sooner or later, we gonna take ownership of the social economic issues of this society. this is "our" country. or, put it this way, this is our kids' country too...

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reading some articles online... some GOP candidates are arguing that what's happening in Europe today will happen here.. soon...maybe in 4, 5 years, max..

though i am not a fan of neoconservatism, there are some truth in that statement.

according to TIME,if you are born in 1970 in the bottom 1/5 of the society in terms of socialeconomic status, the chance you are living in the upper 2/5 of the society is a mere 17%... a chance lower than some European 老大帝国...

What happened to the "American Dream" ? when as long as you work hard, you can be where you want to be..GOP candidate Cain put it this way: if you are poor, if you are not rich, you have only yourself to blame...But when a whole population is facing the problem of lack of upward mobility, it is not someone's personal problem.

It seems it is getting harder and harder to climb the socialeconomic ladder.. when the inequality between the rich and the poor is becoming larger than ever... the top 1% takes home 21% of the annual income, and owns 35% of the national wealth.. A CxO today earns 400 times more of the lowest paid employee of his company, while a few decades ago the number was only 40.....But did "they" create enough jobs? Not a chance... according to some richest American, American's labor force is way too expensive, and with too low a skill level in a global economy..

So, either the labor force improve their skills; or accept the fact that a lower standard of living is becoming a norm.

People will argue that they can go back to college, re-trained, to gain the skill needed to compete in a market economy..

Not that simple, not that easy, when the national education system is being hijacked by powerful teachers unions.. When any talks about making teachers and students work harder, when any attempts to select better teachers to be hired, when any layoff or pay increase decision to be based on performance merits failed..

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