There are individuals in the population that, given opportunity where none has existed in the past, will thrive, become entrepeneurs like yourselves, employ others and pay taxes that will in turn support our government. There are even those, who somehow, coming from a deplorable background, will fight to do the same on their own. There are also people who, for whatever reasons including knowing only what they`ve seen, will take every freebee offered them and suck the system dry, happily not lifting a finger. The extremes are out there, and everything in between.
Any approach for an economic stimulus or turn-around has to have the nuance to get the best from this huge range of individuals.
It`s easy to see yourself as having worked to get where you are and to think each individual can do the same. To consider the path you chose as available to every other citizen in this country, even those born and raised in extreme poverty, abuse, broken families, etc., is simplistic. When discussing the `redistribution of wealth`, it is important to look at the potential value of supporting those that would otherwise die on the vine, or wallow in public assistance.
I don`t see Barack Obama as being simplistic or dillusional in his thinking, and I look to him and his team to see a big picture where a larger proportion of our citizens are able to contribute in the way you have.
julimac11/30/2008 7:13 PM
Juli MacDonald, AIA LEED-AP