This America [I see] is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; 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.
In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.
Fairness has to do with equal opportunity, not with equal results. Getting ahead means working hard, not getting handouts from the government. We celebrate those who are successful; we don't envy or begrudge them. These are the values that I believe resonate with the American people.
I think Romney is off to a very good start, and that makes me optimistic.
Obama is on the wrong track, pitting rich against poor and black against white, blaming banks and big corporations for our problems, expanding the role of government instead of shrinking it, and insisting on playing Robin Hood with higher taxes on the rich.
The November elections pose a monumental choice to the American voter, a choice that will have profound consequences for the future of our country and our economy. Politics can fundamentally alter economies and markets, and this year I believe our political choices will matter more than at any time in my lifetime.