Obama is Wrong: Upward Mobility is Not a Thing of the Past


by David L. Goetsch

In spite of all he has done to undermine the concept, upward mobility is still possible in America. In December, President Obama made the following comment: “The problem is that alongside increased inequality, we’ve seen diminished levels of upward mobility in recent years.” Since America’s founding, upward mobility has been the watchword of those born on the lower rungs of the socio-economic economic ladder. Parents have long wanted their children to do better economically than they did. America’s history is replete with the rags-to-riches stories of people who started out at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder and rose to the top through hard work and perseverance. In fact, there are so many such cases in America that upward mobility has been assumed for generations. But in recent years, some have begun to question whether it is still possible for the next generation to do better than the current and previous generations. In fact, many of today’s college graduates count it a victory if they can even find a job. President Obama, who helped create the conditions today’s college graduates now face, is using the economic mess he has made to score political points for his left-wing policies.

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