Why two Americas
It has been observed that we are becoming two Americas. That corporate profits are soaring amid a weak job market and continuing struggle for many further evidences this phenomenon. Yes, there are two Americas — those who are continually learning, creating more, stretching and challenging themselves more, being, doing and having more; and those who are continually demanding more be given to and done for them.
The divide is along the lines of those who take more responsibility for their lives, circumstances and futures, and those who cede that responsibility to others. People in the former group live larger and larger while those in the latter experience more frustration and hardship. How can it be a mystery that giving up responsibility for one's own life results in less control and fewer options?
It is a monumental crime that politicians and others enable and encourage millions to give away responsibility for their own lives, thus giving up control, power, options and the opportunity for growth. And the only solution offered is more of the same: Give up even more responsibility and become smaller still — shameful. Politicians have destroyed the potential of untold millions in their unquenchable lust for power.
This is the story behind soaring corporate profits amid a weak job market and widespread struggle and hardship. There is no sign that the trend will be reversed; rather, it will progressively continue.
J. Frank Jad
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