Still a remarkable country of opportunity

Despite the incessant rantings of the American progressives demeaning everything about America, there is no better place to be if you want an opportunity more than a handout. Countless Americans of all backgrounds have proved that.

Today that may be harder because you also have to overcome the proliferation of rhetoric telling you that you are a victim, the system is rigged and unfair, that you are entitled and deserve, that someone else will pay for your future and that the immense success of others has hurt you when in fact the opposite is true.

In effect you are being told you are a loser incapable of achievement and success based on your own efforts.

Following is written by Jack T from Quinnscommentary comment section.

It is important to remember why Paul Krugman won the Nobel prize. in economics – it wasn’t based on his knowledge of the domestic, US economy where he is far, far out of the mainstream. His Nobel prize was for merging the concepts of economies of scale in production of goods with geography. To quote the prize award: “… Krugman’s approach is based on the premise that many goods and services can be produced more cheaply in long series, a concept generally known as economies of scale. Meanwhile, consumers demand a varied supply of goods.

As a result, small-scale production for a local market is replaced by large-scale production for the world market, where firms with similar products compete with one another. …” OUR PROBLEM is that he has a platform and a bull horn in the New York Times. So people read his crap. Someone should write to the NYT editor and tell them we prefer Krugman stick with what he knows, lest he corrupt thinking by others.

Want to suggest you read an article in today’s WSJ titled: “What Colin Powell Learned From His Own Story Anyone can go as far as his talents will take him—only in America.” Chris Davis notes, and I quote: “…

What people could learn from his book was that “we live in a remarkable country where ordinary people of whatever background or origin can do extraordinary things. We sometimes forget it. And there are some places in our country and some groups in our country where that faith may be shaken.”

Powell recounted a luncheon exchange he witnessed between President Reagan and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Reagan was commenting on how immigrant kids did so well when they came to the U.S.—they enter the school system and immediately flourish, especially Asian kids.

In passing, Reagan said to Lee, “I wonder what would happen if American youngsters were dropped into a foreign country, would you see the same sort of acceleration and performance?”

Powell called Lee Kuan Yew’s answer “unique.” “Mr. President,” he said, “you don’t understand. It’s not reversible. There is no other place where you can take a foreigner and plop them in and”—Powell smacked the tabletop for effect—“five years later out pops an American of hyphenated background who can go as far as his talents will take him. It can’t happen anywhere else. …”

Idiots like Krugman, Sanders, Warren, Sandy Cortez, Schumer, Pelosi, Biden and others would destroy opportunity with their “equity” and “help”:and “hand out” proposals – taking from some to give to others.

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  1. 2020 median (not mean, not average) wealth per adult in the United States was $79,274 USD, and that is only 23rd highest in the world (#1 was Australia, $238,000+ USD) (data from Credit Suisse). Nonetheless, ~90% of American households have accumulated wealth that places them in the top ~10% of all households in the world.

    One reason for our “low” median is the foreign born population. Many, like my mom and maternal grandmother, came here penniless and almost immediately improved their standard of living.

    According to the United Nations, the ten countries with the highest foreign-born (immigrant) populations are:

    United States (48.2 million)
    Russia (11.6 million)
    Saudi Arabia (10.8 million)
    Germany (10.2 million)
    United Kingdom (8.4 million)
    United Arab Emirates (8.0 million)
    France (7.9 million)
    Canada (7.6 million)
    Australia (6.7 million)
    Spain (5.9 million)

    There are an estimated 48.2 million people in the United States who were born in a foreign country, about 15% of the total U.S. population. The number of immigrants in the U.S. quadrupled since 1965. The population of immigrants in the United States is incredibly diverse, with just about every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants. For the United States, Mexico is the largest origin country for immigrants, accounting for over 11 million, or 25%, of all immigrants in the U.S.

    Those data are likely “official” statistics – so they dramatically undercount undocumented/illegal immigrants.

    Colin Powell himself was the son of immigrants; he grew up in the Bronx and attended CCNY.

    For comparison, from an article in US News last September:

    “… A record number of Americans are renouncing their citizenship. In just the first half of this year, 5,315 Americans gave up their citizenship. That puts the country on track to see a record-breaking 10,000 people renounce U.S. citizenship in 2020. Until a decade ago, fewer than 1,000 Americans per year, on average, chose to renounce their citizenship. Why are so many people abandoning the United States? … most Americans giving up their U.S. passport already live abroad and hold another citizenship. In surveys and testimonials, these people say they’re dropping their U.S. citizenship because American anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism regulations make it too onerous and expensive to keep. …”

    Let’s see 1 – 2MM coming in per year, up to 10,000 per year leaving – where #1 reason for leaving is American financial bureaucracy. https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/rising-border-encounters-in-2021

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  2. Or…

    Or…

    The incessant ranting of American “conservatives” telling you that, if you barely earn a living, it is your fault because you are lazy, stupid, undeserving, (maybe even un-American).

    Of course there is opportunity in America. Also, the star quarterback on your high school team may make it in the NFL. But the odds are against it. In the meantime, what is the harm in improving –somewhat– the conditions for millions of honest, hardworking, people performing mundane jobs that are absolutely essential to the country.

    It’s not as if they’re asking for material equality. They may want reliable transportation to work, not asking for a chauffeur. Affordable childcare is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Education is not just an advantage for the student, but for society as a whole.

    This is a great country. Probably better to be poor here than in most other countries. But it could be much better. Universal (not “free”) healthcare is a good start. Ideally the invisible hand of free enterprise would result in the lowest level workers not needing government subsidies just to survive.

    Government has a reasonable interest in monitoring and regulating free enterprise, including redistribution of income. If you don’t believe that; if you want survival of the fittest, or “dog eat dog”, eliminate “free” K-12 education. Eliminate welfare. Also eliminate all copyright and patent laws. Defund the police?

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    1. Rubbish. Colin Powell took advantage of the meritocracy that is the U.S. Military, which accorded him the opportunity to dream, to work hard, and to achieve. Times have changed during his career. There are too many minority dreamers who fell by the wayside, thanks to prejudice and past practice. It’s not very heartening to read bromides from retirees, especially when they condemn those who have struggled to achieve.

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      1. Good for Colin Powell. Great, even, and I mean that most sincerely. The military helped me also, to a lesser but meaningful extent by teaching me a trade which put me one or two steps up on the income gradient. I never condemned Powell, or Bezos or Buffett. Good for them, also; great!

        I am merely repeating, ad nauseam, apparently, that there are millions of working people at or near the bottom income levels who need either higher income, or some type of government aid or income redistribution. These are not bad people. Ensuring that these people have adequate housing, food, healthcare, and education, etc., is not socialism. Do not condemn them because they remain in menial, but necessary jobs. Some of them may become the next Colin Powell or John Roberts. Most of them cannot, nor should they. They are, in most cases, needed right where they are.

        It is okay to be “unequal” as long as the least common denominator is “adequate”. Stein’s Law, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” He was apparently referring to the national debt, among other things, but if the poorest of the poor are not adequately cared for, the society will suffer. Or stop.

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  3. Brainwashing a huge segment of our society into believing that they are victims who have been exploited by the successful members of our society via a corrupt system is damaging our nation. They are being told that not only is there really such a thing as a free lunch, they are entitled to it.

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  4. USA is great, or at least some foreigners still believe that is true. According to the NYP, over 1 million illegals crossed our southern border during the first 7 months of 2021. So, why aren’t they going to the other model countries like Cuba, China, or North Korea ?

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