Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

WASHINGTON, July 31 -

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Mr. Speaker, weíve heard a lot about fairness from the President lately. Perhaps his Chicago advisors think that if he distracts, divides & creates envy (all in the name of so-called fairness) Americans will ignore their thin wallets and stacked up bills. But, the people are smarter than back room government policycrats.

If the President is reelected in January, he will have inherited a weak economy from his predecessorÖhimself. Then, who will he blame?

The President was elected to solve problems-- not place blame and make excuses for failure. Like most Americans, I want the Administration to succeed, but the evidence is not on its side: With unemployment higher than 8% for 41 monthsóeven higher for recent college graduates at above 50% and our deficit above $15 trillion -- there isnít much of a record to stand on.

So, we are involved in a new Madison Ave campaign division called: ìRemake Americaî to make America ìfairî.  Of course, fairness is in the eyes of the beholder and it means different things to different folks.  But it certainly sounds good at first glance. 

Mr. Speaker, letís look at this idea: The politics of ìfairnessî are used when politicians want you to ignore their dismal record and then claim that some people havenít been treated fairly.  This is a mere diversion from failed ideas. When you look at the record, youíll see that this Administrationís definition of fairness really means favoritism.

There is no fairness in crony capitalism.  That is favoritism.

There is no fairness in a perpetual bailout culture where the omnipotent government deems some too big to fail and others too small to succeed. That is favoritism.

There is no fairness in forcing Americans to fork over money to pay for failed pet endeavors, like Solyndra. That is favoritism.

There is no fairness in an unaccountable government that constantly takes money from the people and squanders it in a failed stimulus, (or two) that is favoritism.

There is no fairness in enforcing some laws while proudly ignoring others. That is favoritism.

What this ìfairnessî debate or the politics of favoritism achieves is a systematic desire by government to create animosity -- animosity towards those who have or are just trying to achieve ìsuccessî ñ whatever that definition is to them. It also creates animosity toward government from those who built it all on their own without being a member of the governmentís favored class.

This debate degrades the American dream because it removes the equality of opportunity and creates a class of favorites---the class of government ìfriendsî. There is no equality or fairness in forced equal outcomes.