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"War on the Middle Class"? - It's the Values, Stupid

thoughtadventure Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 9:23 AM
I think the most important determinant of America's future will be individuals deciding that growing in virture is more important than immediate gratification.
dahni Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 11:40 AM
I once worked with unmemployed, unmarried mothers in Baltimore. Every one of them had a problem with 'delayed gratification'. Give them money to buy food and pay rent; most of them spent it all on food, drink (and?) before the rent was due. When asked why, they didn't know. The usual response was a shoulder shrug and a sheepish grin.

We provided child care twice a week while they were attending the training classes. Within 2 weeks, with every new group, over half would bring their children for childcare and then leave and party. Many 'forgot' to come pick up their children, so we had to deliver them, and may times their homes had no one there...
dahni Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 11:42 AM
Most of them had problems with their children, and most of them stated that their children refused to do anything to 'earn' a toy; they just wanted it right now. The concept of working and saving for future needs/wants was completely impossible for them to accept.
As the presidential contest heats up, President Obama and his Democratic allies will only intensify their attack on Mitt Romney’s Republicans for waging “war on the middle class.”

The best GOP response to this charge is to insist that liberals have been assaulting middle-class values for years—and it’s those values, not government giveaways, that built prosperity for the Great American Middle.

The outcome of this argument (and, very likely, of the election itself) will depend on how the public defines “middle class.” The left insists that you qualify for that status based on the money you earn:...