1985 was better overall
2015 is better overall
That rings true here.
The opportunities exist. Some kids just choose not to take advantage of them. They choose not to graduate from high school. They choose to sell drugs or rob a liquor store. They end up in jail because of their choices.... not because of anything society has done.
I'm not interested in holding back the kids that actually WANT to study and WANT to work hard so that we can cater to these kids who don't have that ambition.
It's not fair to them.
"If you can't stand the way this place is, Take yourself to higher places!"
Break, By Three days grace
Hilliary Clinton/Tim Kaine 2016
No, productivity isn't bad, but under our current system, increasing productivity does little to increase the compensation of those who are below the 90th or 95th income percentile or so. It's been like this since the mid 1970s or so. Certainly reducing the number of jobs won't help this situation any, without something else changing in our economy.