What we thought we knew about upward mobility in America is wrong

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  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Jan. 26, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    "Life is not fair, and the poor will always be among us. It is our job to use whatever gifts we have to help others. I tutor a child for free. It doesn't cost me money, only time."

    Keep up the good example and the hard work. We will all die but the knowledge that we shared and the lives we changed will remain.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    The most dangerous aspect of these reports is the cataclysmic response by Socialist (i.e Democratic and Republican) dreamers that will castigate capitalism and the rich, when the absolute undeniable fact is that government policies, abetted by corrupt and scheming politicians, have created it. Capitalism will be blamed and the socialist dreamers will collude to find another reason to confiscate and redistribute wealth and worst of all, the common man and women and the poor will be forgotten! Wake up America and get off your high horse and educate yourself!

  • SoUtBoy25 Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    Let's be honest on a national level neither Republicans and Democrats give anything more than mouth speak with regard to upward mobility. They are more concerned about lining their own pockets as well as those who finance their campaigns.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    "As Leonhardt suggests in his New York Times piece, no matter what the varying takeaways may be from pundits and politicians, 'the study has the potential to alter the way Mr. Obama and other public figures talk about mobility trends.'"


    The "potential" perhaps, but, given the tendency of Mr. Obama and far too many of his cohorts in the administration blind guides, more liable to strain at gnats while swallowing camels when it comes to implementing or even recognizing wise policy.

    From what I've seen of this study, it is most remarkable for how little is actually surprising. At least to anyone with an ounce of common sense.

    To think that one's likelihood of success in life is enhanced, "if they hail from a community with lots of two-parent families.", is another of those "Yeah, so what?" kinds of conclusions that seem so typical from these kinds of things.

    I wish more people would strive to strengthen and then rely on more of the kind of innate intelligence that makes these kinds of "findings" to be as natural as noticing that water always runs downhill.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:21 a.m.

    The study will not alter the way Pres. Obama discusses the issue because he is set on creating envy in one class against another to gain political power. If we get enough people upset at those evil rich people, we can vote to steal, er, I mean tax what they have worked for.

    The results are not surprising. If your family makes a good living, one would expect that they spend that money on education and other training their children to be successful. The reason I work long hours is to provide my children with every opportunity.

    The fact that nearly 10 percent of children born in the bottom fifth ends up in the top fifth actually shows economic mobility. One would expect that even greater numbers of children born in the second, third and forth fifths to also move up as they have less distance to go. That would mean a majority of people in the top fifth did not start there. That is called opportunity.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 11:22 p.m.

    I was able to move up in my income bracket because I had a college degree and worked hard at my job. My other asset is that I have an educated husband who also has a good job. Life will never be fair. Why was school so easy for me when other children and young adults had to work so much harder? My I.Q. was just higher, at least according to my tests. I came from a poor family, but because I was given a gift, I was able to succeed. Life is not fair, and the poor will always be among us. It is our job to use whatever gifts we have to help others. I tutor a child for free. It doesn't cost me money, only time.