With President Barack Obama unable to run on a record of economic growth, he has staked his reelection on the issue of economic fairness. Since Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas late last year, the media has let the President define fairness based on equality of outcomes (or rather, incomes) instead of equality of opportunity.
Tonight, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took the first step toward reclaiming the word “fairness.” Look at this excerpt from his remarks as prepared for delivery in New Hampshire:
I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.
This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.