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59% Say Itís No Longer Possible To Work Hard and Get Rich in U.S.
Rasmussen Reports ^ | Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Posted on 03/13/2013 12:37:05 PM PDT by Olog-hai

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of American Adults now say it is possible for anyone in the country to work hard and get rich, generally unchanged since late 2012.

Fifty-nine percent (59%), though, say that is no longer possible, up from 55% in late January and the highest level of pessimism in over four years of surveying. …

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1 posted on 03/13/2013 12:37:05 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Read “The Millionaire Next Door.” It is possible, but you have to have control over your paycheck (and the books, too, I’ll wager.) You can’t do it working for wages, even high wages. But you can if you’re the boss.


2 posted on 03/13/2013 12:38:46 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Olog-hai

The current tax and regulatory environments are designed to prevent it.


3 posted on 03/13/2013 12:39:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Olog-hai

Socialism kills. Both people and economies.


4 posted on 03/13/2013 12:39:52 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Olog-hai

After being beat over the head with the continuing Obama recession, this isn’t surprising.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 12:40:56 PM PDT by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s no longer possible to work hard and GET BY!


6 posted on 03/13/2013 12:44:00 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Olog-hai

Income taxes, INTENTIONALLY, are the biggest barrier to attaining wealth.


7 posted on 03/13/2013 12:44:51 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Olog-hai

The problem is the younger generation has no concept of “hard work”, they considers just bothering to show up for work on time and filling a seat for a full eight hours “hard” work. (and don’t even ask them to work overtime or on weekends, that’s sweat shop abuse...)


8 posted on 03/13/2013 12:47:14 PM PDT by apillar
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To: Gen.Blather

I think it can still be done, but it just takes longer. If you leave your children in a better financial positon than what you had, mission accomplished.


9 posted on 03/13/2013 12:50:21 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: apillar

I used to run a convenience store, and I swear that if I asked any young employees to do anything more than breath, they`d quite.


10 posted on 03/13/2013 12:51:10 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of American Adults now say it is possible for anyone in the country to work hard and get rich, generally unchanged since late 2012.

Anyone? No. Liberals cannot work hard and get rich. Any reasonably intelligent conservative can work hard and get rich. They just have to work twice as hard as they used to because we are supporting twice as many parasites.

11 posted on 03/13/2013 12:51:24 PM PDT by Pollster1
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To: Olog-hai

The cost vs. benefit of becoming wealthy through one’s efforts has skewed quite a bit in recent times.


12 posted on 03/13/2013 12:51:51 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Olog-hai
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey

Did they call anyone on their Obama Phone?

13 posted on 03/13/2013 12:52:04 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Olog-hai
The purpose of Ubamacare is to make it impossible to start new businesses on a shoestring.

The big-government/big-corporate criminal complex does not tolerate competition.

14 posted on 03/13/2013 12:53:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

As much as the liberals knock crony capitalism, this is crony capitalism writ large and boldface.
Crony capitalism is not capitalism.


15 posted on 03/13/2013 12:56:28 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Olog-hai

The wealth in the US is centered around government now, primarily Wash DC.

I’ve told several college kids they need to strongly consider that in their career path.

When I was that age, companies like GM, IBM, US Steel, GE were paths to upper level prosperity.

Now it’s government agency jobs and the private sector outfits that are symbiotic with them.


16 posted on 03/13/2013 12:57:24 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

Not sure I’d want to have “former government employee” in my “resume” after the collapse...


17 posted on 03/13/2013 12:58:37 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Olog-hai

Becoming a millionaire is simple really.

Become a US politician. Insider trading, bribes, sweetheart deals,...you name it.


18 posted on 03/13/2013 12:58:57 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (A return to Jesus and prayer in the schools is the only way.)
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To: Olog-hai

Ask the guy who invented facebook. Or google. Or yahoo. Or...


19 posted on 03/13/2013 1:00:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: apillar

Yet they stupidly voted for the fake.

They will pay in the long run.


20 posted on 03/13/2013 1:01:18 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: MrB

If that’s your view of the future, then of course some other path should be taken.

I think one of those might be working for all the upscale medical clinics that will migrate to the Caribbean to service wealthy Americans seeking to avoid Obamacare and chaos.


21 posted on 03/13/2013 1:01:31 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Jonty30

“I used to run a convenience store, and I swear that if I asked any young employees to do anything more than breath, they`d quite.”

If my kids ever get that way it would be a failure on me. They both are High School students and work and they love making a paycheck and they love doing their jobs...ain’t no free rides in my house. :)


22 posted on 03/13/2013 1:01:48 PM PDT by oust the louse (You need your parents signature to go on a school field trip but not to get an abortion.)
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To: Olog-hai

Hard work isn’t enough.

One can be the hardest working house cleaner in the world and never get wealthy.

One has to do something that people are willing to pay riches for. If you start a house cleaner business it is possible to get wealthy - but not just working as a house cleaner.

Read an interesting remark about Michael Jordan and his wealth. People are willing to pay basketball players millions and he was a man of singular ability, drive and work ethic. But nobody was willing to pay him much as a baseball player - his work ethic didn’t pay off. Now he is a Basketball coach and his work ethic isn’t translating into winning seasons for his team.

Work ethic is just one ingredient. A profession where high rewards are available is another. Natural talent is another.


23 posted on 03/13/2013 1:02:22 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Jim Robinson

No doubt they’re giving back to the fake for letting them be rich.


24 posted on 03/13/2013 1:02:23 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Olog-hai

You will be politically attacked and taxed to well past death.


25 posted on 03/13/2013 1:10:18 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Olog-hai
It is indeed possible to work hard and become rich, so long as one possesses the correct lottery number.
26 posted on 03/13/2013 1:12:55 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Who is John Galt?


27 posted on 03/13/2013 1:13:39 PM PDT by oldtimer
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To: Olog-hai

I’m reminded more and more of Eastern Europe


28 posted on 03/13/2013 1:14:05 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe 59% don’t know how to do anything. What’s the current aggregate percentage on SS, unemployment, welfare and ‘disability’ again?

SnakeDoc


29 posted on 03/13/2013 1:14:13 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: BenLurkin

“I got mine” laws.

once rich, close the door behind you. (and then lock it, bolt it, and nail it shut)


30 posted on 03/13/2013 1:19:48 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Olog-hai

“59% Say It’s No Longer Possible To Work Hard and Get Rich in U.S.”

Music to the Community Organizer’s ears.


31 posted on 03/13/2013 1:20:10 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (Business owners work harder! You have to support millions.)
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To: Olog-hai

It used to be an old joke among race-car drivers. How do you make a million bucks racing? Start with two million bucks. The same thing now applies to the country as a whole.


32 posted on 03/13/2013 1:20:44 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: allmendream

You can’t just work hard, though hard work alone can keep you fed and clothed. To get wealthy requires hard work, intelligence, and willingness to take risk.


33 posted on 03/13/2013 1:22:04 PM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Oberon

Most are sooooo screwed. Hard work is foreign to their being.


34 posted on 03/13/2013 1:28:04 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Olog-hai

The other 41% don’t realize it yet.


35 posted on 03/13/2013 1:30:40 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The purpose of Ubamacare is to make it impossible to start new businesses on a shoestring.

Remember her heinous Hillary saying she couldn't worry about every undercapitalized business in the US - as she was about to try and inflict some disgusting rules on her subjects?

I can't believe how this country has changed and so quickly. We are all now wards of the state....taxpaying entities diced up into special interest groups and catered to or trashed depending on how we are perceived to vote.

And meanwhile those living in or near D.C. get richer and richer not to mention more arrogant.

36 posted on 03/13/2013 1:35:52 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Olog-hai

Which is exactly how the Left wants it.

If you are rich you must have done it by ripping off widows and orphans or “winning life’s lottery”, since we all know it’s impossible to get there with hard work.

From there it’s a short step down to electing mobs of looters to “set things right”.


37 posted on 03/13/2013 1:39:08 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SnakeDoctor

The 59% includes 100% of Romney’s infamous 47%. Well, possibly excluding the majority of retired working folks who should’ve never been included in the 47% to begin with.


38 posted on 03/13/2013 1:41:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Olog-hai
It’s No Longer Possible To Work Hard and Get Rich in U.S.

Get rich?? This is hilarious...

In today's America, one can barely survive working your butt off with two, his and her incomes, as prices just continue to inch up, while wages have been stagnant for 12 years, benefits reduced or just outright eliminated..

39 posted on 03/13/2013 1:43:59 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: nascarnation
For most, if they don't get government jobs, they're screwed...

In fact, most in the private sector are screwed as they're wages and benefits will never keep up with the cost of actual living, declining dollar, costs of mortgages, rents, food, medical expenses, etc, etc.

In fact, multi-generational living is growing by leaps and bounds in the U.S. now...

40 posted on 03/13/2013 1:57:48 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: apillar

Meh, it could be that, some at least, know exactly what hard work is, but they have discovered that there is no additional reward for it nowadays. Why work overtime when your boss is going to forego even a cost of living raise again next year and say “it’s the economy”? That’s not a hard worker, that’s a sucker.


41 posted on 03/13/2013 2:06:26 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Olog-hai

Welcome to globalism’s collectivism where the banksters and global CEO’s have total control over the government and economy. They are squeezing out small business in the US.


42 posted on 03/13/2013 2:31:40 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Boogieman; apillar
Part of it is also jealousy and team issues.

When I started my first real job I made sure to come in first, work more hours than anyone and strive for perfection in my work. Managers would fight over having me on their projects.

Then I got the same raise as anyone above average. My boss said it’s to prevent jealousy within the team and upper management looks down upon any raises far above average. I later learned it was almost impossible to be promoted due to the same issues. After that I only worked just slightly harder than my closest competition. Why bother?

Also remember that back then it was possible to be upper-middle class and save a good amount for retirement with an average white-collar job. I bought my first home at 23 (in NYC!). Today we have kids working their a**es off doing the same thing I did who can’t even afford the smallest home due to sky-high expenses. Sometimes even with two incomes. Eventually they’ll realize “Why bother working your a** off for a small apartment and crappy food when the government will give it to you for free?”

43 posted on 03/13/2013 2:36:10 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Olog-hai

Really, do we believe that ‘just about anyone in the country’ (as the question is worded) can work hard and get rich in the US? How many of us think that those with an IQ in the bottom quartile will manage that? The next quartile up?

I would say that anyone who works hard, is resourceful, and makes that his or her goal has a chance, but certainly no guarantee, to get rich.

Still, I think there’s good reason for Americans to have become more pessimistic about said chances, and after all the doom and gloom questions that Rasmussen asked before getting to this one, it’s not surprise that the response is as doomy and gloomy as it is.


44 posted on 03/13/2013 2:40:27 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Olog-hai

This is great news for liberals. Most here will blame liberals and crony capitalism, but the fact is liberals will reap the rewards! Their entire platform is based on taking from the rich. If people don’t believe it is possible to work hard to become rich, then they are more likely to believe that the rich cheated and stole to get rich.


45 posted on 03/13/2013 2:48:06 PM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: Olog-hai

Obama’s Marxism.

End of story.


46 posted on 03/13/2013 3:01:43 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Olog-hai
Fifty-nine percent (59%), though, say that is no longer possible, up from 55% in late January and the highest level of pessimism in over four years of surveying

That seems about right. Less than than 40% of working age Americans have a full time job...

47 posted on 03/13/2013 4:15:24 PM PDT by EVO X
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To: Olog-hai; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.

The Obama Tax Hike

to go with

The Obama Recession


48 posted on 03/13/2013 5:21:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: varyouga

Yes, I came to that realization a long time ago. I had a decent salaried job, no wife and kids, so my expenses were minimal, no debt, and was getting my apartment for about half price, but still, on my income, buying even a small home was next to impossible. If I saved for 10 years so I could make a 50% downpayment, I could do it, but otherwise, forget it.

So, not only is there not much motivation from the jobs nowadays to work hard, there is not even much of a goal to shoot for if you want to work hard. I could move to another area where homes are cheaper and buy one pretty much outright at this point, but that would mean giving up a steady job for no certainty of a paycheck, so that doesn’t work for someone far from retirement age.


49 posted on 03/13/2013 5:36:52 PM PDT by Boogieman
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