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  •  I take issue with a few of your conclusions (14+ / 0-)

    First off, though this is the ideal

    a great upbringing + education + hard work + risk taking = success
    it is not a given.  Many things can interfere with the "success" part of the equation, including poor health, the wrong employer, a less remunerative career choice, a sick child or spouse, the color of one's skin, one's country of origin, one's gender, an accident, and the many other vagaries of fate.

    Second, the bad rap that the 2% get, here and elsewhere, is really directed at those who believe that others who have less deserve less, and at those who work to preserve a stacked tax and policy deck in favor of those already lucky enough to have success--in other words, those who buy into Republican talking points.  

    There's no need to be defensive.  If you are doing right by yourself and by your country, then remember that no one is attacking you personally.  Work for fair policies for everyone (including yourself), recognize that luck did play some part in your success, and treat those who work for you with respect and consideration, and you will be celebrated.

    “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” ~ Yann Martel

    by SottoVoce on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:47:52 AM PST

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