Absolutely true, and I'm glad Mr. Black had the courage to say this.
The land of opportunity is the place where anyone can accomplish almost anything, but there is a threadbare safety net
This is the stupidest thing I've heard anyone say in a long time. Until he wrote this, I had the utmost respect for Conrad Black. Now, not so much.
Well that is actually true too, however, I do not see that as a bad thing. Safety nets should be limited in scope so as to not dull productivity.