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There's hope yet!

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. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. 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.
Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP. The list goes on. However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering).
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, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like not 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.
With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.
My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?
 

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That generation doesn't think about growing up in prosperity. Their parents gave them everything they wanted. But they have never experienced prosperity? They expect what they have always had, someone giving them everything they want. Glad I won't be around to see them experience prosperity under socialism.
 

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Wait until they experience serious pain, job loss, disappointment, child rearing and RESPONSIBILITY for one's actions

Karma is a *****

Those snowflakes should be forced to enter Peace Corps or similar and go to 3rd world countries to see what hardship is really all about - and it isn't about having to wait an extra day for your Hello Fresh meal box to arrive
 

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Excellent article. However the author would be amazed by the positive changes that I've seen America and capitalism bring to the world and our Country. I'm almost 60 years older than the author (she's 26) and I was born before WWII which I remember very well. Therefore I've witnessed the advent of TV, cell phones, frozen food and a bewildering plethora of things that most people take for granted. I also saw the collapse of the Nazis, Stalin's Soviet empire and watched freedom spread around the globe largely shepherded in by Americans,
 

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Prosperity?
58% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.
About 21% of working Americans said they aren't saving any money at all.
Don't let them fool yourself. What we have now is far from Capitalism as we all knew it.
Instead we have Corporatism.
 

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Because they're lousy financial managers, that's all it is. Spend spend spend, and then cry they're broke. Bullshit. "I'll put it on the credit card and pay it back when I get my welfare check", and then cry they are in debt. It's all bullshit.
 

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Ms. Ahlgren, the writer, is of a generation whose parents never taught and made them mow and trim the front and back lawn at their house. Like Beto, changing a tire is a challenging adventure.

The 20 to 30-somethings have useless degrees and certificates in "mud yodeling" while never having acquired physical labor skills (mowing that lawn) nor the work-ethic that accompanies those type tasks. You can't blame them for what they have never been taught in classrooms or in the front and back yards. But you would think that with all that "wokeness" they are so fond of claiming, they would have gotten some clues about the uselessness and stupidity of their formal schooling somewhere along their journey. Something like, "How is this going to help me land a job and actually do a job? Is there an actual job I can connect to this lunatic program I'm enrolled in?"

Evidently there is "Woke" and "false-Woke". Informed and clueless.

Attribute blame to the parents, teachers, the idiot kids themselves, certainly to the lying, thieving educational scam institutes, but regardless, there they are. In debt, unemployed, or actual Min-wage earners, and basically still uneducated with no real prospects in their view or on their horizons. No wonder they have negative attitudes and anger issues.

But, don't paint that entire generation with the same broad brush. Most of these young kids and folks will eventually sort it out and many are getting applicable skills and educations. It's just that the "newz" and "media" always report with priority the "bad newz" and "oppressive stories".
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The MSM can't paint Capitalism in a favorable light when they are pushing Socialism all the while thinking that THEY will be able to report and say anything they want.
 

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Because they're lousy financial managers, that's all it is. Spend spend spend, and then cry they're broke. Bullshit. "I'll put it on the credit card and pay it back when I get my welfare check", and then cry they are in debt. It's all bullshit.
Nope. I am not talking about welfare pigs.
I am talking about hardworking Americans.
”Spend, spend, spend...” is not about them as they barely make their bills paid, although many have two jobs.
These days an average American makes approx. 40% less than his grandpa made in 60’s.
 

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US Consumer income is up over 0.4% month over month each month this year.
US personal savings is up over 8% each month, too.

Some people don't care too and some don't know how to save.
But they have the best opportunity to do it this year than any of the last 10 years.
Trump did it - And deserves credit even if you don't like him!
 

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They’re broke, living pay check to pay check in a lifestyle that would make people in other countries dizzy. New car, highest cable TV package with every movie and sports channel. Buying every vegetable and piece of meat they consume while wiping their ass with the softest and most expensive TP. Taking trips and vacations that their parents never even considered in their lifetime.
My father grew a large garden. We raised 2 pigs every year. We would butcher one for us and sell/trade for beef with the other. My mother canned vegetables and clothes were handed down threw my brother and I. We hunted and ate venison and pheasant. We’re we poor? Not at all. My parents owned a beach house at the jersey shore. Had a 20’ boat. We lived in one of the nicest houses on my street. We didn’t have a pool. I learned to swim in the local swimming pond. They didn’t waist money. They didn’t buy us a car when we got our licenses. We had what we needed and they didn’t buy us kids everything we wanted or try to show off to the neighbors.
People spend all they get and then cry poverty. They should cry extravagance! People want to live above their means and then can’t understand why they have no money. It must be big business’s fault or corporate greed. Let’s kill the golden goose
 

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I remember the neighbor relatives not long ago.
Newley wed - first child - Just starting a resume, wanted/needed a home.
Nothing was good enough.
I offered them a plan that would get them into a starter home for about 10k. Oh no; Must have been to much work involved.
They took a 30 year mortgage on a mobile home and cry constantly they are having trouble making ends meet.
Stay at home mom - fancy pickup truck payment - utilities - mortgage - etc....
They are doomed right out of the gate.
They cannot or will not even get a lawnmower to mow there yard. Constantly want us to wear out our mower on there lawn, while they watch from there central air windows.
 

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Nope. I am not talking about welfare pigs.
I am talking about hardworking Americans.
”Spend, spend, spend...” is not about them as they barely make their bills paid, although many have two jobs.
These days an average American makes approx. 40% less than his grandpa made in 60’s.
And the 60s saw a time when IF you were on welfare, you were shamed about not being able to take care of your family; your name was posted on the Post Office wall for all to see and the liberals had not yet destroyed the education system or the family (especially of blacks). We didn't have the plethora of ambulance chasers driving up the cost of healthcare and insurance premiums. Doctors were abor to make house calls and weren't worried about running 90 patients through in an 8 hour day.

One also did not buy $6 lattes, $100 sneakers or $800 phones. (In fact those old AT&T phones were actually rented). No family I knew had more than 1 car, 1 TV or designer kitchens
 
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When I was a kid (many, many moons ago) I wanted the latest toy: an electric train set, I used to dream about it, well, even when my family was in the lower to middle class, what Santa left in my house was a cheap wind up train. Even do I played with it for quite a long time, a year later I was still playing with it.
Fast forward to last month, I took my 2 grandsons to Disney World, in there they saw the latest Start Words laser sables, each had to have one (at $40.00 a piece) I did not want to buy them, but, my wife, decided to buy the toys, they played with it until we got back home, today I went to their house and the laser sables are resting in a corner gathering dust.

The problem is we are training our kids to get everything they want, and we buy the item in question so the kids feel good, however, the never appreciated the gift because it came too easy, they did not have to work for it, they only had to say "I want it" and they got it.
 
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I guess the beer and cigarettes don't count, gotta have them. A 12 pack and a pack or two of cigs, every day or two. That's $100/week, minimum! I couldn't afford to do either one, I live on $17k/year.
 

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When I was a kid (many, many moons ago) I wanted the latest toy: an electric train set, I used to dream about it, well, even when my family was in the lower to middle class, what Santa left in my house was a cheap wind up train. Even do I played with it for quite a long time, a year later I was still playing with it.
Fast forward to last month, I took my 2 grandsons to Disney World, in there they saw the latest Start Words laser sables, each had to have one (at $40.00 a piece) I did not want to buy them, but, my wife, decided to buy the toys, they played with it until we got back home, today I went to their house and the laser sables are resting in a corner gathering dust.

The problem is we are training our kids to get everything they want, and we buy the item in question so the kids feel good, however, the never appreciated the gift because it came too easy, they did not have to work for it, they only had to say "I want it" and they got it.
Back when my oldest was middle/high school age, Nike's Air Jordan's were THE sneaker for playing basketball - and he wanted a pair. At the time, they were about $85/pair and my budget was $35. He had a bad habit of using his sneaker toes as bicycle brakes. I told him if he REALLY wanted them, he had to earn the difference of $50. He hooked up with the local paper who used groups of kids to go door to door selling subscriptions. At 14, he outsold everyone (he has a knack for that stuff) and earned the money quickly (and he kept on working to start on a car)
One thing about those sneakers since he had time, blood and sweat in the money making. Those sneakers were ONLY used for basketball and he wouldn't even put them on the locker room - he carried them in a bag to the bench and after the game, he reversed the procedure. Instead of a few weeks, those lasted until he outgrew them, and then his younger brother got them

AMAZING how well folks take care of stuff when they had to go out and EARN it. Why I hate section 8 housing and all of the "FREE" stuff government hands out. Those folks simply do not care since they did nothing to get it.
 
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People need to learn to live within their means.
I have had a job since I was 14. I’m now 63.
wife and I still live in our “starter house” we bought when we first got married.
Nothing fancy but was good enough to raise our two sons in. And love made it feel like a mansion.
Kept the same wife, so no alimony payments
We do buy new cars but not luxury imports, and we keep them for about 15 years.
Helped the boys get through college, but they had a big dog in that hunt.
Vacations are always here in the USA mostly visiting relatives.
Lat time we were out of the country on vacation was our honeymoon.
I feel blessed to have what I do and do not feel jealous of those who have more.
I hope my sons do better than me. As long as they follow what we taught them
 

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People need to learn to live within their means.
I have had a job since I was 14. I’m now 63.
wife and I still live in our “starter house” we bought when we first got married.
Nothing fancy but was good enough to raise our two sons in. And love made it feel like a mansion.
Kept the same wife, so no alimony payments
We do buy new cars but not luxury imports, and we keep them for about 15 years.
Helped the boys get through college, but they had a big dog in that hunt.
Vacations are always here in the USA mostly visiting relatives.
Lat time we were out of the country on vacation was our honeymoon.
I feel blessed to have what I do and do not feel jealous of those who have more.
I hope my sons do better than me. As long as they follow what we taught them

Yep, Me too.
Been working since I was 12 yrs old - Started throwing papers.
When Wife and I got married we agreed to keep auto purchases to simple needs
And we would never spend more on credit cards than we could pay off in the very next month.
We've kept those agreements.
 
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