Hard work still pays off

July 10, 2013 

One hundred years ago a man had to build a log cabin for shelter. He had to learn how to hunt and he had to chop lots of wood for heat in the winter. And he had to do all of this before he had much hope of attracting a woman to be with him.

Back then less intelligent people were given low-paying jobs, but lazy people had to stand on their own two feet or starve.

Poor people used to live in boarding houses. Now they get Section 8 housing subsidies and a place of their own.

According to a recent news report, 76 percent of U.S. families are living paycheck to paycheck.

Are they poor?

Another report I found showed that while almost half of the workers in the U.S. earn less than $25,000 per year, more than half do and nearly 30 percent earn more than $45,000 per year. Most households have two incomes and they should be earning enough that they are not living paycheck to paycheck unless they are spending more than they should be. But they certainly are not poor.

This is the land of opportunity. We have an illegal immigration problem because many people want to leave their home and move here. Why are they coming? Because our wages are low? Because we have no jobs? Or is our welfare system to easy too qualify for?

Yes, good-paying jobs are hard to find but hard-working people are succeeding.

Brad Sewell

Collinsville

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