Had you gone your *own* way, and said "Hey Mom/Dad, I want to achieve my own success without any assistance so I can say *I* did it", then all the power to you. But you didn't, so your argument about how people need to work hard to be successful, when you haven't done it yourself, and have ridden on the coattails of others (if that is even true, somehow it smacks of the usual BS on these forums) is absolutely, one of the worst arguments you can utilise.
Also, here in Belgium, they pay for Medical Insurance, but it is ALL heavily subsidised, so full coverage for me and my wife is the princely sum of 15 Euros a month. With discounts if we live healthy lifestyles (Gym. regular checkups etc).
Yet, in USA< I read people have to pay nearly 4-5 times that amount, with less coming in than we have here? It's insane...
The argument that reducing regulations would have saved jobs is another thing. I think a lot of these companies are seeing their profits go down because their industry is dying (coal) or they are not innovating and making their companies more efficient over time. So they instead rely on the government to give them tax breaks or subsides to help them stay in business.
Yes, I do know of people who started off as poor as made something with it, but absolutely all of them used drugs money to subsidize that. Whether it was a company that sold trailers (subsidized by cocaine), an electronics shop (subsidized by heroin) or a auto-shop (subsidized by weed) all were subsidized by drugs since they couldn't get that help from other sources.
Some got out of the drug game after they made it. Some, I heard, did not. But I have yet to hear of a single person out here who made it from the families where they were rolling pennies for gas to a well-off position without someone stepping in to throw in money on their behalf and lots of it.
Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot.
Who had nearly fought the Dragon of Angnor.
Who had almost stood up to the vicious Chicken of Bristol.
And who had personally wet himself, at the Battle of Badon Hill.
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I was on it from 10 to 21 *when they finally took it away* because and i Quote "The rules are different"
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