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October 21, 2011


Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity (staying on the path)

by Andrea O'Connell

The subject of this WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Opportunity.

Maybe I am just over-tired and cranky because the first thing I thought about in relation to opportunity was the lack of opportunity for so many people in this country.

To be lacking something in America, the land of opportunity is a constant these days, isn’t it?

And so, I thought about what opportunity means, and I think it’s really a path that you have to get on and stay on.

It’s a path to … ?   Well, no where, these days.

Greed has destroyed many dreams, bombed the paths of too many people in this country and around the world.

When greedy Americans – big businesses and banks,  destroy paths for the little guy, the nation suffers.  When the rich are too rich, the poor is too poor and homeless; jobless and hungry,  there is terrible imbalance that will eventually right itself.

If necessary, it will take a revolution.

Our America was once “the land of opportunity,” remember?

“America – The home of the free and the brave” is becoming America the homeless nation.

“So, Waldo, where”s the “American Dream, hiding on your map?”   No more dreams, you say?  Only nightmares?  Nightmares, are dreams too you say?

America, our nightmare – the land of  dumb and the dumber.  The land of  Larry, Larry and Larry. Dumb, Dumb and Dummer.  Yeah! Keep ’em dumb.  We don’t need schools.  It’s just a place for babysitting kids!

The future of this country belongs to the children who are not being educated.  The people and children of this America are being dumbed down by the hideous state of education in this country.

What about the future?  Well, George W. Bush wasn’t concerned with that:

“What is going to be your legacy?” asked Suthichai Sae-Yoon, of the Nation Multimedia Group in Thailand.

“Oh, I don’t know,” Bush replied. “‘ll be dead when they finally figure it out.”  Source:

It’s not my intent to place blame, but “W” as I like to call him, will be proven to be the worst president our nation has ever known.

However, we don’t have the time to place blame, we have to move and find solutions.

The time has come for the uber-rich and the stinking greedy corporations to pay what they owe to a country that allowed them to prosper.

The time has come for Occupy Wallstreet.  I am grateful to the men and women involved in Occupy Wall Street; I applaud their efforts and sacrifices for the sake of our liberty – so we, the little guy and gal can get on and stay on the path of opportunity

An excellent set of charts, facts and analysis is given by Henry Blodget, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider, in an October 15th report.   He writes:

FACT:  Unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression (with the exception of a brief blip in the early 1980s).

FACT: corporate profits are at an all-time high, both in absolute dollars and as a share of the economy.

FACT: Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low. In other words, corporate profits are at an all-time high, in part, because corporations are paying less of their revenue to employees than they ever have. There are lots of reasons for this, many of which are not the fault of the corporations. (It’s a global economy now, and 2-3 billion new low-cost employees in China, India, et al, have recently entered the global workforce. This is putting pressure on wages the world over.)

FACT:  Income and wealth inequality in the US economy is near an all-time high: The owners of the country’s assets (capital) are winning, everyone else (labor) is losing.  The top earners are capturing a higher share of the national income than they have anytime since the 1920s:

READ Here Are Four Charts That Explain What The Protesters Are Angry About…

There is a definite imbalance of opportunity, there is injustice when children and adults in our  country are homeless, foodless, jobless….

A home, a job, some food isn’t too much to ask, is it?

Can you imagine being homeless?  Can you imagine being hungry?

Thousands of people aren’t imagining it, they’re living it.

We have to support change.

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Faith
    Oct 22 2011

    When as a nation did we decide it was the job of the leaders of this country to educate our children? It has been shown that a child learns it’s moral values by the time they reach school age. A child learns from their parents what is right or wrong. Lie to your boss to get a day off? You teach your child that lying is okay. Find something of value and keep it,instead of turning it in. You teach your child it’s okay to get and keep things that aren’t theirs or they didn’t earn. Don’t hold your child responsible for his misdeeds and you’ll have a child who lies and expects to get away with whatever he/she feels is theirs. KC Anthony is a good example of that upbringing.
    Many are homeless and without jobs today,that’s true,some because they won’t work,some because they can’t work. There are some that have taken what opportunities were offered and became successful.
    I personally believe that breakdown of this nation started in the breakdown of the family. You can’t make laws or design aid programs that make parents want to be parents. You can and have designed programs that help to teach children that having sex can lead to disease an unwanted pregnancy or both. These programs should be encouraged. Children are not equpped to raise children.
    We should as a Nation come together to encourage fairness in our jobs in the tax laws and take care of our own before getting involved in the other countries are doing.
    And yes I have been hungry. I also worked for almost fifty years right up until I turned 70 so now I live on SS which will get us a raise in 2012,the first in two years. Of course most of it will probably go to an increase in our Medicare.
    Maybe the protests will help. I hope so. I personally I would like to see those in Washington having to live like the rest of use. No long terms,no paid insurance after they leave office. Let’s have them on SS and Medicare.

    JMHO of course.

    Good article as usual. Thanks Andrea
    I’m off my soap box for today.

    JMHO of course.

    • Oct 22 2011

      Faith, I agree. I talk to teachers a lot and they all say that the failure of the parent’s being involved is one of the biggest failure of education for young people. The other failure, is the testing. Schools demand that teachers teach for the purpose of testing. The Florida test, the FCAT, has ruined education in this state, thank you Jeb Bush. There is going to be a change thanks to Obama’s influence, unfortunately, so much damage has already been done…. Better late than never! Speaking of late…. I gotta run or I will be…. 🙂

  2. Oct 22 2011

    thought provoking post

    • Oct 22 2011

      Hi Jo, thank you very much for that.

  3. jakesprinter
    Oct 22 2011

    I`m still discovering for it

  4. Oct 23 2011

    While I agree with your assessment of our nation’s problems I disagree with who it is to blame and your sociolist/communist way of solving it. Robbing from the rich to feed the poor will eventually put this nation into lockstep slavery to the government where everyone will be put to forced labor to bring in that income. See how rich the leaders of sociolist nations are? Look at the peasantry. Some Utopia! It won’t be like the fantasy land of Shangrila in the movie, Lost Horizon!

    You cannot legislate the poor into equality by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. When half the people realize they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half realizes it does no good to work because somebody else is going to enjoy the fruits of thier labor, that my dear friend, is the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.


    Here is a thought provoking video of the young liberals view of their GPAs being redistributed:

    Maybe your boss will take that well earned raise of yours, Andrea, and redistribute it to the housekeepers at your campus office. I heard that the OWS-ers didn’t like being robbed of their things at their protest sites-whaaa??? They are upset about the very thing they desire-forced redistribution. Its so true, smug liberals think they have the handle on morality, even more than God has, despite the Judeo-Christian model of morality having been embraced by even nations that never heard of it-its within us, knowing right from wrong-since history began. And they will force their new morality down everyone’s throats and yank it out of everyone’s pockets. Thing is, these aggressive progressives don’t play out their ideas fully to see where it ends up…which usually hurts the poor more and makes more poor instead of the other way around. History repeats itself.

    Faith, well said from a wise woman-yes, wisdom is found in the grey-headed! :mrgreen:

  5. Oct 23 2011

    Methinks deregulation is the answer, not redistribution~

    You see, these regulations are applauded by the liberal democrats because it means more government (and it gives the pretense that they care-but, my how expensive all their caring costs!

    • OhWell
      Oct 24 2011

      Too many Americans are unable to even find the path considering the economic difficulties.

      • Oct 25 2011

        Hi Ohwell, You are absolutely right – the path has deteriorated along with everything else.

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