If one looks at the map of it, the upper midwest, parts of the west (including
Utah) and the northeast did the best, while the south did the worst. Even worse
for the south is the fact that the southern states are the poorest to begin with
so the difference between bottom 20% and top 20% is less than it'd be in
the more prosperous states so it should be easier in the south to pull it off.
LA Mormon nailed it. I grew up relatively poor on the near Salt Lake westside.
I was helped by two wonderful parents. I never wanted for necessities or
family. Moreover I had the opportunity to attend a world class university - the
U - when tuition rates were moderate. Low cost higher education needs to be
present as a moderating influence.
I've never thought of poverty of having many levels but Utah has figured it
out somehow. I'd like to know what they mean by move up the ladder? Its not
to prosperity or independence or having a above average income for someone who
earned a college study degree. Utah has devised a plan where minimum
wage is excessive income depriving business profits. Utah has figured out how to
convert welfare as incomes to elevate the standards of living in poverty. Its
the level of welfare that is skewing working incomes, they have converted
welfare to jobs. They had to, welfare pays more than americans who are limited
to $980/mo job income. Moving up the economic ladder in Utah means going on
welfare giving cost of living raises. I think Utah is the only welfare system in
the country who's welfare system is an international line of credit funded
by Utah taxpayers.I don't know where Utah is getting money to
fund welfare, but its not from state tax commission. The real living conditions
in Utah is more comparable to the 1930-1940 years of depression and recession
that had a higher standard of living.
This nation and its people have forgotten what created the modern middle class
and economic opportunity for all. During and immediately after World War II the
taxes on high income earners was nearly 100%. During World War II the top tax
rate was 94%. During the 1950's when the Interstate Freeway System were
built the top tax rate was slightly lower at 92% under Dwight Eisenhower. The
tax rate during the era of the Greatest Economic expansion in World History
never dipped below 50% on the highest wage earners.However America
including Utah fundamentally changed after 1980. Utah used to fund its schools
well before 1980. We no longer do. The United States used to tax high wage
earners more. Now the Super Rich pay the lowest tax rates in the history of the
country. Do you want to know why there is less opportunity and less mobility.
Well America has changed the laws and the rules to favor the rich. They have
tremendous opportunities and mobility now. More than ever. The average American?
Not so much.
@KaoticYou are wrong. There are millions of unfilled, high-paying
jobs out there right now. I have had a position at my company open for 18
months...it sits unfilled to this day. Why? Because we can't find anyone
with the skills and education needed to fill it.To be blunt, the
idea that there are no good jobs out there is an excuse made by lazy people.
Get up, get educated (in the right field), and you will find that there is a
great deal of opportunity.
I love it when people tout their religiosity and then bash others in the same
paragraph.Utah has more than its share of nepotism, cronyism, and
discrimination against minorities and women in my opinion.If you belong to
the majority group you have a much improved chance for economic success.
It's no wonder network marketing "careers" are so popular in Utah.
@ DN Subscriber, most people I know are working two jobs while trying to support
a family, not living off welfare or staying home. That includes Hispanics,
white people and all others. I think you're too quick to label people.
The economy is still a train wreck and good paying jobs with benefits are just
not out there anymore. That is because of greed. Most Americans and Utahans
are not lazy and will do what is necessary to support their families. If the
greed and unequal distribution of wealth continues, then there will be no middle
class, which is what the top dogs want. If the middle class ceases to exist
then this country will cease to exist as it now and as it has been the last 237
years. We will just slide into third world status with a two class society.
Obama didn't create this mess, he just inherited it. It was created by his
predecessor and nobody on the other side will work with him in Washington to
change what is broke.
"'We know that the context is that we have incredible inequality of
wealth and income in our country,' Perlich said. 'That's a
given.'"-----------------I wonder if they will
include the incredible per capita income income inequality that keeps growing
between the private vs. public sectors.There is a very good reason
that the D.C. area has six of the nation’s ten wealthiest counties. They
all have median annual household incomes of between $93,000 and $117,000 and an
unemployment rate of only 5.5%, more than 2% below the national average and one
of the lowest in the country. Not at all surprising considering that local
federal spending has doubled over the past decade.Of course,
considering that the Federal Government can coercively extract taxes despite its
increasing incompetence, as exemplified so well by the IRS, the agency
designated to take the taxes, the avalanche of money flowing to the area is
perfectly predictable.Power corrupts. And absolute power, the type
desired so much by Obama (as demonstrated by his unconstitutional executive
orders during what he dishonestly called a Senatorial recess, for one example),
re:DN SubscriberFrom the study:"Mortgage interest
deductions are also positively related to intergenerational mobility. Finally,
we find significant positive correlations between state EITC policy and
intergenerational mobility. "We find that both the level and
progressivity of CZ (communting zone) tax expenditures are positively correlated
with higher levels of intergenerational mobility.Overall, these
results suggest that tax expenditures aimed at low-income taxpayers can have
significant impacts on economic opportunity. Hence, the short-term fiscal gains
from reducing such expenditures must be weighed against the potentially large
long-term costs of reduced income growth for low income individuals."
Successful upward mobility does NOT result from massive government spending on
"job training" or handouts, or employer mandates, or "affirmative
action" quotas.Upward mobility comes from hard work, a work
ethic instilled by parents and neighbors and schools. A strong family that
values education, and demands that kids attend and study, and succeed. From
children being born into a family that includes a mother and father, where a
parent works to support them, not where they enjoy the benefits of the welfare
plantation while no one ever gets up to go to a job. And that children come
from parents who delayed marriage until they could support themselves, and
delayed child bearing until they could support the children. Strong religious
values also encourage success.One could argue that other demographic
factors are strongly correlated, not because the factors are causation.The thing most destructive to upward mobility is to take for the hard working
"makers" and redistribute their earnings to the lazy but greedy