Less opportunity, more opportunity. Fucking opportunity is opportunity. No, it may not be the same exact opportunity, but not everyone gets to go to Ivy League schools. Everyone has a chance to, if that's what they choose to drive towards. Parents make decisions that affect their children. Children can make decisions that lift them up above where they came from. Some parents choose to sacrifice their own opportunities to try to ensure their children have more than they did. Some parents make terrible decisions that make their childrens' lives harder. But we all are born with the same things available in life. Some people have to work harder to get to those things, that's just a fact. There is never going to be an "equal" playing field as you describe, except that we all get one life and decide what we do from there. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are constantly infringed upon by these government programs that presume to know how to mete out fairness and justice better than without it. As soon as you take someone from one person against their will and give it to another, you are infringing on that person's inalienable rights. Doesn't matter how altruistic you want to make it sound. There is a limited amount of stuff regardless of what stuff may be, and that means some people will get that stuff and some people won't. There is one POTUS job at a time. That means 350 million other people don't get to be that. Setting aside the age and other requirements, every one of those 350 million people had the opportunity to be president. But someone else won out. Opportunity is about having the option to try. Some opportunities have a very low chance of success regardless of who you are or what income level you were born into. Equal Opportunity is not about everyone having the option to try. You are not legally restricted from running for president because you went to a public school in a poor neighborhood. But if you decide to let that guide you into a career at McDonald's then you're ;probably giving up your opportunity to be POTUS. UBI ain't gonna get you into Yale. Hard work is going to. And someone who gets to Yale with hard work versus someone whose parents could afford to send them to every university at once is probably going to be better off. Does that mean since the hard worker now has a better opportunity for a job that the trust fund kid should get some sort of government assistance to help offset his laziness brought on by affluenza? No, he chooses what to do with the opportunity. Some choices you make, some your parents make, some your parents parents make. What you do with opportunity is up to you.