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View Diary: The Value - and Devaluation - of the Work Ethic (192 comments)

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    The story of why people immigrated to the USA is because in the "old country," an elite had wealth/capital, in the form of land, businesses, and access to education, and people wanted to come to the USA for a chance to work, save their money, and have their own land, their own businesses, and opportunities to get a better education. And you know what? It works a lot better here than it does in a lot of other places. The only difference is that over the course of the past 60 years, the rest of the world has caught up, and many parts of the world have a much more egalitarian society than they did before... but people still come to the USA so that they can have their own house, own land, and own businesses, because they can't find those things in their home countries.

    I, for one, don't see why everyone is getting their hate on against all of this talk of the worth ethic that we've all been surrounded by. People don't want to "hit the lottery" and hope that all their hard work "pays off someday" and makes them rich. They're willing to work hard for the tradeoff of being able to afford a home, send their kids to college, and have a secure retirement-- in short, have access to that wealth that they couldn't accumulate elsewhere. I don't think that's a delusion or a false hope-- I think it's what people want and I think that it's what the country can help create opportunities to.

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