Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Equality vs Fairness

Our great country was founded on the premise of equality for all. We are a country with a foundation in individual freedom and equality for all Americans. All Americans have the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These words have meaning. I have found that that meaning is very different depending on party affiliation.

The Republicans are about equality. They desire a level playing field where everyone is provided equal opportunities. They believe in honest open competition. That is why they are for the market system. The free market system helps ensure the playing field is level and the deck is not stacked. When businesses are unable to compete they go out of business. When companies can compete effectively they reap benefits in the form of profits. The Republicans want to teach people to fish. They do not want to give someone a fish. The Republicans are not for free handouts and redistribution of wealth. They are all about hard work paying off with one opportunity leading to the next.

The democrats on the other hand are about fairness. They say it is not fair when someone works hard and it doesn't payoff. Instead of looking for the next opportunity the democrats would rather provide a free handout. Take for instance the mortgage bailout. Many people got into loans they could not possibly afford. Interest rates were at historic lows and yet people went with adjustable rate mortgages. These mortgages were bound to increase payments after they reset. The interest rates at the time had no where to go except up. The Republicans would have allowed the market to settle itself out. The only exception would have been to ensure our financial infrastructure did not crumble. The democrats could only think about "fairness". It wsn't fair that some people reaped the benefits and some people were facing problems. Herein lies the problem.

Republicans believe in equal opportunity for all and the democrats desire fairness. If one person is rich democrats believe it is only fair that everyone is rich. The problem is that life is not fair. There will always be winners and losers. Competition is human nature. Democrats do not desire equal opportunity for some will inevitably fail. Republican do not desire "fairness" because that destroys competition. A society without competition is doomed to failure. All we have to do is look at the failed socialist and communist states. America is the envy of the world because of equal opportunity not because of fairness. America was founded on the principle of equality and individual freedoms. America was not founded on fairness and societal institutions.

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