Almost fifty years ago, John F Kennedy was elected on a platform based on the famous “ask yourself what you can do for your country and not what the country can do for you”. Today, our new president has been elected on the demagogic platform of “ask the government what you are entitled to”. President Obama has made it clear that higher education and health care are universal rights, that paying for your mortgage mistakes is a given and that”wealth” (still unquantified) must be spread out.
That is all good for the majority of free loaders that vote but don’t pay taxes. But what has happened to rewarding hard work, personal and financial responsibility, merit and common sense, all the things that make the American dream he vows to reclaim. The dream is live and well. As a successful legal immigrant I am a living proof of it, and as the first African American Columbia and Harvard educated president, Mr Obama is another one.