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  • The Ladder of Opportunity vs. Obama's Fairness Escalator

    If 2008 was all about hope and change, 2012 may well be about ladders. Yes, ladders. President Barack Obama has developed a soft-spot for the “ladder of opportunity” metaphor, and he’s running with it.

    At a community college in Ohio a few weeks ago, he promised an economy “where there are ladders of opportunity.” At a campaign event in Chicago this January, he called on those who’ve made it to “do a little bit more so that the next generation is able to get on the ladder of success.”

    In Osawatomie in December, he gave us the memorable: “And yet, over the last few decades, the rungs on the ladder of opportunity have grown farther and farther apart.” Last September, he urged Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to ensure that “low-income Americans who desperately want to work will have more ladders out of poverty.”

    Yet for all his talk of ladders, President Obama doesn’t seem to understand how these rather simple contraptions work. Ladders – whether real or symbolic of opportunity – don’t automatically advance all who step on them. Only those who put in the effort to climb get to the top.

    When President Obama talks about ladders of opportunity and success, he actually seems to have escalators in mind: people just hop on, and everyone gets to the same place without effort.

    A more fitting term would be the “escalator of success” or, given his fixation on fairness, perhaps “the fairness escalator”? Of course, that doesn’t quite have the same ring as “ladder of opportunity.” So the president has stuck with an image that instantly resonates with voters.

    Conspicuously absent from all this ladder talk, though, is the slightest suggestion that we can perhaps create our own opportunities. Nor is there any acknowledgment of the virtues necessary to climb one’s way to the top: hard work, perseverance, fortitude, prudence and a real desire to get there. After all, some may fall down and will need to pull themselves back up again.

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    2 Responses to The Ladder of Opportunity vs. Obama's Fairness Escalator

    1. Bobbie says:

      It's extremely perplexing to have an American in such a position to freely abuse his authority to under and override his constitutional duties evolving his position without a realm of respect to force opportunities out of the country only to replace them with Mr. Obama's government controlled opportunities determined by the ill educated the good of the American people are forced to endure. How about business friendly where the government doesn't enable further corruption by involving itself and causing needless expense?! We can do it without big daddy like we did before big daddy became mentally challenged. Humoring the mentally challenged isn't promoting recovery!

    2. Bob says:

      Lets get this straight. OBAMA IS IN NO WAY A PRESIDENT OF ANYTHING, HE'S KENYEN BORN AND RAISED. HE'S PROVEN HIS DISLOYALTY TO OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE. A TREASONOUS ACT PUNISHABLE BY IMMEDIATE PROCEEDINGS FOR IMPEACHMENT. NONE TO DATE. HE'S GONE AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, AGAIN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE. HAS DELVED INTO SAYING THIS COUNTRY IS TO BLAME FOR MOST ANYTHING THAT HAS EVER HAPPEND. KIND OF LIKE BOWING TO THE COMMIE CHINESE. IF THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE BUSH'S YOU COULD BET YOUR LAST ROCK BOTTOM DOLLAR THE UBER MEDIA WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL OVER IT JUST LIKE THEY AND ODILDO STILL BLAME HIM FOR CRUD THEY'RE DOING! So please stop calling this waist of human flesh president HE IS NOT !

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