America the "land of opportunity"? Not so much.

  • metta

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    Mar 18, 2010 7:32 AM GMT
    America the "land of opportunity"? Not so much.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/17/social-immobility-climbin_n_501788.html

    That is interesting.....I guess that means all of those "socialist" leaning countries hae more opportunities than the so called "capitalist" USA.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Mar 18, 2010 7:34 AM GMT
    metta8 saidAmerica the "land of opportunity"? Not so much.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/17/social-immobility-climbin_n_501788.html


    Of course this would come from something like the snobbington post icon_rolleyes.gif
  • DanOmatic

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    Mar 18, 2010 11:57 AM GMT
    There's plenty of opportunity and social mobility here. Take for instance people like Sarah Palin, a person of (at best) middling intellect and ability who, thanks for some neo-con men with boners, engineered her selection as the VP candidate! Now she can leave her piddly ol' governorship of a marginal state behind and set her sights on WH 2012. Definitely an indication of upward mobility here: all you need is a short skirt and a wink and some pointless ramblings about being a hockey mom, and you're ALL SET--and don't forget all the spin off benefits for family: former son-in-law has cashed in on modeling (huh?) and acting (double huh?) contracts, and daughter w/ GED Bristol has just set up a PR consulting firm, just like that! (triple huh?). Shoot, if only other Americans would just get off their lazy asses and take a lesson in independence and hard work from them.

    On the other hand, you can be an actual hard-working person, dedicated to your job, and then it gets outsourced, or you lose it (due to the hare-brained management of the economy over the previous 8-10 years) and you are suddenly left without insurance or unemployment benefits and you and your family have to live in a car. Downward mobility, maybe, but technically still mobility, after all. Too bad. Thanks for playing.
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    Mar 18, 2010 12:08 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidThere's plenty of opportunity and social mobility here. Take for instance people like Sarah Palin, a person of (at best) middling intellect and ability who, thanks for some neo-con men with boners, engineered her selection as the VP candidate! Now she can leave her piddly ol' governorship of a marginal state behind and set her sights on WH 2012. Definitely an indication of upward mobility here: all you need is a short skirt and a wink and some pointless ramblings about being a hockey mom, and you're ALL SET--and don't forget all the spin off benefits for family: former son-in-law has cashed in on modeling (huh?) and acting (double huh?) contracts, and daughter w/ GED Bristol has just set up a PR consulting firm, just like that! (triple huh?). Shoot, if only other Americans would just get off their lazy asses and take a lesson in independence and hard work from them.

    On the other hand, you can be an actual hard-working person, dedicated to your job, and then it gets outsourced, or you lose it (due to the hare-brained management of the economy over the previous 8-10 years) and you are suddenly left without insurance or unemployment benefits and you and your family have to live in a car. Downward mobility, maybe, but technically still mobility, after all. Too bad. Thanks for playing.

    WOW! I am honestly in awe of the cleverness of the guys here. I had already conceded the physical fitness side, but thought I might hold my own intellectually. Now it seems I can't even do that, when I read things like this, and other stuff here. [SIGH]
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    Mar 18, 2010 12:23 PM GMT
    suggesting that Palin is even possibly average (middling) is a gross slur on the average American.



  • DanOmatic

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    Mar 18, 2010 1:18 PM GMT
    Agreed, Lost Boy, but I was playing nice today. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 18, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    Welcome to the Untied States of ASarahca, where you can "you betcha" your way to the top of the fast food chain. It's cute, on some level. Fail.
  • greenlantern1

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    Mar 18, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidsuggesting that Palin is even possibly average (middling) is a gross slur on the average American.





    You guys have nailed that one on the head...just like her daughter's baby daddy..nailed her...and look where he is now!! But, dumb or smart, he has made a name for himself and he is pretty to look at!! Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is a politician wanna-be slut!!...Apparently, the analytical side of your brain does not have to function to be regarded as a good politician.
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    Mar 18, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    That would be the texas school board of education.
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    Mar 18, 2010 6:58 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidFrom the "article"...

    According to the OECD report, the main cause of social immobility is educational opportunity. It turns out that America's public school system, rather than lifting children up, is instead holding them down.

    Did any of you above actually read the article?

    Now, what is the problem with the public school system in the USA? Could it be the NEA????


    I blame parents... there are many, many people that expect the schools to raise their kids for them.
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    Mar 18, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    ...yeah, not that great. icon_neutral.gif