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The American Problem
« on: June 23, 2019, 04:10:44 pm »
This article was written by a college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren, who's in grad school for her MBA.


"College Student: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us?


I'm sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about.  I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to ?fix? the so-called injustices of capitalism.  I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook's, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me.  We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we've become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don't give them a second thought.  We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.

Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow.  Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, ?An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.? Never saw American prosperity!  Let that sink in.

When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I've ever heard in my 26 years on this earth.  Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity.  I know this first hand, I went to college, let's just say I didn't have the popular opinion, but I digress.

Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity?  We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they've never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism.  Why?

The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity.  We have no contrast. We didn't live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism.  We don't know what it's like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones.


We don't have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it's spreading like a plague

(P.S. - I did not verify the author - I just like what was written - Coolbees)
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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2019, 05:14:10 pm »
Good post Coolbees.
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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2019, 07:57:08 pm »
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"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be"

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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2019, 10:32:28 pm »
Great post!!!  Next time you see or hear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Run, put down the paper, change the tv channel, go to another radio station.  Don?t listen, don?t watch, her.  There are many positives to look for, listen to that will make your day, improve your knowledge, make you feel better.  TedTalks has many an inspirational video.  Listening to Cortez is like taking downers, certain to lead to depression sooner or later.  Just say NO,,,,,I am not listening.

Or the opposite, do a masters thesis based on Cortez direct lack of knowledge and all the fake info she passes like gas in a bean factory.  She is a hairdresser by trade????? Now in Congress, only in USA.
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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2019, 01:27:53 am »
Good post Coolbees.
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Yes, I agree Jim, good post Alan.

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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 01:29:21 am »
Great post!!!  Next time you see or hear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Run, put down the paper, change the tv channel, go to another radio station.  Don?t listen, don?t watch, her.  There are many positives to look for, listen to that will make your day, improve your knowledge, make you feel better.  TedTalks has many an inspirational video.  Listening to Cortez is like taking downers, certain to lead to depression sooner or later.  Just say NO,,,,,I am not listening.

Or the opposite, do a masters thesis based on Cortez direct lack of knowledge and all the fake info she passes like gas in a bean factory.  She is a hairdresser by trade????? Now in Congress, only in USA.
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Wow Mr Van, you hit the nail on the head!!!!
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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 12:25:21 pm »
I heard of a study decades ago about happiness and wealth. The happiest people earned more than 90% of their peers - no matter what income range they fell in.
Capitalism is cruel, that is why it works.


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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2019, 08:06:03 am »
Now in Congress, only in USA.
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Re: The American Problem
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2019, 09:57:12 am »
Sour grapes makes the best wine.  Good morning to ya Ace.
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