President Obama, speaking in Virginia, said, "We don't believe anybody is entitled to success in this country."
"This country doesn’t just succeed when just a few are doing well at the top. It succeeds when the middle class gets bigger. Our economy doesn’t grow from the top down -- it grows from the middle out. We don’t believe that anybody is entitled to success in this country," said Obama. "But we do believe in opportunity. We believe in a country where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded, and everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share and everybody is playing by the same rules."
Success in America is an endangered species. Business bonuses are under heightened scrutiny; soon, making the right picks in the stock market or earning more than $200,000 per year will mean higher taxes; even the occasional business trips that “happened in Vegas” to reward top sales producers doesn’t “stay in Vegas” anymore. They stay at home. “Junkets” like that fell victim to finger-wagging rebukes from the president himself. Why blow your money gambling if it can fund another government program?