I was able to move up in my income bracket because I had a college degree and
worked hard at my job. My other asset is that I have an educated husband who
also has a good job. Life will never be fair. Why was school so easy for me when
other children and young adults had to work so much harder? My I.Q. was just
higher, at least according to my tests. I came from a poor family, but because I
was given a gift, I was able to succeed. Life is not fair, and the poor will
always be among us. It is our job to use whatever gifts we have to help others.
I tutor a child for free. It doesn't cost me money, only time.
The study will not alter the way Pres. Obama discusses the issue because he is
set on creating envy in one class against another to gain political power. If we
get enough people upset at those evil rich people, we can vote to steal, er, I
mean tax what they have worked for. The results are not surprising.
If your family makes a good living, one would expect that they spend that money
on education and other training their children to be successful. The reason I
work long hours is to provide my children with every opportunity.The
fact that nearly 10 percent of children born in the bottom fifth ends up in the
top fifth actually shows economic mobility. One would expect that even greater
numbers of children born in the second, third and forth fifths to also move up
as they have less distance to go. That would mean a majority of people in the
top fifth did not start there. That is called opportunity.
"As Leonhardt suggests in his New York Times piece, no matter what the
varying takeaways may be from pundits and politicians, 'the study has the
potential to alter the way Mr. Obama and other public figures talk about
"potential" perhaps, but, given the tendency of Mr. Obama and far too
many of his cohorts in the administration blind guides, more liable to strain at
gnats while swallowing camels when it comes to implementing or even recognizing
wise policy.From what I've seen of this study, it is most
remarkable for how little is actually surprising. At least to anyone with an
ounce of common sense.To think that one's likelihood of success
in life is enhanced, "if they hail from a community with lots of two-parent
families.", is another of those "Yeah, so what?" kinds of
conclusions that seem so typical from these kinds of things.I wish
more people would strive to strengthen and then rely on more of the kind of
innate intelligence that makes these kinds of "findings" to be as
natural as noticing that water always runs downhill.
Let's be honest on a national level neither Republicans and Democrats give
anything more than mouth speak with regard to upward mobility. They are more
concerned about lining their own pockets as well as those who finance their
The most dangerous aspect of these reports is the cataclysmic response by
Socialist (i.e Democratic and Republican) dreamers that will castigate
capitalism and the rich, when the absolute undeniable fact is that government
policies, abetted by corrupt and scheming politicians, have created it.
Capitalism will be blamed and the socialist dreamers will collude to find
another reason to confiscate and redistribute wealth and worst of all, the
common man and women and the poor will be forgotten! Wake up America and get
off your high horse and educate yourself!
@Clarissa:"Life is not fair, and the poor will always be among us. It
is our job to use whatever gifts we have to help others. I tutor a child for
free. It doesn't cost me money, only time."Keep up the good
example and the hard work. We will all die but the knowledge that we shared and
the lives we changed will remain.