Re: Cain: Not rich? No job? Blame yourself
posted at 10/6/2011 10:51 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Cain: Not rich? No job? Blame yourself
[QUOTE]There are numerous factors that individuals DO NOT control that adversely effect whether they succeed or fail in life. For instance, folks who have nothing to do with the financial markets getting laid off because the business the work for can longer get reliable credit because the money markets are frozen as a result of some bank they have no affliation with failing and taking billions and billions of dollars with them. These people have no right to complain? We tell our kids that to be successful they must not only finish high school but go to college (and increasingly to grad school) and they are inundated with studies showing the income disparities among people with only a diploma, with some college, with a college degree, etc and so they apply and enroll in university only to be saddled with Tuition that increases at a rate higher than inflation forcing them to borrow now so they can have successful lives tomorrow. These people have no right to complain? What about the people getting squeezed on food prices, gas, heating oil, and other items tied directly to a commodities market that has been exploited by investment banks who have dervived income by forcing prices of foodstuffs, gas, etc up to levels unprecendented in American history. They have no right to complain? When the entities driving market forces that the average american isn't involved with do these things and ultimately get bailed out for ruining everything I would think the average person who gets stuck with tab, loses their job, loses their home, and remain saddled in debt with no recourse of their own SHOULD complain. Cain is an idiot.
Posted by DamainAllen[/QUOTE]
As a society we have become soft as President Obama recently stated.
We have lost our competitive edge and our sense of individual responsibility to take care of ourselves. This countries residents in the past took great adversity (dust bowl, depresssion, WWII), persevered and moved on with new determination to fulfill the American Dream.
Today people are too quick to blame others for their situation; whether they signed a mortgage they couldn't handle or student loans to which they now have buyers remorse. I know when I graduated college in the late 70's, I had to look out of region to find a job working in an aligned field, but not what I wanted for less money than I expected. But I persevered, lived simply within my means and paid my bills. I took my opporunites and turned them into a good career.
Today I could complain that the spoils that "should" be available to me while I'm in my 50's aren't there. The world is more competitive, senior level salaries are less than what my predecessors' were and I find my self surrounded by diversity goals which bring younger less seasoned staff up the ladder who have less skills.
But I'm happy I'm employed and doing what I like to do, so I adapted my expectations to create my new reality. A persons success is driven by skill set, opportunity and how successful they were with that opportunity.