That’s what Oprah said in her commencement speech to Duke University’s graduating class:
It’s great to have a nice home. It’s great to have nice homes! It’s great to have a nice home that just escaped the fire in Santa Barbara,” she told the students. “It’s great to have a private jet. Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn’t great is lying to you.
I understand the point she was trying to make. She is encouraging the graduates to work hard and take risks because the rewards will follow. But Oprah didn’t tell these graduates the truth about their new reality. They live in Obama’s world now. First, if you are not already rich, becoming rich will be very difficult as long as Obama has the White House. His spread the wealth, tax the rich, cap and trade, kill deferral policies will cripple the economy, making good jobs with the potential for advancement scarcer and scarcer. Second, even if you do make it rich, not just anyone can own a private jet or a few mansions in Obama’s world. You have to be in The One’s political favor to do that. If you are not, you will be maligned as evil and selfish and he will use the power of his bully pulpit to destroy you. Oprah should have told those kids the truth.
Update: On a related note, Barack Obama is taking Air Force One and flying to Las Vegas to raise money for Harry Reid, just months after declaring in February, “you can’t get corporate jets, you can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.”
Really? No taking trips to Las Vegas on the taxpayers’ dime?