Can you imagine anything more anti-American than guaranteeing economic equality? The Obama presidency is working overtime to replace equality of opportunity with a new, anti-American substitute: government-funded income equality. Our country was founded on the belief that all Americans are created equal, but the Founding Fathers’ words are a far cry from the notion of using government to fund economic mobility (see: Being Poor is the Fix for Income Inequality).
ML King Holiday promotes an anti-American value?
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday gave public officials the opportunity to pound their chests in subservience to an anti-American value they have worked hard to create. House Democrats have been especially vocal about spending to erase income inequality, probably anticipating support in November from Americans their economy put out in the street:
As we remember Dr. King’s legacy, we must also continue to pursue his vision. We continue to see disparities in the incomes, health outcomes and educational attainment of people in this country based on their race and economic status.¹
King’s memory validates the party line:
We also cannot to turn [sic] a blind eye to the need for immigration reform, economic justice, and achieving equality for all. We must make progress. On his holiday, we should celebrate Dr. King by moving forward on the path of justice and equality.²
Does something smell rotten? Are calls for equality and justice just more excuses for Obama’s bad economy?
Denial of opportunity by Democrats is anti-American, too.
The president is not a stupid man. Far from it, but his media people and speechwriters have a habit of treating Americans like we are. Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech should explain to the people the real reason why opportunity is being denied to so many. Instead, Mr. Obama has set the stage with an elaborate explanation for why the middle class can’t get ahead. We’ve heard it all before, from the weakening of unions, to the minimum wage, to tax cuts for the rich, to refusing to spend more on schools and infrastructure.³
Obama’s favorite investments certainly make Democratic Party supporters richer. They are lined up with their hands out. The bad news is that for all the money spent on recovery and stimulus we still hear that the middle class is no better off. Worse, we haven’t seen the slightest nod to responsibility from a blameful White House.
Do politicians know what real equality is?
We may not like to admit it, but economic equality, opportunity, achievement, and success are American values that depend on the economy. Equality of opportunity can be legislated, but it takes a politician to purposely confuse it with equality of income. Self-righteous Democrats place so little value on what equality really means that they have adopted the anti-American stance that government spending or forcing the private sector to pay more for the same lack of skills will solve the problem. As with all other things in the Obama economy, when the money runs out we are right back where we started, with a struggling economy and a private sector that knows to wait it out until the political climate improves.