Sometimes a word leaps from the printed page and smashes in your face because it is so incredibly inappropriate and diametrically opposite of the facts.
Today’s word is: Prosperity.
It was in the hed on the front page of the Las Vegas newspaper (“During inaugural address, Obama calls on nation to broaden equality, prosperity“) and in The Associated Press lede (“Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with ‘passion and dedication’ to broaden equality and prosperity at home …”).
In the president’s second inaugural address, Obama was all over the equality and diversity map, he used the word prosperity once, and then it was not about what he would do to achieve it, but about how it would be spread more evenly. He used the word equal or equality seven times.
This is the context of his prosperity reference:
“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”
How he will achieve a rising middle class, he never said. He simply stated this was his belief, without offering any evidence or proof.
He did claim research labs and green energy technology bring jobs — even though studies show wasteful government spending on green energy kills more jobs than are created.
Obama said of this vaunted green tech: “That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet …” By paving the desert with solar panels as far as the eye can see and capping every mountain peak with eagle butchering windmills, I suppose.
Under Obama unemployment still hovers near 8 percent, food stamp recipients have increased, the average income is down, taxes are up and the percentage of people in the labor force is down precipitously.
Yet he said nothing about the deficit or the debt, nothing about improving the economy.
Prosperity is not in his vocabulary.
He is all about equality, even if that just means sharing hardship equally.