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Show Of Hands October 5th, 2012 12:00am

Relative to other Americans of your generation, would you say that you were "born into privilege?"

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eml87 Michigan
10/12/12 1:59 pm

I think if you have food on the table, access to a good education, great parents and good health you should consider yourself privileged.

tabbser
10/09/12 10:21 pm

Kids today have it easy. I imagine my grandfather said exactly the same thing.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/08/12 10:00 am

I remember when I wanted to send my dinner to " the poor starving children in china". I got knocked off my chair.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/08/12 9:56 am

Kty when I was little rich kids had Davy Crocket hats.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/08/12 9:54 am

When I was little rich kids had Davy Crocket hats. People will off had private phone lines. Boy am I old????

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/08/12 9:51 am

No not at all. My dad worked for Boeing. We did have the first tv on the block. Kids came over to watch; Superman , the Lone Rangier, Stan Borison and Captain Puget.

Ernest Make it so
10/08/12 2:22 am

Nope, not at all. I was born and then became a ward of the state, then hit the foster care system. Sooo no, no privileges here lol :x

GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
10/07/12 12:52 pm

If you are replying to kayjayleh, I don't think you read the post carefully. It says that America is a great place to live. The post goes on to criticize people who are not grateful to live here. I agree. I think you would also agree, based on what you usually write.

gambit Massachusetts
10/07/12 11:12 am

Like Romney? Didn't know they were that good of friends...lol

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gambit Massachusetts
10/07/12 11:10 am

LOL...god no! And if it weren't for social welfare programs, I wouldn't be as successful as I am today...that's why I don't mind paying a little more in taxes. I know there are allot of kids out there with all the potential, but not lucky enough to be born wealthy....proud of what I did, and to help

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dollyskid
10/07/12 10:57 am

Financially, about average probably but i have the best mom ever, so i am privileged that way. she gave me many advantages in life.

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Cragaleus2
10/07/12 9:10 am

I wasn't born into privilege, when I was young my parents had hardly any money. I remember sharing a single happy meal with my siblings because my mom couldn't afford to get meals for everyone. Now my father owns multiple companies, and if I made less than 100k a year I'd be the poorest person in my

ladyniner81 I need chocolate
10/07/12 7:51 am

they rationed things which drove me crazy, but Now I think it was being used to those times.

ladyniner81 I need chocolate
10/07/12 7:50 am

my dad was a Mechanical Engineer at GM and my mom chose to stay home and raise 4 kids..She went back to work as a nurse when I was in school. I don't think we were well off but we weren't poor either. My parents lived during the Depression, so I think my parents were used to saving things

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kytoaltoky
10/07/12 6:45 am

We prefer quail where I'm from! ;)

kytoaltoky
10/07/12 6:44 am

For dinner?

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kytoaltoky
10/07/12 6:41 am

Rich kids have smartphones? I'll admit, the income filter is a bit baffling!

kytoaltoky
10/07/12 6:39 am

Yes, kids born into poverty aren't entitled to a dime because that would give them a can of formula and a sense "entitlement." Congratulations on your choice of parents by the way!

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wirenerd Somersworth
10/07/12 5:30 am

By no means does my family have a lot of money. However, compared to other families in our city, we are fairly well-off. So I would have to say that I was born into a fairly privileged lifestyle.

lilraerae Tuscaloosa
10/07/12 2:52 am

Well I wasn't born into money at all. Paycheck to paycheck is what my parents did but I guess I was lucky because they put their kids first and world do without just so their kids would eat. Plus they are together too. Many kids I know dealt with divorce.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/07/12 2:27 am

Not monetarily. But I did have some of the best parents that a kid could ask for who loved me and taught me about Jesus.

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asuny5
10/06/12 11:18 pm

I came from a similar situation. I was always provided for, but also worked as soon as I legally could. I learned the value of a dollar and learned to work hard and not take advantage of the system.. This is America, we are not entitled to anything. We succeed and fail on our own merits.

idream
10/06/12 9:34 pm

I was born into an upper middle class family. My father worked his butt off to get there. I know that I'm EXTREMELY lucky to have had that privilege.

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Arya8
10/06/12 7:31 pm

Very interesting age filters. Also interesting income filters.

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kayjayleh Lansing, MI
10/06/12 6:49 pm

It must be so wonderful to not appreciate your life at all.

cwleduc
10/06/12 6:47 pm

I wouldn't say "born" into it. However, my Dad started making significantly more money by the time I was a sophomore in college, and so there has been a "trickle down" to my sister and i ever since.

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july475
10/06/12 6:36 pm

Or your mom and dad earned it let's get this right

commonsense America isnt racist
10/06/12 5:43 pm

That's what America's all about!!

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imawench
10/06/12 5:41 pm

It's true most Americans are privileged, compared to the rest of the world. We have so much to be thankful for. Even so, the extremely wealthy continues to get wealthier, and that percentage is shrinking, and the percentage of middle class shrinks, as the percentage of poverty grows.

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commonsense America isnt racist
10/06/12 5:41 pm

Obama loves the middle class. Some of his best friends own the middle class.

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ntvtxn62
10/06/12 5:12 pm

Back then we didn't think of ourselves as 'privileged'- we were taught to EARN IT!

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kubu1218 Texas
10/06/12 4:40 pm

I've worked for everything I have. Grew up less than privileged but my mom did the best she could while it was just the two of us - even kept me from knowing that we'd been homeless for a time. I certainly know what I have now and can appreciate all it took to get here.

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joyfully
10/06/12 3:50 pm

I have food clothes a shelter good enough I would like more but hey a lot of kids and teens a others are homeless and have to worry about were there next meal will come from or have to pick feed the kids or pay the bills

cowboy Doors of Perception
10/06/12 12:19 pm

Its great to be an American! You you kidding me!?

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beltway District of Columbia
10/06/12 12:19 pm

Pretty fascinating age filters. Wonder why so many of us oldsters say "No"?

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beltway District of Columbia
10/06/12 12:15 pm

It must be pretty fantastic to feel so morally superior.

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pudtheduck
10/06/12 12:10 pm

Born into a nurturing, supportive middle class family who valued and reenforced education is certainly a privilege which has deeply impacted the outcome of my life.

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cowboy Doors of Perception
10/06/12 12:01 pm

Yeah F America right comrades! Greedy Capitalist pigs!

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EarlyBird Portland
10/06/12 11:52 am

I agree with MIT. I'm comparing myself with other Americans, not the world.

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BadWolf The Library
10/06/12 11:49 am

That's not ironic.

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BadWolf The Library
10/06/12 11:49 am

Privilege in America is different than privilege in the world.

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kayjayleh Lansing, MI
10/06/12 11:36 am

inability to acknowledge the privilege we innately have.

kayjayleh Lansing, MI
10/06/12 11:36 am

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you're richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet, and spare change, you are in the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

America sickens me sometimes in our

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Drew41
10/06/12 11:10 am

I certainly was not. My kids will be.

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Apex swimming in the sky
10/06/12 11:00 am

I was born to the 1%. starting wars at my leisure, detailing media to my agenda, eating gold bars and diamond jewels for breakfast. I had 52 servants at my disposal. sadly I then woke up and realized my home had been foreclosed by my dream. irony!

cowboy Doors of Perception
10/06/12 10:41 am

When I was a kid we had carrier pigeons...

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heyyjude NC
10/06/12 10:38 am

Immature people I know and they're 40+.