Imagine the following dinner-time scenario in an American home: A little girl tells her father one night, "Daddy, I let someone else do my homework and I got a great grade." His response: "Good girl. With that attitude you just might grow up to be president some day and know just how to save a major corporation from failure."
The message: Genuine effort doesn't count for much in America anymore. If you were to go to a truly successful country, you might be shocked when you find out that their corporations still make quality products. (Can you say Mercedes-Benz?) That's because they're still allowed to hire quality people the way U.S. companies used to be able to do before the days of affirmative action. Quality companies don't need taxpayer bailouts to survive.
You don't think this is a problem? Just ask General Motors or General Electric why they're setting up shop and beginning to execute the large share of their manufacturing in China. Trust me, you won't like the answer.
Perhaps this is why this country is really on the skids. We are living in a sort of virtual reality, and it is slowly becoming the "new normal." Don't worry, you'll get used to it. After all, what choice do you have? Let's face it, no one seems to have the guts to do what's really needed to put the U.S. economic machine right again. Indeed, if someone tells a lie long enough and often enough people will eventually believe it.
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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