World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

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Bill Randall
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Re: World's happiest and most prosperous countries.
In reply to Wheatfield, Jan 21, 2013

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In a free country, people that do not want to work do not have to work. If they do not want an education they do not have to have one. If single women want to have many children they can. How does the government handle this situation?

They collect welfare, and they live somewhat in squalor. And yes, it's paid for out of the tax base. So is our health care, and we pay a lot less for it than you do with your profit generating health care system. We have a bit of money left over for welfare. We also don't warehouse anywhere near the same % of our population in jails, this costs us less, we seem to have less graft, and I'm willing to believe that our stupidly rich people are, perhaps, not as rich as your stupidly rich people.

It is my opinion our jails are packed because we no longer stress individual responsibility. Many of the men and women, boys and girls in our prison system owe this situation to their parents and our society.

You won't get any argument from me there, but it is somewhat of a deflection.

To a great extent, I think we are more of a meritocracy than the USA. We have equalized a few things so that more people have the advantages required to do well in life, allowing more to get ahead on their merits, rather than their daddy's wallet.

All that is a good thing. We had an education system for all to attend. It was suppose to give everyone a solid base of knowledge. Well I live in Georgia and our school are rated last in the nation. They can't even get the boys to wear their pants above their butts instead of below. People think I am kidding but I am not. Our schools have lost control. School Boards are in the news a lot, and it is not favorable news.

My understanding is that Georgia is also a relatively impoverished State. Do you think, perhaps, that there is some cause and effect? You have kids who are disinterested in succeeding because they know they don't have a snowballs chance in hell of breaking out of the mould they are cast into.

For years one could see the progress Georgia was making in so many areas. Since the immigration problem and Section 8 housing I would say the state is now heading in the wrong direction. We are probably better off than New York or California as far as debt is concerned, but the progress we were making seems to be tapering off. In many areas it is like third world.

There are small towns in Georgia that are poor, and cling to the old ways. It is not as bad now as when I first moved here from another state. Two statements I heard several times, but not recently, are as follows:

(1) All you need to know is in the Bible.
(2) You are trying to come above your learning.

The second one usually was stated by an older person to a younger person. My first wife started night school and was learning some new words. She used one of them in a conversation with her mother. Her mother threw number (2) at her.

Apparently is was common for people to think that once you reached a certain age and/or have finished high school, additional learning was not valued.

I bet there are some rich kids in Georgia who do well

Naturally. Some do very well. At one time the high schools in our area were very good. Now I am not familiar with all of them, but we saw one of the best turned upside down. Why?

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