Thursday, October 6, 2011

News & Record's Doug Clark: "The underprivileged 99 percent"

"Wow. Underprivileged 99 percent.

I would be deeply embarrassed if one of my sons,
who are about the same age, had grown up with 1) this extreme lack of perspective
and 2) such an overinflated sense of entitlement.

...Most Americans are over privileged when compared to most of the rest of the world.

Due to entitlements paid for by borrowing
which is going to be charged to the following generations
including your kids?

And we don't even realize it.

Does Doug realize his sons are going to have to pay for the Aquatic Center?

Does Doug realize his sons are going to have to pay for their father's Social Security
after Doug's generation stole the surpluses since 1983?

How can someone with two college degrees
consider himself underprivileged when it's a privilege just to go to college?

Is it a privilege to graduate with $$$$$ of debt that current job openings
wont make affordable?

Is it a privilege for my kids to pay hundreds % more for education
than their parents did?

It shows how spoiled we've become
when we can't appreciate the opportunities we've been given.

To have had our kids future income taxes confiscated by Doug's generation
so the Baby Boomers could have a more pleasant present
by indenturing our children's future?

...My parents' generation certainly didn't have the privileges we enjoyed
and were able to pass on to our kids.

Is today's biggest generation leaving a better tomorrow for it's children?

...we have college-educated young people
who seem to expect someone else to take care of them.

Do we not have college-educated young people
who can't find jobs in their field of study
because the prior generation exported their jobs to maximize profits
at the expense of future Americans livelyhoods?

I don't think this conversation is really about the privileged and underprivileged at all.

I think it's about givers and takers.

Some people want those who have succeeded to give more
so they can take more.

How is this not hypocritical Doug,
if many who have "succeeded" did so by borrowing more than can be repaid
during their lifetimes?

Doug "Cognitive Dissonance" Clark

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