New York Times Op-Ed: America’s Unlevel Field

Americans are much more likely than citizens of other nations to believe that they live in a meritocracy. But this self-image is a fantasy: as a report in The Times last week pointed out, America actually stands out as the advanced country in which it matters most who your parents were, the country in which those born on one of society’s lower rungs have the least chance of climbing to the top or even to the middle.

Mitt Romney has stated he believes “the government should level the playing field to create equal opportunities,” but where is the evidence that he or his party cares at all about equality of opportunity?

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