Yet, in utter disregard of such plain facts, so-called "social scientists" do studies which conclude that America is no longer a land of opportunity, and that upward mobility is a "myth." Even when these studies have lots of numbers in tables and equations that mimic the appearance of...
I think his exact words were: " I think the best way for doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." As a man who came to Philadelphia with very few coins in his pocket, he likely knew what he was talking about. However, he had an inquisitive mind, a great deal of personal energy, and the good sense to apply both as productively as he could. His statement understands that not everyone embodies these traits, that is why he uses the term "driving" for his public policy postiion.
Most people are not even surprised any more when they hear about someone who came here from Korea or Vietnam with very little money, and very little knowledge of English, who nevertheless persevered and rose in American society. Nor are we surprised when their children excel in school and go on to professional careers.
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