What's Fair Isn't Really Fair

My take on Obama's remarks on "playing by the same set of rules."

By Kristin Shields

In case you did not see it, President Obama gave a speech on Monday February 13 in Northern Virginia introducing his “Community College to Career Fund” proposal, which would dedicate $8 billion to expand job training and certification at community colleges.

There is nothing shocking about the amount of criticism circulating the election-year rhetoric of the speech, given at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA. While the proposal seems noble in appearance, many Republicans are skeptical about the proposal, indicating a doubt that it is anything more than a campaign gimmick.

However, one thing really stood out to me in his speech and I decided to share it with you. At the beginning of the speech, Obama began talking about the ‘American promise’ of working hard and reaching your dreams. Take a look at this quote:

“We've got a choice:  We can settle for a country where a few people do really, really well, and everybody else struggles to get by.  Or we can restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules -- from Washington to Wall Street to Main Street.  That’s the America we believe in.”

We have here a perfect example of misleading political rhetoric. There is no question that there are countless examples of partisan rhetoric from all sides of the aisle. But this caught my attention when I was listening Monday morning because of its blatantly specious nature.

Although he has the correct definition of ‘fair’ – everyone plays by the same rules – Obama’s idea of fair is anything but fair. If he had his way, the American way of living would be transformed from the American dream to the socialist nightmare that exists in the European Union. Policies such as affirmative action, universal healthcare, and those that result in the redistribution of wealth, without creating any new wealth and thereby punishing the rich for the sake of the poor, are examples of the exact opposite of playing by “the same set of rules.”

As a college student, it is difficult to afford school, even with a few small scholarships and in-state tuition. But falsely advertised attempts to even the playing field are making it even harder. Policies that mandate diversity or only provide benefits to minorities are anything but playing fair.

Do not let these false promises and blatantly specious words fool you. Nothing is fair about Obama’s ideas.

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MikeC February 21, 2012 at 01:23 PM
This column is far from being 'purple', it is dark scarlet red. Pres. Obama wants to "transform" the American dream "to the socialist nightmare that exists in the EU."??? Honestly. I'm surprised analogies weren't made to the Nazis and Stalin, but maybe "Purple Politics" is saving those for later columns. Is it possible to offer constructive change that doesn't denigrate or alienate people? I honestly do not know where the Republican Party wants to take this country. Policies that have been enacted by the GOP for the past 40 years have created a deep divide between the haves and the have nots. Orwellian language has tried to make more polluted lands and less safer foods cleaner and more free. Start closing the gaps, make it more possible for the poor live with less fear and enact more improvements to infrastructure, elder care, prescription drug availability, affordable health care, safer living conditions, etc. instead of attempting to strike fear into the hearts of Americans by digging up fantasy lands like the "nightmare in the EU", terrorism in our shopping malls, confiscation of guns, etc. These things are old, tired and just plain wrong.
Aliza Worthington February 22, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Thank you, Mike. I'm considering a blog series called "How to Have a Conversation." (I seem to be unable to write a blog without it being part of a series, but that's another issue.) In defense of Purple Politics, I believe "purple" is referring to their attempt to infuse Republican viewpoints into a heavily Democratic state, rather than their being a blend of Rep and Dem viewpoints. (Purple Politics, do I have that right? Please correct me if I am wrong...)
Lili Wolfe February 23, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Why should opportunities for students be frowned upon by a struggling student who knows how hard it is to be a student? Nothing ever changes with Republicans. They need to ensure an undereducated, under-employed, under-class to maintain the enormous canyon of their “us and them” mentality. It is in everything they do; preventing population control education and support ensures the overpopulation of the poor; attempting to extract their share of taxes from public education ensures that the children of the poor never break the cycle of poverty, understand the workings of democracy and the history of economic tyranny, and the need to be a voter. The good news is that, by default, the Republicans are not so rich anymore. The mortgage crisis rippled through everything in this country. The bad economic administration of Bush did level the playing field. The bad news is that they more nonsense-filled than one could ever have imagined. And, they are on a dinosaur march to their own destruction. Their plan backfired. There are many more of us than them. It is our job, green and blue, to get all the children of all the generations of regular folk, despised by Republicans, TO GET OUT AND VOTE. It is sick and infantile to believe that a good turn for others is somehow depriving you of some entitlement. Two year olds are prone to this belief and throw tantrums as a result. Two year olds have to be taught to share. Maybe we need a giant time out chair for the GOP.
Purple Elephant Politics March 02, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Yes, Aliza, that is a large portion of why we exist: to bring the balance back by providing some varying opinons on different topics such as this one. This post is a comment on the irony of our President's words regarding everyone playing by the same set of rules. As mentioned in the post, there are numerous polices (not all enacted by Obama, it is true) that remove any semblance of fairness from the education system and even beyond. There are a different set of rules for each and every class, race, ethnicity, you name it. That does not equal fair. Furthermore, closing the gaps as suggested is not a way of creating opportunities to the poor but rather a way of preventing potential for growth, which helps no one. Thank you all for your opinions.


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