Skip to comments.The United States of Unfair-ica
Posted on 12/11/2011 4:25:37 AM PST by Kaslin
What is fair?
Not life. Some people obviously are smarter than others. Some are better looking. Others have more capacity for hard work.
But this is not unfair. This is the ultimate in fairness. Its not what skills you were born with; its what you do with those skills. Many geniuses simply have no drive to work hard, many average-looking people marry beautiful people, and so on.
President Obama went to Osawatomie, Kan., this week to give a campaign speech -- er, policy speech; it couldnt have been a campaign speech since we, the taxpayers, picked up the tab for it about what is fair. Why Osawatomie? Because its where Teddy Roosevelt gave his famous New Nationalism speech in 1910, and President Obama wants to be the new TR. At least this week.
The President railed for nearly an hour about fairness and how the United States has become unfair. But, again, what is fair?
The first definition of fair from dictionary.com is free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice.
Given this clearly was a campaign speech you can tell from the relentless political attacks on Republicans we can safely scratch bias from what he meant.
That this was so clearly a campaign speech also would seem to strike the Dishonesty part as well to make no mention of the honesty of the man who first deployed the metric of metric of jobs saved or created and has Eric Holder as Attorney General.
That leaves us with free from injustice. If theres one thing progressives love to talk about, it is justice. Social justice, economic justice, no justice, no peace. Whatever kind of justice you want, theyre selling it. Unless, of course, you simply want the ultimate justice of being left to sink or swim on your own merit. In that case, forget it.
The President told the people of Osawatomie Teddy believed then what we know is true today, that the free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history. It's led to a prosperity and a standard of living unmatched by the rest of the world.
Then the other shoe dropped. But Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you can from whomever you can.
On what planet is that a pillar of the free market? That answer is none, but you cant make a case against the free market without creating a straw man or two. Imagine if a factory somewhere had to physically produce all this presidents straw men. Wed be back to full employment in no time. But I digress.
The president went on to say, I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules.
Who has been denied a fair shot? More importantly, who determines what is fair?
It is an awesome power this determining fairness. It sets up government as the lone gatekeeper for student loans, the maker of regulations that raise barriers to creating new jobs and businesses, the executor of the will of progressives in the environmental and labor movements.
As the Keystone XL pipeline and travails of Boeing demonstrate, progressive forces, allies of the president, will do all they can to obstruct job creation and economic prosperity for Americans if it is at odds with their political will.
Who is not paying their fair share? The National Taxpayers Union reports the top 1 percent of earners, those with incomes of $343,927 or more, pay 36.73 percent of all federal income taxes. The top 5 percent those with incomes above $154,643 pay 58.66 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom 50 percent pay 2.25 percent of all federal income taxes. As a society, weve accepted it, but that fact doesnt make it fair.
Who isnt playing by the same rules? When Henry Ford founded his car company, he wasnt subsidized by the government. Neither was Bill Gates at Microsoft or Steve Jobs at Apple. They risked everything their money, their time on something they believed in. They assumed the risk and reaped the rewards. They played by the rules and it paid off. Did Solyndra, for instance, play by those rules? Or did it have the right people in position to make the call on what constitutes fairness?
Solyndras magic formula wasnt a new computer platform or way to make cars. It was that its product advanced the progressive agenda and that its executives knew how to get the big-government statists in Washington to alter the rules on its behalf to the tune of a half-billion dollars of our money that has gone totally to waste.
Who was that fair to? Certainly not taxpayers or other entrepreneurs who wanted to enter that business.
Barack Obama is correct. This country is becoming the United States of Unfair-ica, but not at all in the way he would like you to believe. Progressives use the power of government to favor those who share their agenda and tilt the playing field toward the outcome they want. The free market still rewards merit when allowed. Progressives continue to reward what they deem worthy. Both involve our money, but only one is really fair.
Rejoice Comrades!!!! The Revolution is still afoot!!!
Sadly the idea that a person should or would strive to be the best that they can be has turned into a “you owe me” mentality.
Really good article.
So, the President advocates doing away with all the Affirmative Action initiatives and other programs that only certain slices of folks are privy to?
On the flip side, he really wants the whole dang Nation to be clamoring for a turn at Uncle Sugar's teat.
How is it fair, that other Americans than I are able to get the government to pay for their housing, their food and their medical care and mine is not ?
Is it only because I work that I have to pay for those things my self ?
That’s not fair !
I can quit working and simply relax all day, every day, like many of them do, if that is what is required to get on that fairness gravy train.
ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP !
Is it fair we allow a president to be elected simply because he was black?
This seems to be unfair to me who wants a person who can make decisions and lead this country in the correct direction.
Who can I complain to to get my “feel good” quota to be met today?
I thought so too
Rush had it right the other day that these deadbeats are the ones who were raised where younhad no “last picks” at recess, no losing teams in sports, never had their school work graded in red, and were indoctrinated into thinking that they are entitled to everything without working for it because it isnt fair to have to work for anything in life.
Is It Fair that the Government SERVANTS get to exempt themselves from all of their Half Baked Ideas,Social Security,Obamacare,Defined Pension Plans,medicare.I would like to have a Job where I get two thirds of the year off.
Rick Peryy is right they should have their Pay cut in Half and and go home to a Regular job like the rest of us Peons.
But Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you can from whomever you can.
Socialism certainly gives the government that license.
It’s not “FAIR” to take money from someone who works hard for it and give it to Greece or someone in the United States who perpetually sits on their fat butt and doesn’t even try to better their situation.