Democrats Eschew the Difference Between 'Treating People Equally and Attempting to Make Them Equal'

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As Joe Biden and the Democrat Party rush to embrace equity over equality in their drive to transform America from the land of opportunity and achievement into a land of wealth redistribution and full-blown socialism, Orwellian examples continue to emerge, reminding us that Biden indeed is “not joking.”


As RedState reported on Thursday, the latest example of the Democrats’ determination to “rebalance” America came from Biden’s Treasury Department head, Janet Yellen‘s announcement of the inaugural members of the Treasury Advisory Committee on Racial Equity. The first-of-its-kind committee will provide advice and recommendations to Yellen on efforts to advance racial equity in the economy and address acute disparities for communities of color. As reported by Townhall, Yellen laughingly said:

The Biden Harris administration has made racial equity a centerpiece of our economic agenda. Advancing racial equity is not just a moral priority, it is also vital to our economic success.

Every word of that statement is a demonstrable lie.

The following quote from Yellen is up front and center on the U.S. Treasury Department website:

A critical piece of executing on our racial equity goals is bringing a wide set of outside perspectives and lived experiences to the decision-making table. The Treasury Advisory Committee on Racial Equity, made up of members with wide-ranging backgrounds and expertise, will provide important insight and advice to leadership across the department to bolster and inform our equity efforts.


Racial “equity” has no place in a free-market economic agenda, much less in the programs and policies of the United States government, including the Treasury Department. Denying opportunity or suppressing economic success to one group for the benefit and “advancement” of another group is not “moral. Rather, it’s immoral pandering, exploitation, and punishment, always with an eye on the ballot box, a truism clearly understood by Irish playwright and political activist, George Bernard Shaw:

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

Moreover, as correctly observed by famed Austrian-British economist and legal theorist F.A. Hayek, a society built on wealth redistribution ultimately leads to servitude for all, as we’ve seen throughout history.

There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means, as De Tocqueville describes it, a new form of servitude.

The above two quotes combined encapsulate today’s Democrat Party better than anything I’ve yet seen.

Nonetheless, the Democrat march in pursuit of Orwellian “utopia” continues. As noted by Daily Caller, the committee is a product of Treasury’s 2021 “equity assessment.” Biden on his first day in office signed an executive order called “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” that directed federal agencies to conduct equity assessments.


A statement “from” Biden begins in a historically correct manner but goes off the rails in the second sentence:

Equal opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy, and our diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths. But for too many, the American Dream remains out of reach. Entrenched disparities in our laws and public policies, and in our public and private institutions, have often denied that equal opportunity to individuals and communities.

Our country faces converging economic, health, and climate crises that have exposed and exacerbated inequities, while a historic movement for justice has highlighted the unbearable human costs of systemic racism. Our Nation deserves an ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda that matches the scale of the opportunities and challenges that we face.

Again, nonsense. With a reference to Biden’s obsession with “systemic racism” tossed in for good measure.

The Bottom Line

The lengths to which the Democrat Party goes to rationalize, justify, and sell massive wealth redistribution scams to rank-and-file Democrat voters and other low-information voters would be impressive — although still obscene — were it not for the mischaracterization of Americans who understand the words of George Bernard Shaw and F.A. Hayek, and embrace the opportunity offered by the greatest country in history.



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