Where does this entitlement mentality sweeping through America come from? Is it a gradual regression from the work ethic that built the United States into the dominant manufacturing country in the world? Does it come from a political viewpoint of insuring victory by promising more and expecting less? Does it grow because of fear and lack of security because so many of us lack true financial education?
There is a raging debate going on now regarding immigration reform. A large group of those on the negative side of this argument cite the possibility of new arrivals taking jobs from existing citizens. Some also believe many will enter this country to join the large party that is this entitlement mentality.
Almost two centuries ago in Europe there were basically two classes. Elite and not elite. The elite owned the property and therefore the wealth. There was no chance to move up. Immigrants left that situation and risked everything to get to America because the opportunity existed to move up. There were wealthy and non-wealthy here too. But the opportunity was there if you were willing to work hard. There was no guarantee, just the opportunity.
There are countless stories of people coming to the USA with no money, no concept of the English language and nowhere to live. Just a willingness to work hard and to learn. They took whatever job they could get and then studied our language in their spare time. There was no talk of being owed anything from this new country and government.
There are many similar stories of American born people scraping by and saving what they could to start their own business. The risk was all their own. There would be no bailout. If they had a setback, they had to look their employees in the eyes and tell them up front. It was their money that built the company and it would be their money that was lost if it failed.
So they worked harder, gave up some stuff and got moving. Many became huge success stories. After a great deal of effort and sweat. Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison. Entrepreneurs that drove the free market capitalism system that grew the country.
One truth in this immigration debate that is ignored is that many of the people in this country illegally now are doing jobs at this moment that were available because they were not filled by legal residents. The legal citizens refused to do those jobs. Maybe not all the immigrants or possibly soon to be immigrants will go on to be huge success stories, but they are following a proven path. We learn from history.
Are we regressing from the great work ethics of the past and willingness to take care of ourselves and instead expecting the government to take care of us?
Does this entitlement mentality grow exponentially as more and more federal money is promised in the form of corporate bailouts? As we read in the page about crony capitalism, those big companies are not examples of entrepreneurship. Those are just high paid employees who receive compensation whether they do a good or bad job.
There will always be a need to help the disadvantaged and the destitute. That is not so much entitlement mentality as it is a moral obligation. The problem arises when natural citizens refuse to take a job that is "beneath them" and then complain about a non-citizen being more than willing to do that job. That non-citizen still believes in the previous American Dream. That being an opportunity.
Robert Kiyosaki wrote a tremendous book titled, "Why "A" Students Work For "C" Students And "B" Students Work For The Government."
If you haven't read his first book, "Rich Dad Poor Dad," you should start there. I feel it is the single best financial education book ever written. His latest book which we are discussing today will certainly rankle a large group of people. Truth often has that effect.
You'll find both of these financial literacy masterpieces in the list of classic books, located within the left margin of every page at books-empower.com.
Even before I read this book, I always questioned why teachers unions were deathly afraid of evaluations of teachers. After all, they use grades to rate students. Why do these unions demand tenure protection and resist applying the same set of rules on themselves that they use in the classroom? Instead they insist on benefits for life.
There are thousands of dedicated teachers in our country. Nearly all entered that profession to make a positive difference. But the current system does not reward superior teachers. It merely keeps accountability out of the equation.
Robert Kiyosaki asks the following questions in his book.
1.)" Why do most students leave school needing job security?
2.) Why do many employees expect their employers to take care of them for life?
3.) Why is Social Security one of the biggest government programs in American history?
4.) Is our neediness caused by a school system's inability to prepare students for the real world?
5.) Do our schools foster the entitlement mentality?
6.) Are our schools killing the American Dream?"
Mr. Kiyosaki is not railing against individual teachers, but rather a system that doesn't teach financial literacy, thus turning out students who may get good grades on tests but are only prepared to try to get a steady job with benefits. Of course those same teachers were denied that true financial education, so they are not equipped to pass it on.
He also gives examples of great entrepreneurs who didn't excel in the traditional school setting but made big impacts on our lives by following the original American Dream.
This book offers real alternatives. It will help you teach your children well. In fact it is geared to help parents do that very thing. We'll draw more from this book as we continue to add to the "Teach Your Children Well" line up.
But for this page give some serious thought to these questions from "Why "A" Students Work For "C" Students And "B" Students Work For The Government."
"Why do people the world over feel that they are entitled to have the government or their employer take care of them for life."
Why do our public servants feel entitled to financial security for life? When did the shift from public servants to self-serving servants occur?
Could financial education have an impact on the entitlement mentality we see within the U.S. school system?"
In closing this page, I remember many years ago, I was working at a place that would be going through a three month renovation. It would have to be closed for that entire time. Of course many people told me to just sign up for unemployment because after all, I had been paying into it for years. I was "entitled."
I did sign up. And I did accept one check. I couldn't stand the thought of it and never went back. I found another short term work spot instead. I fear this entitlement mentality is turning us into that two tier society structure in Europe from almost 200 years ago. But in this case, we have those willing to work for what they get and willing to take the chances and to seek a better life.
The other side would be the larger group willing to watch the first group all the while complaining about not getting that in which they are "entitled."
Teach your children well to be in the first group. Educate them about the real American Dream instead of an entitlement mentality. Robert Kiyosaki wrote this book for you. The subtitle is "How to give your child a financial head start... without giving them money." In other words, teach them to fish, rather than giving them a fish.