Equal - like for each member of a group, class, or societyWhy do I define the words? Because words have an established meaning. We must be reminded of this established meaning because then we know when the meanings are being twisted.
Fair - conforming with the established rules
So now let's look at a quote from this video from the President:
"...an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everybody plays by the same set of rules"
That sounds great!!! I do want an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everybody plays by the same set of rules.
Will that happen? I very very much doubt it. Currently only 53% of Americans pay income taxes. About 30% of the 47% that do not pay taxes, actually make money in the form of tax credits. For instance, a single parent who makes $16,000 a year with two children, and pays NO taxes, before any other welfare or government assistance, will receive a tax "refund" of $5,044. So taxes actually BOOSTS their income to $21,044.
That is an extreme example you say. Ok, let's play with the numbers and figure out when this single person with two children actually has to start paying taxes... around $34,000. That is when this person starts to actually pay in to the system. That sounds hardly fair.