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You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

No guarantees.

At this point, like with any bad sitcom, Americans can guess what President Barack Obama is going to say on any given topic without much difficultly. Billionaires this, private jets that, “investments,” and so on. But there is one idea that is particularly annoying; one that is repeated often by politicians on both sides.

Here‚??s the president last night:

‚??It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country ‚?? the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.‚?Ě

Actually, there is no such bargain, nor has there ever been, so there is nothing to restore. It seems that this is the sort of merit-based guarantee of success that politicians like to make. There is no assurance that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities ‚?? whatever Obama believes those duties may entail ‚?? that you‚??re going to get ahead in life. Plenty of good people fail and plenty of terrible people succeed. Get used to it. There‚??s no Fairness Bunny.

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David Harsanyi is the former editor of Human Events. He is a syndicated columnists and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, New York Post, and numerous other publications and is the author of ‚??Obama‚??s Four Horsemen: The Disasters Unleashed by Obama‚??s Reelection‚?Ě (Regnery, 2013) and ‚??Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children‚?Ě (Doubleday/Broadway, 2007).

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