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In Reply to: RE: What's wrong with this picture?... posted by Rockethead26 on June 17, 2017 at 16:28:35
The important difference is that, in the USA, it's by personal choice.
That's a pretty strong statement. There is always a small percentage of the population that takes advantage of any system. You cannot make a blanket statement like that and really believe it.
If you're comparing poverty in North Korea to poverty in the USA, you cannot ignore the fundamental fact that, in the USA, people are free to live their lives however they choose.
You want to be poor, be poor. You want to be well-off, be well-off. You want to live on welfare, live on welfare (the rest of us will be forced to pay for it). You want to be average, be average. In the USA, it's all up to the individual. Such is not the case in North Korea or other repressive dictatorship countries.
Most of us grew up surrounded with opportunity. Many do not.
I still don't understand what you're saying. EVERYONE in the USA has the same opportunity to become fabulously successful and wealthy. Can you say "Oprah Winfrey", or "Bill Gates", or "Rush Limbaugh"?
None of these very successful and wealthy people has a college degree, yet, they make WAAAY more money than I do.
And they weren't born into wealth - they did it themselves.
I'll bow out now and let you keep your blinders on. Lack of opportunity is self explanatory.
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