I am a late baby boomer who was fortunate to see a modest American Dream happen with my grandparents and parents. They took ownership and responsibility in themselves and always "moved up" in a generation -for the newly arrived immigrant grandparents which became midwestern landowners (the farm is still in the family), for my parents working their way through college (the first in both families) and working hard as a civil engineer and a teacher/school psychologist to not only own/pay off their home but educate their 3 sons (one is myself) in a very good PUBLIC education system. then be prudent and wonderful enough to give all three of us the (private) college education they had to earn themselves. I taught public high school science for 12 years until during the last 4-5 years I saw poor parenting, decreased resources and unaccountable teachers decimate the district to a point where I could no longer function with conscience. Switching to a small biotech (< 200 employees) to use my science skills to attempt to deliver new therapies to patients, I see overcompensated executives (5% of the company) make massively stupid mistakes and continue to earn at least 400K/yr with bonus - and also no accountability.
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