“Fairness –

You will hear from Mr. Obama, in almost every speech he gives, references to fairness.  He will claim it is not fair to cut this government program or that.  He will say that it is only fair to ask the rich to pay more.  What is fair?  What does ‘fair’ really mean?  And, more importantly, what is Mr. Obama’s reason to call for fairness at every turn.

In his speech to the Democratic National Convention last summer, for example, he used the word fair on six occasions, including once referring to his vision of what we should do with our tax code.  “I want to reform the tax code so that it’s simple, fair and asks the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000.”  You need an interesting definition of “fair” to say that treating one group (those with incomes over $250,000) differently than all others fits any definition of fair that I have seen.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition includes the following: 

: marked by impartiality and honesty: free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism <a very fair person to do business with>

Congressman Ted Poe from Texas recently pointed out that “fairness” as used by the President is a distraction from his failures.  Here is some of what he said:

“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 takes money from the people and squanders it in a failed stimulus (or two if the president had his way). That is favoritism.


Are the lessons of Orwell lost on us?

Are the lessons of Orwell lost on us?

So if Mr. Obama’s use of the word “Fair” has nothing to do with “fairness” then what does the word mean in Obamaese?   I think it is the same concept of fairness and equality as used in Orwell’s Animal Farm, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”  It seems as if Mr. Obama and his friends feel that they are the only ones ‘smart enough’ to make the right decisions for the rest of us.  As such, they, in Mr. Obama’s world, are “more equal” than the rest of us.

As Snowball said in Animal Farm, “Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon  (Obama?) that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”  Snowball seems to represent those who believed that Mr. Obama really wanted the best for all citizens, not just those who were important to him gaining and staying in power.  Are the Snowballs of the world beginning to fear that Napoleon will turn on them when they are no longer needed?  Ask Women and African Americans what he has done to help them after getting their near total support.

So “Fair” in the eyes of Mr. Obama and his friends must mean what he feels is right, not what represents equal and honest treatment.  So when you hear Mr. Obama say the word “fair” it would do you well to insert in its place the words, “in alignment with my world view since I am smarter than you are and more deserving of the power to control your actions than you are.”

It would appear that “fairness” means to Mr. Obama “from each according to his ability and to each according to his needs.” – Louis Blanc but attributed to Karl Marx.

Am I “unfairly” saying that Mr. Obama is redefining his words and trying to reshape the world in his interests, not the interests of the citizens of the nation he leads?  What seems “Fair” to you?