Working hard is not the sole factor; a host of personal decisions play a role.<quoted text> You know what the inference of 'privilege' means. You can work hard in this country and still be in poverty. Hard work doesn't equate to success financially. That lie has to stop! They're millions who work three times harder than you and still are eligible for food stamps and rent subsistence. Explain that disconnect or rationalize that BS with your phoney conservative ideology.
Your ilk believes in profits over morality, justice, and liberty & dignity.
Brookings [Institution] whittled down a lot of analysis into three simple rules. You can avoid poverty by:
1. Graduating from high school.
2. Waiting to get married until after 21 and do not have children till after being married.
3. Having a full-time job.
If you do all those three things, your chance of falling into poverty is just 2%. Meanwhile, youíll have a 74% chance of being in the middle class.
These rules apply to all races and ethnic groups. Breaking these rules is becoming more commonplace, unfortunately, for all racial groups.
By contrast, young adults who violated all three norms - dropped out, got married before 21 and had children out of wedlock, and didnít have a full-time job - had a 76% chance of winding up in poverty and a 7% chance of winding up in the middle class.