Just for reference, I didn't say anything about people being lazy. That is a whole other topic of discussion.... I am talking about the will to do greater for yourself. Some people have it, and some people obviously don't.
College degrees area also only part of this. Trade schools, obtaining certifications and licenses to perform certain types of work, various tech schools, etc. are all part of what people refer to as "further education."
"For someone born into poverty and living around poverty, with all their friends in poverty, the prospect of a higher education doesn't even come to mind. It's not within their mind as a possibility, even if you and I have gone through college and understand it's possible. "
^That mentality simply needs to change. We were talking about the American Dream in a previous post. Like I've said numerous times now, the tools are out there for EVERYONE from different parts of the country, different backgrounds, skin colors, or whatever else. The fact that you say "the prospect of a higher education doesn't even come to mind" is not an excuse at all, I'm sorry dude.
EDIT: After reading your whole post it's pretty clear to me that you have a head on your shoulders, you wanted to improve your livelihood, set goals for yourself, and achieved them. This is EXACTLY what i'm talking about.
Everyone makes choices in life. I don't care if they come early, while you're in your 20's, 30's, or whatever else. In this country you have the choice to work toward a goal and actually have the tools to achieve that goal.
Losing your job or getting laid off is one thing, but why the hell are people having children when they can't even afford their own lives? I mean come on.... ffs take some responsibility for your actions, your future, and the potential future of your children. I would absolutely hope if you had kids, and you were laid off or lost your job, you'd be out there 8+ hours a day trying to find something else in order to support your family.
Hey like I said, i have absolutely no problem with lowering student loan interest rates or even getting rid of them all together. I think it should be a governmental thing, not a privatized system, to ensure that people are being treated fairly for wanting to pursue further education. As time goes on I also agree with lowering tuition costs and eventually even making it free. But this stuff takes time and we can't forget about the thousands and thousands of people who do the right thing, make sacrifices, and pay off their loans in a timely manner.
This whole "me too, give me this, I deserve this, me me me" bullshit needs to go away fast. We used to be a country filled with driven, hard working people who WORKED toward their goals.
Dude... don't get me started with healthcare. Everything about our privatized system truly angers the living shit out of me. Employers pay like an average of $15k on healthcare for each employee... it's so fucking stupid. There's a picture of a hospital bill out there where a guy got bitten by a rattlesnake. His hospital bill was over $153k.... I'd be like "well doc... you might as well just call the morgue"
On healthcare I agree with you on all fronts and i really hope it gets fixed sooner than later. It might not be this election or even the next one, but it's bound to happen soon.