How to solve America's crisis of unequal opportunity

Senator Mike Lee
2013-10-24 04:28:26
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaintop.jpg] * America's Opportunity Crisis* Ever since President Obama announced in July that his administration would be unable to follow some of the rigid requirements in Obamacare, the nation's attention has been focuesd on the train wreck as it unfolds.� I was one of many Republicans who decided that we needed to take a stand and protect the American people from a law that wasn't ready to implement.� In the course of this debate, I was asked several times if I have a plan to fix our healthcare system [link 1].� I have joined several other Repbulicans in introducing plans to fix various problems in our healthcare system, but in some ways simply having specific legislative proposals to fix healthcare policy isn't enough to fix the root problem that is undermining Americans' ability to voluntarily participate in our healthcare system: America's opportunity crisis. Today, the United States is beset by a crisis in inequality. It's not a crisis of unequal wealth or income, exactly � it's a crisis of unequal opportunity. We see it up and down American society. The underprivileged are trapped in poverty, sometimes for generations. The middle class is caught on a treadmill, running harder every year just to maintain the economic security and social cohesion that were once taken for granted. At the top of our society, we find a political and economic elite increasingly exempted and insulated � by law � from the rigors of competition and the consequences of their own mistakes. Many see this inequality and assume it must be a failure of the free market or due to a lack of government regulation. But in many ways, bigger government is not the solution to unequal opportunity � it's the cause. It is government policies, after all, that trap poor children in rotten schools and poor families in substandard housing. It is government policies that inflate costs and limit access to quality schools and health care and that hamstring badly needed innovation in higher education. And it's government policies that give preferential treatment and subsidies to well-connected corporations and special interests at the expense of everyone else. There is a very good reason why Americans increasingly believe our system has become rigged against those who work hard and play by the rules. America's crisis of unequal opportunity is the greatest challenge facing the United States today. We need to start developing a new agenda that restores equal opportunity � the God-given right to pursue happiness � to the families and communities from whom it has been unfairly taken. I plan on playing an active role in developing this new agenda, and I have introduced a tax reform plan that I believe is a good first step.� You can learn more about it here: * www.deseretnews.com/article/765638261/Americas-opportunity-crisis.html [link 2]* * 100,000 Followers on Facebook* My Facebook page recently reached 100,000 followers. Thank you to those of you who follow me. It is always helpful to read your comments and feedback. I also appreciate everyone who takes the time to share posts and discuss the important issues facing our nation with friends and family. Our country is facing significant challenges, but I remain convinced that for America the best is yet to come. We have recently seen how hard Washington will fight to prevent change, yet I also see evidence every day that Americans are becoming more engaged in the dialogue about the future of our country. I invite you to visit my Facebook page [link 3] and become part of the conversation to end America's crisis of unequal opportunity. [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 4] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 5]
October 24, 2013

America's Opportunity Crisis

Today, the United States is beset by a crisis in inequality. It's not a crisis of unequal wealth or income, exactly � it's a crisis of unequal opportunity.

We see it up and down American society.

The underprivileged are trapped in poverty, sometimes for generations. The middle class is caught on a treadmill, running harder every year just to maintain the economic security and social cohesion that were once taken for granted.

At the top of our society, we find a political and economic elite increasingly exempted and insulated � by law � from the rigors of competition and the consequences of their own mistakes.

Many see this inequality and assume it must be a failure of the free market or due to a lack of government regulation.

But in many ways, bigger government is not the solution to unequal opportunity � it's the cause.

It is government policies, after all, that trap poor children in rotten schools and poor families in substandard housing. It is government policies that inflate costs and limit access to quality schools and health care and that hamstring badly needed innovation in higher education. And it's government policies that give preferential treatment and subsidies to well-connected corporations and special interests at the expense of everyone else.

There is a very good reason why Americans increasingly believe our system has become rigged against those who work hard and play by the rules.

America's crisis of unequal opportunity is the greatest challenge facing the United States today. We need to start developing a new agenda that restores equal opportunity � the God-given right to pursue happiness � to the families and communities from whom it has been unfairly taken.

I plan on playing an active role in developing this new agenda, and I am introducing a tax reform plan that I believe is a good first step.  You can learn more about it here:

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