Silver Spoon

The LA Times reports on a speech by the President at a community college. He proudly announced that he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So how did he afford the elite schools that he attended?

Apparently if your parents have worked hard and are able to pay for your education you are 'born with a silver spoon in your mouth' and you are 'out of touch'. But if you take that money from others you are 'given a chance' and 'making the economy stronger'.

Why is one necessarily viewed with suspicion and contempt while the other is unquestionably ennobling?

What is it about taking - not just receiving, but taking via taxation - money from others that makes this an ennobling act that elevates an individual in a way that receiving voluntary charity from one's parents doesn't?

How is getting money from the state less of a silver spoon than getting money from your parents? The result of each is the same.

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