Terry Paulson

Some Americans work harder than others. Some prepare better than others. Some save more than others. Some contribute more to society than others. Most successful Americans don't win lotteries or inherit their wealth. They earn their success the old fashioned way through effort, persistence, delayed gratification, and hard work.

Even with hard work, some will get hit hard by life. They'll need the support of others to get back on their feet. Americans have always believed in self-reliance coupled with a willingness to help others. They're eager to help people who work to get back on their feet. They applaud them when they do.

Unfortunately, some in America want nothing to do with personal responsibility. They want the best medical insurance someone else's money can buy whether they're a high risk or not. They want a higher wage than their boss is willing to pay whether they deserve it or not. They want rent controls, tax credits, subsidies for college, and loan relief because they picked majors that didn't translate into jobs. Some want perpetual unemployment benefits until they can find a job worthy of their "skills."

Yes, there's a divide in America and it has a lot more to do with personal responsibility than any "unjust" income gap. Too many have been enslaved by politicians who justify taking from producers to fund a culture of dependence instead of empowering their followers to succeed themselves. Unfortunately, easy still doesn't do it and never will.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

 
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