The goal for American parents has always been for their children to have it better than for themselves; those parents who worked their tails off and succeeded in that goal made a better life for their children and their children’s children. Today we are told it is unfair for those children to have that better life; we are told, “Those rich kids have it so easy;” or “The poor kids do not have a chance;” the best one is, “The poor kids do not have the same opportunity as the rich kids.”
As in any lie there are certain truths to these foolish statements. Yes, rich kids do have it easier than the poor in many ways; however it was because of someone’s sacrifices. These children’s parents were poor at some point and worked to change that. This discounts the statements concerning the poor kid’s chances and opportunities. Yes, it might be harder than for the richer children; although through hard work and perseverance their next generation could be those kids looked upon as having an unfair advantage. This is what made America great; not an entitlement mentality.
In education we should stress the importance of working to get out of poverty on our own merits, not edifying how unfair things are and expecting the government to fix it. I am sure you have heard of that phrase I used, “entitlement mentality.” This is what we are enlightening our children with each day in school, in our movies and in the media. We give them excuses to ensure they never get out of the slums rather than reasons and motivations to achieve whatever they desire by hard work.
Instead of attempting to redistribute wealth through taxes we should inspire our children to redistribute wealth through hard work and achievements. If someone exists through the efforts of the government, America will no longer be the government of the people for the people and by the people, just the opposite it will become a people of the government for the government and by the government.
If you want to make a change the situation you are in – go out and do it; do not depend on anyone but yourself to make it happen… especially the government. America would not be in the situation it is today if it were not for so many people relying on the government to feed, clothe and house them.
What is given to us is not appreciated; what is earned is cherished.