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President calls for redistribution of wealth

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From page A11 | December 06, 2013 | 21 Comments

You may have heard our beloved president, Mr. Obama, make a speech about income inequality in the United States.

He strongly suggested that “we” were responsible for the fact that some had more money than they needed while others could barely support their families. Since this supposed unfairness has been a staple of the Democratic Party’s propaganda for well over a century, there was nothing really new in the president’s speech.

Before digging any deeper into the “unfairness” claim, think about the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

Don’t the high schools offer advanced placement for college-bound students with good grades? Wouldn’t you suspect that those in these classes are admitted to the better four-year colleges in greater numbers than students with mediocre grades? Certainly there are students who have trouble in school for reasons, such as turmoil in their families, that are essentially beyond their control. I would guess, or rather hope, that educators make every effort to guide every student on a path that leads to fulfillment of his or her potential.

Of course, a student’s success is not solely up to the educators. The family environment is extremely important, such that children in two-parent homes have a greater chance of academic success than those with only one parent. But there are three other factors that are greater predictors of success. Unfortunately, educators have to tiptoe around them, and, in some circles, they are considered taboo.

One is the IQ of the student. Another is the vocabulary of the student’s parents. The third, and I’m sure there are many more, is the discipline to study provided by the parents.

Some years ago, Scientific American had an important article discussing reasons for success among Asian-American students. Aside from differences in intellectual ability, it was the regimen insisted on by the parents. A student, who ate dinner with his family, usually at the kitchen table, did not even get up after eating. His or her study materials were on the table as soon as dinner was over, and the average time spent on homework was three hours.

So is it any surprise that the freshman classes at the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA were recently made up of 47 percent Asian-Americans? That’s probably at least five times their percentage in the state’s population. But there was no mention of that by the president.

Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at Bsteven254@aol.com.

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  • PatriotDecember 06, 2013 - 6:30 am

    Yep, you hit the nail on the head. Families are the most important factor on how their kids do in school. Unfortunately due to the decline in years our government believes they need to step in to try to help out with their dysfunctional family. It will not work. I also believe there are stories of kids from dysfunctional families that do well in school and life. It is simply a decision that all need to make!

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  • DanielDecember 06, 2013 - 7:41 am

    The real Obama (karl Marx disciple) comes a little bit more out of the closet while the poison tenacles of his government reach more and more into everyone of our personal lives, the difference between us and the so-called Progressives is that we're not delusional, we admit what's going on. The "Progressives" are going to pay just what the rest of us are.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 06, 2013 - 8:25 am

    The President's destructive emotional appeals along with all of his false logic curdles my stomach and makes my blood boil! The public schools are just as guilty too with their dumbing down of the population to the point where we as a nation can no longer decide things rationally, objectively or critically. The population has been conditioned to just ''think'' emotionally. Both the government and the news media have ben instrumental to that ignoble end. People don't seem to understand what facts are. What they should be told is ''choose wisely''---you are constantly being misled with emotional appeals, sophistry of reason and mere platitudes.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 06, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Try bringing these factual concerns to the attention of your local, state and federal politicians! They won't listen to the facts!----it's full speed ahead with the not-so-great society, even if it means the destruction of liberty, the economy and the United States of America.

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  • rlw895December 06, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Does anyone else find this column odd. It's like the first two paragraphs were written last and patched on solely to generate a more eye-catching headline. This column isn't about the president's speech at all.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 06, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Bud's column was confusing, to be sure. He could have mentioned that income inequality in America today is a by-product, to some degree, of an aging population.

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  • rlw895 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsMDecember 06, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    It's an important subject, worthy of discussion. You first need to distinguish between income and wealth. Both are concentrating, but there is a stronger trend for income. Second, you need to decide if concentration of income or wealth is a problem. If either is, then you need to decide what to do about it without the cure being worse than the disease. "Income redistribution" is a loaded phrase that does not convey the range of options. It should be banished from any serious discussion.

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  • rlw895December 07, 2013 - 6:39 am

    I should have said "...income OR wealth redistribution..." So, Mr.S, or anybody: How do you respond to my opening points? The difference between wealth and income is definitional and fairly obvious. They are related in that high income generally leads to wealth, and high wealth generally leads to high "unearned" income (from capital gains, rents, dividends, and interest). The concentration of both IS occurring, and it IS a threat to the "American Experiment." There's no point in discussing what to do about it unless we agree on that foundation.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 06, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    It seems we as a society have no respect or empathy for the businessman, big or small. People don't realize how stressful and risky it is to risk capital to start a business and what it takes to make it succeed. Why is it that we hold successful business men and women up to derision simply for risking it all to get there? We have a horrible mentality in our nation of being hateful and jealous of anybody who has a dollar more then we do----and then we call them "the rich" as if they had a disease or something.

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