created by governments to increase wealth, diminish poverty, and make everything about life simply better for the citizens of this great country. It’s therefore hard for me to understand why government agencies are not held accountable for the actual delivery of these services and benefits to American families.

There is a simple answer, of course, and I have stumbled on it over and over during more than forty years as an organizer: government is not citizen centered. In fact, government sometimes seems to exist for its own perpetuation rather than to provide services to citizens and to respond to their needs. That may not ...

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