Work ethic has changed since Great De...

Work ethic has changed since Great Depression

There are 11 comments on the story from Feb 26, 2009, titled Work ethic has changed since Great Depression. In it, reports that:

Steve Conn's conclusion in his Feb. 22 opinion column, that a new New Deal would work as well as the old, misses an important point: Then, there was a work ethic and people were grateful to trade an honest ...

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#1 Feb 26, 2009
This letter points out an unfortunate truth. Many Americans today are too special, entitled and educated to do what they feel is beneath them.

To the contrary, if some of us are so hard up that we're willing to take any job, we are told that we are overqualified.
Shannon Kennedy

Cheltenham, UK

#2 Feb 27, 2009
I would be interested to know what the honourable gentleman might cite as evidence to support his points about senses of entitlement and coddled existence. What constitutes an honest day's work and the commensurate pay? Sweeping statements such as these, bigoted grumbling usually made by the older generations who feel their own sense of entitlement to hurl unfounded insults at their younger peers, are antithetical to a move for social, cultural, and even economic recovery. As for entitlement, isn't being entitled to opportunities in which one then succeeds or fails on one's own merits the essence of the American Dream and enshrined in our founding documents?

Exeter, NH

#3 Feb 27, 2009
I'm truly grateful for every meal on my family's table. I work huge hours, day and night, and like everyone of my neighbors, friends and colleagues, will do whatever it takes to support myself and family. I believe in honesty, honor, integrity, the American way and all that.

So how do you conclude we have a work ethic problem?

Maybe you know a lot of snobs, Maybe you surround yourself with the wrong types.

All I see is a lot of hard working Americans.

New Milford, CT

#4 Feb 27, 2009

Budget woes?

Wall St specualtors and war mongers have bankrupted our country, morally and fiscally....

with the help from their enablers and appeasers in Congress, from both sides of the aisle..

and the bail outs and endless wars of choice continue.....

Washington CT USA (5th CD)

The Obviuos

Chicopee, MA

#5 Feb 27, 2009
Work is supposed to suc k and be hard hence the word WORK!! Everybody is a wuss out there. A bunch of Nancy Boys who have forgotin how to Get er Done!!!!!
1000 year economy coming

Willimantic, CT

#7 Feb 27, 2009
You're just watching the end of a decadent era. The same thing happened just before 1929 crash. I remember the first time I could vote, George Bush Senior was campaigning against Reagan's voo-doo economics. Reagan brought in "Big America" and fake cash while embracing Arab oil big time and all presidents (including George Sr) that followed him did exactly the same. Bush/Clinton/Bush will be an era of decadence and arrogance. Like any era in history like that it gets a humble face plant mud pie eventually. They catered to the carefree, careless, crowd where cheating any system became thrilling and the norm. Big biz was eager to take the biz to communist China for quick profit but no long term sustainability. It created a good times for a fraction of the population and left out a lot (people never mention during the great times about 50 million were in poverty - not all black and lazy like some of you morons are suggesting). America is about to swing away in a totally new direction and Obama will fast track new technologies that pea brain Bush couldn't get or because of religious wackos wouldn't push through while including more people in the pie-fest which is similar to what Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt did. Ending decadence will force people to pay for what they want and will cancel out weasels who know how to use a fake system to their advantage. It's going to be much harder for big banks and investment firms to cook their books and the little guy house flipper won't flip 20 houses in your neighborhood in a year causing a housing crisis. The gambling age is over. Reagan's legacy is about to be over. This is a new era that will last until the next time Americans fall asleep and let greedy people run the show again. But it's quite possible that after this speed bump the world will see a huge leap forward for everyone and jaw dropping inventions begin to change the human race in ways we cannot imagine now.

Danbury, CT

#8 Feb 27, 2009
Krutchev said he would "bury us economically." Russian's are emotional and impatient. They bought weapons and went into debt. Then they collapsed under their own weight. Chinese are not impatient and there are six times as many. Watch your back!!!! If we only bought one less thing from each Chinese factory we could eliminate our trade deficit!!!!(Oh, it is usually quoted as if we could just sell one **** to each Chinese then we would have a big business) Now there's Strategic thinking by American Business. Only to do it you must transfer your technology, emasculate your middle class, invest a ton of money in local factories and guarantee that you will create more currency then you use!!! Now there's a big idea!!!

Gitmo Stimulus

Exeter, NH

#9 Feb 27, 2009
Not a "New Deal"

America now has a "Raw Deal" with Obama and Company.

Danbury, CT

#10 Feb 27, 2009
Gitmo Stimulus wrote:
Not a "New Deal"
America now has a "Raw Deal" with Obama and Company.
sort of like your "raw deal" with hollow sloganeering?

Hooksett, NH

#11 Feb 28, 2009
Maybe our leaders in Washington instill that sense of entitlement by their own actions.
Sandy hooker

Willimantic, CT

#12 Feb 28, 2009
I agree with the idea of the article. We now have a group of young workers who get bored unless they do the latest thing. As well they expect to be rewarded or gushed over for the any effort they put out. This is a generalization but I have seen more with this mentality like this than less.

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