1. You're right some people are born with everything and they fail, but the norm for those born with everything is to succeed and the norm for those born with nothing is to fail. That's not a coincidence.There are also people who have been born with every opportunity but go on to have failed and unhappy lives. Asking the government to make everything equal, including outcome, ignores the human spirit which exists in all of us and which should get the opportunity to express itself. That's really the American Dream, to my mind. Just to be whatever you can be and to take pride in that.
2. Equality does not deny the human spirit, it ensures that everyone has the same opportunity to fully realize it.
3. That's a great dream. It's to bad that not everyone has the same opportunity to realize it.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Living in a neighborhood full of newly arrived boat people.
And if they were driving, they were driving new cars. On credit. Hadn't been in the COUNTRY two years. Some kind of program guaranteeing loans.
Pissed a lot of people off, usually at the Vietnamese themselves. Not me, after the crap they came from I got no problem with a little help. I was pissed at the system for hooking them up while denying me.
Just saying that they did kinda get their 40 acres and a mule, so didn't exactly start with "nothing".
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
It's also true that immigrants tend to be higher achievers than those who stayed at home. It takes some guts and hard work, and some capital, to pick yourself up and move halfway around the world to pursue better opportunities abroad.
Lets say you magically create jobs for everyone in the country, but you leave the welfare/entitlement/ parasite system as is. How many would get off their asses and go work if they will still be taken care of for doing nothing?? Not many I would bet form my experiences.
Why should they? The American laziness idea of getting something for nothing is the absolute way to go. They KNOW FOR A FACT that their kids will not starve, that no matter HOW MANY babies they make, if they do the right forms, they will get fed, clothed and housed. Why should they do anything different?
People still go to prison and not worry about it because there is nothing to be afraid of, they get fed, educated, clothed and paid. If the cost of going to prison, for example, cost you a digit, a limb or a testicle (lol) for each incarceration, then maybe people might think twice about doing illegal ****. But again, where is the incentive to stop?
Until people look in the mirror and say "****!, I'm gonna and my family will starve to death and be homeless unless I go out and work"... the bull**** will just stay the same.
African American Household Income, 1999 = $29,423
Vietnamese American Household Income, 1999 =$45,085
American mean Household Income = 1999 = $41,994
Workforce Participation Rate:
African-American = 43%
Vietnamese-American = 55.7%
American mean = 49.33%
Mean Value of Residence:
African-American = $80,600
Vietnamese-American = $151,400
American mean = $119,600
African-American = 21.27%
Vietnamese-American = 19.82%
American mean = 17.68%
Families below poverty line (#Families/population)
African-American = 5.13%
Vietnamese-American = 3.11%
American mean = 2.35%
Individuals below poverty line
African-American = 23.5%
Vietnamese-American = 15.67%
American mean = 12.05%
Last edited by RiverDad; 09-12-11 at 03:05 PM.