The end of the American dream

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    "If you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to have a decent life and a chance for your children to have a better one," President Bill Clinton once famously declared. Yet America is no longer the best place for those born poor to live out the American Dream. According to some studies, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and much of Western Europe offer their citizens a much higher degree of economic mobility. The impoverished in the U.S., on the other hand, are more likely to stay poor, while rich Americans stay rich — bad news for a country grounded in a much-vaunted "classless" society and one of presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's talking points on the campaign trail. Is economic mobility in the U.S. a myth?

    http://theweek.com/article/index/22...-what-happened-to-economic-mobility-in-the-us
     
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    God damned harder than it used to be , but still possible.

    I have a lot of difficulty believing Europe has any advantage.
     
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    What they mean is those countries offer more safety net at the tax payers expense. More socialism for the supposed poor. More opportunities to get someone else to pay to get you out of being poor.
     
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    Did you know? FDR: Allowed Pearl Harbor to happen on his watch, FDR Depression was worse than the 7 Biblical Lean Years

    The 7 biblical lean years had zero to do with any politician or man other than their corrupt spirit.
     
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    It's all but gone, the closer to the bottom you are the more energy goes into simply keeping from sliding further, never mind making headway. It is entirely too likely to end up in a stagnant hole having done nothing wrong other than forgetting to invest in a functional crystal ball.
     
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    The safety nets here in the U.S. rapidly become hammocks. Then, safely ensconced, the participants spend the rest of their lives sabotaging themselves so that they never have to get out......
     
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    ... it should be just if you work hard - not everyone who is poor is a Clinton Democrat or a Tea Party Republican.
     
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    Let me guess, it's all Republican's fualt and Dems have tried so hard to save it but the mean ol Reps kept hammering away on them... That's why Obama repealed so many evil Republican policies with his Dem congress...
     
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    Sounds like dependency. I have depended on no man. I look to God. Thus far it has been a winning proposition. Yeah, I work hard but the God I know expects me to. Yet, I do not work as hard as most cause He promised that his yoke was light. He is a "Man of His Word".
     

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