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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

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I have a colleague and a friend in our Atlanta office who came from Romania because she won the Green Card lottery. She only had a high school diploma, and came from a middle class family who definitely could not support her or pay any of her expenses in the US. Incredibly bright and motivated, she did a series of jobs while studying when she could, got a college education, got a masters education, got her CPA, is having a brilliant career and on the fast-track to partnership. I only met her a couple of years ago but did not know the story until recently, and I was flabbergasted.

Stories like these rarely make the news, but they happen.
Stories like these don't even remotely begin to make statistics. Just like someones uncle who lived to be 100 despite smoking every day doesn't.

Fact is that the US has one of the worst social / economic mobility records of any western country. If you're born to poor parents in the US you are likely to stay poor (Italy and the UK are slightly worse btw but the rest of the EU better or much better). Some studies...:
http://www.epi.org/publication/usa-l...ries-mobility/
https://www.oecd.org/centrodemexico/medios/44582910.pdf
https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content...awhill_ch3.pdf
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