President Obama, Congressman Leonard Boswell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack each stressed that they wanted everyone to get a fair shake in America. I really don't see how this is possible.
If you look at today's America, everyone has the ability to receive an education through our public school system. I'll give you that teachers, administrators, funding, surroundings, etc., are not created equal, but I also believe that these obstacles can be overcome and success achieved if one is willing to work at it.
If you've worked hard, earned decent grades, etc., anyone can go to college. There are countless grants, loans, jobs, scholarships and other means of funding a college education today. In fact, colleges are rewarded by the government for providing opportunities to students who might not otherwise be able to attend. There's no excuse for not continuing your education if you want to.
It's not all work, either. As I've said before, I believe God created us all equal, but results vary. While we are all equal, that does not necessarily mean our intelligence and skill sets are the same to allow “fairness” to be achieved. We just need to know where we excel, our physical and mental limitations, and utilize our strengths to make the most of our lives.
These are the kinds of things that cannot and should not be legislated. Therefore, no matter how much federal government involvement takes place, you're always going to have winners and losers.
Punishing success or pointing at the rich, saying, “It's not fair they have that and I don't” only breeds envy. I think we all have the ability to be envious, but we need those around us to put things back into perspective. Let's be thankful for what we have and enjoy the freedom this magnificent country is supposed to offer us.