In President Obama's world, "fairness" seems to be of overarching concern. Too bad "fairness" means what he says it does rather than what Webster's specifies.
You'll rarely hear Obama talk about economic growth -- even as an aspiration -- and not just because there's been a dearth of it under his miserable five years in office.
It's not where his head is. It's not his wheelhouse. It's absent from his list of priorities, and I'm not just talking about golf, White House galas and filling out NCAA tournament brackets.
When he talks policy, he doesn't talk about economic growth, except when he's touring the country to give the latest version of his "laserlike focus" speech. Even then, any references to economic growth are either propaganda throwaways or rationalizations for why things aren't better.
True economic growth -- really expanding the economic pie, getting America's business and industrial sectors humming again and experiencing an uplifting economic boom -- does not even occur to him. They just didn't emphasize bullishness on free market capitalism and the entrepreneurial spirit in his community organizing seminars and his hate-America-as-founded rallies.
Laserlike focus? He has one, all right, but it's on moving us further away from anything that could spur real economic growth and a proliferation of prosperity across all income levels.
He is about consolidation and top-down control. To him, those in power should concern themselves not with growth but with how resources are allocated.
Obama opposes lower capital gains tax rates, despite their history of spurring economic growth and more tax revenues than higher rates. He simply can't abide the wealthy's thriving under this scheme. To him, fairness means punishing high-income earners, even when doing so requires hurting lower-income earners.
He opposes robust exploitation of our conventional energy resources -- oil, coal, natural gas -- and nukes because these industries symbolize parts of America that he resents.