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Western Civilization (Winter 2003)

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Dirk Jansson
02:58 PM ET (US)
I completely agree with Erin. This country IS the land of opportunity. If there is a will to be successful, one can definitely find a way. I say this coming from the same background as Erin, so I might not be fully appreciating and acknowledging the difficulties faced by an aspiring worker in this country, but everyone here has equal opportunity for the most part. There honestly should not be a poverty rate that high. With the "strongest" economy in the world, with as much money that we have circulating, everyone here can succeed, no matter what background they came from. It is all about the work ethic, which refers back to some common American stereotypes that Americans are lazy. I guess there is some truth to that when we have the poverty rate that we do...
Erin Monahan
04:24 PM ET (US)
After reading the article that Dr. Benson posted, I grew very angry at some of the negative responses to each positive aspect of our country. For instance, as shannon also discussed, one in twelve is going to open their own business, yet they say we have the biggest gap in our economic classes and most poverty. Isn't this the nation of dreams, the one nation where you can be whatever you want to be and have many opportunities available to you. We may have a low poverty rate, but that doesn't mean all those people weren't given a chance to achieve. Maybe i am being a little harsh, after all, i came from parents who were able to provide a nice lifestyle, and din't have to work as hard as someone from low income housing to make it to where i am. However, in this country, I believe that if there is a will, you can find a way. That alone should be the greatest aspect of the US, and there is nothing to negate that fact.
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