December 21, 2011

MAKE THEM ALL TRUST FUND BABIES:

What kind of society does America want? (Mitt Romney, 12/20/11, USA Today)
 
In less than a year, the American people will go to the polls and choose a new president. A matter of great moment is at stake in this election. The question we will decide is this: Will the United States be an Entitlement Society or an Opportunity Society?

In an Entitlement Society, government provides every citizen the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort and willingness to innovate, pioneer or take risk. In an Opportunity Society, free people living under a limited government choose whether or not to pursue education, engage in hard work, and pursue the passion of their ideas and dreams. If they succeed, they merit the rewards they are able to enjoy.

Of course, the notion that, in the absence of government, a black kid in LA has the same opportunity as a Romney is asinine on its face.  So the question isn't Opportunity or Entitlement, but how to use entitlements to boost opportunity.  That, after all, is all that school vouchers, for instance, amount to.  The future of the GOP lies in a sort of defined contribution entitlement system (the Third Way) as opposed to the Democrats' insistence on a defined benefit entitlement system (the Second Way).  The First Way is, however, dead.

Posted by at December 21, 2011 7:31 AM
  

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