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    Re: Making it in America

    The article makes a crucial error in its opening paragraph. The study reports a measure of how likely it is one generation will be in the same economic class as their parents. That's distinctly *not* the same thing as how accessible a change really is. It's far more a measure of our collective failure as a society (parents, schools, etc) as opposed to any inherent restriction placed upon us.

    From my personal perspective, living life here in these United States for almost a half century, we've successfully expanded two things highly detrimental to long term national success. One, we have incentivized sub-par performance. Instead of true social safety nets, we've woven a convoluted web of overlapping programs that encourage abuse of the system. Oddly enough, we may miss legitimate needs among our citizens while encouraging the opportunistic among us to live off the government dole. When you have 7 y/o kids telling the principal that they act up in class because their mom told them to, in order to get a bigger monthly check, something is seriously out of whack. And yes, that's a real-life example for my principal spouse. Two, we've made a profession out of shirking individual responsibility. Blaming schools for *all* ills is one example. Our current President is a poster boy for this movement. It's always someone else's fault for Obama, whether it's Bush, the Republicans in Congress, outside contractors on ACA, an anti-Muslim video in Benghazi, Solyndra, Fast-N-Furious, etc. He's Teflon man, if only in his, and his rabid supporters' eyes.

    Until we turn around these two aspects, we're going to lag in studies that map one generation to the next. It isn't for lack of opportunity, but for lack of desire, ambition, hope, etc. IMHO, "government" isn't entirely at fault for this, but bears a large part of the responsibility. Even at that, it's "us" that puts government in place and ultimately carries the responsibility.

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    Re: Making it in America

    Quote Originally Posted by Pehu View Post
    Lol, Pakistan...really? Of course it's easier to move up a notch in class there. Just find a show for your other foot and you're ahead of your Dad.
    The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

    H. L. Mencken

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