by John Hawkins | May 30, 2007 3:59 pm
“Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it’s time to replace an “on your own” society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.
The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an ownership society really is an “on your own” society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.
“I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society,” she said. “I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none.”
That means pairing growth with fairness, she said, to ensure that the middle-class succeeds in the global economy, not just corporate CEOs.
“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed,” she said. “Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.
…”We have sent a message to our young people that if you don’t go to college … that you’re thought less of in America. We have to stop this,” she said.” —
Karl MarxComrade Hillary Clinton
One of the left’s favorite arrows in the class warfare quiver, is the wealth gap between the rich and poor. The idea here is supposed to be that even if the poor and middle class are doing better economically, they should still be angry, bitter, and jealous because the rich are doing even better than they are. Then, the liberal/socialist (same thing, really) dream is that the proletariat will become angry and demand that the government will step in and take control of most aspects of the US economy so that they can teach the bourgeoisie a lesson!
The problem with this thinking is that the liberal idea of fairness, everybody gets the same results, strangles entrepreneurs, crushes the human spirit, and always leads to less prosperity for everyone. If you believe in real fairness, which means the government does its best to make sure everyone has a level playing field under the law, yes, some people will do much better than others, but society also does better as a whole. It’s like Churchill said,
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”
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