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  •  Dreams are something different. In fact dreams (0+ / 0-)

    are necessary. They can act as a stimulus.

    But there is no guarantee that all dreams will be filled. There's hard work (if you have a job), there's luck - like being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to take advantage of the situation.

    I was very lucky in being able to demonstrate whatever talents I have to the right people and having them recognized so I could be promoted, etc. I know many other people who were able to do the same and became successful at least in a moderate way.

    My parents lived through the Depression and really had nothing, but over the years they both worked hard, long hours and eventually in their middle years became middle, middle class with the perks that go with it.

    Not everyone can accomplish this upward mobility. The lower you start out the harder it is. If you drop out of school and can barely read, write and do basic math, you're future is pretty limited.

    I know there are college grads who can't get a job today, but when the economy does get better, they'll be able to make a living and possibly go as high as their drive and talents propel them.

    Those who haven't even graduated high school or learned a craft will continue to struggle to survive.

    Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Fri Nov 25, 2011 at 01:56:16 AM PST

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    •  Facts, not attitudes (1+ / 0-)
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      Middle class wages have stagnated for 30+ years, meaning no one cashing a paycheck today has the same kind of buying power that workers had in the 70s.  Meanwhile, the cost of living (basic necessities) has steadily risen, and cost shifting has also occurred - people are paying much more for their health care, housing and services than before.  Those lucky enough to have a job have seen retirement plans shift from defined benefits to defined contributions, which means they will have much less $$$ after their working lives have ended.  And most of that is in the unstable stock market.

      Unemployment continues to ravage individuals and families, keeping young people out of the job market at a crucial period in their lives (stalled careers translate significantly less lifetime earnings, which has a ripple effect on everything else), while older jobseekers (40+) may never have another decent job in their life.  

      You know, this is all common knowledge now.  Why are Occupy movements springing up in every corner of the country?  

      People realize the deck has been stacked against them, and they're unwilling to act like good proles any longer.  

      •  While 9%> unemployment is unacceptable, most (0+ / 0-)

        Americans do have jobs. They also have more "things" to tempt them.

        Thirty years ago few people had a mobil phone or cable or internet connection or multiple computers or mp3 players, etc. Amazing but when I was very young, we only had on phone and we also had a party line (shared the line with another subscriber).

        I have seen my retirement nest egg diminish. I depend on it along with SS to cover my expenses. So please don't need a lecture on the economy.

        Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Fri Nov 25, 2011 at 07:18:40 PM PST

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