Never confuse equality of opportunity with job opportunities. They have nothing to do with each other. Equality of opportunity is a right we enjoy but job opportunities have to be earned. All the equal opportunity and discrimination laws in the world will not get you a job if you don’t deserve one.
Anyone who believes that prosperity means correcting social inequality is a fool. Wanting something you don’t have does not mean that you are being treated unfairly. How many voters who agreed with the president that inequality of income is a scourge that stifles opportunity in America would discard their leftist convictions and turn into loyal Republicans in an instant if we dumped a bag of cash in their laps?
Why are we assuming that a recovering economy spells bad news for Republicans and good news for Democrats? Democrats are taking credit for feeble signs that the economy and the job market are improving, but the victories they claim from their president’s first term have come from bailouts and giveaways they excused with the recession.
Two more abysmal days on Wall Street joined fears that a new recession is here, feeding a pervasive air of hopelessness. Endless bad news about debt in America and Europe, and growing misgivings about our government’s ability to function on the most rudimentary level, have completely eroded our national confidence while eating away at hopes for America’s future.
How far will the bar be lowered so the country can afford Barack Obama’s reelection ploys? Last week he offered us his idea of a carrot, a new jobs bill. Next week we get whacked with the stick when he tells us who will pay.
President Obama again threatened tax hikes during his Wednesday morning press conference. Mr. Obama suggested that medical research grants might have to be cut unless we eliminate tax breaks for the wealthy, and for companies that have fallen out of favor, like big oil.
The president kicked off 2011 with talk of compromise and progress, as if standing on the precipice of economic catastrophe had ushered in a great new beginning. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, the new beginning that a GOP-controlled House will make possible is an end to the self-indulgence that has characterized public policy over the past two years.