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  •  Interesting story. One of my parents came (7+ / 0-)

    from a dirt-poor farm family.  The other came from an upper middle class family that had lost almost everything.  When I was a child, we had plenty of airs and pretension, but not much money.  

    I've supported myself since age 17, never inherited a dime, and never got a dime from my family for college.  I had the highest test scores in my high school, but I had to work as a carpenter to earn enough to pay for my own college at a state school.  

    So I appreciate your comment about Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks.  

    At this point I have a good income and some assets.  But I could not possibly stop being a Democrat.  And I still have to work hard every day.  I'll never be able to retire.

    So many things have fallen apart in the United States that I think it's probably much harder nowadays to start with nothing and make a successful career entirely on one's own.  I would not have been able to do that without reasonable student loans and reasonable tuition at a good state college.

    •  Your story is mine and I am always aware (6+ / 0-)

      that my genetically inherited gifts of intelligence and talent would get me no where today.

      Even the best public schools are infected with who you know rather than what you know or can do. And skills that make you successful in high school often require substantial lessons and training that the poor no longer can afford under any circumstances.

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