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Our New America

March 22, 2019

This is the second post in a three-part series about the American people.

Today I was in a very long line at the supermarket and found myself talking to an older woman next to me whom I’d never met. We were just chit-chatting and somehow the topic moved from the weather to her granddaughter. I was so moved by this woman’s story that I wanted to share it here.

In passing, this woman related to me that her granddaughter was in college in South Carolina. I asked what she was studying and the grandmother replied: “Well, she wanted to be a doctor. She’s a straight “A” student, super motivated and studies hard. The trouble is, she just doesn’t have the money for Medical School and can’t afford a loan for hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

I shrugged in agreement and pressed her about her granddaughter. She had graduated from a local North Carolina high school and had enrolled in the University of South Carolina in pursuit of a medical career. She was a full time student devoted to her studies. But she was struggling emotionally and was definitely in need of financial assistance. That help had been refused by numerous authorities, including the on-campus financial assistance department and various government agencies. The reason? She wasn’t a member of any particular entitled group, she was middle class, not poor enough and was Caucasian. To boot she didn’t have movie star parents to buy her way into a prestigious school.

The conversation then shifted to the needs of our population and who gets the help from our government. I wondered out loud why our country gives away sacks full of money to undeserving illegal aliens, convicted criminals, people who don’t want to work and other deadbeats who will never contribute to our society while at the same time refusing to help someone like this woman’s granddaughter. Have we really gotten to the point where individual initiative and hard work go completely unrewarded? I think so. The very things that made our country great to begin with now count for squat.

I asked the woman what her granddaughter was going to do in light of her dilemma. “Probably try to be a medical technician,” she answered with a sigh of frustration. She continued to explain that her granddaughter was working two jobs and going to school at the same time. She was worried that the load was a bit too heavy for the young girl but finally conceded in southern style, “She’ll manage alright, I reckon.” I could identify with the whole situation as I worked two jobs all the way through college and grad school. I didn’t get any financial help from anyone either but I managed, became successful and had a fulfilling life. But Lord, what a price I paid! I rarely got three hours of sleep at night all the way through college. Would this woman’s granddaughter be able to do the same? The sad look on the woman’s face gave me doubts.

At last our groceries were checked out and I said goodbye and wished the granddaughter luck. As this woman left the store ahead of me lumbering with her heavy bags, I could not help but wonder if our new America has squandered its human resources in an overdone effort to be politically correct. Couldn’t we use another young, dedicated doctor? I think so!

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12 Comments
  1. Sad state of affairs. Hope the grand daughter finds someone who can help her out.

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  2. A me risulta che anche negli Stati Uniti di siano delle borse di studio e che dalle banche vengono fatti prestiti agli studenti da restituirsi a partire dal loro impiego lavorativo.
    Così ha fatto mio fratello che negli anni 70 si è laureato al City College di New York in filosofia.
    Non è più così? O forse dipende da Stato a Stato?

    shera 🌹

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  3. I’m definitely with you on this one. The working poor and taxpayers are not the “entitled ones,” for sure.

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    • Thanks for your input Celia. It breaks my heart to see smart, ambitious people thrown under the bus for the sake of political correctness.

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  4. I think the cost of higher education in this country has gotten way out of hand (much like medical care). When we were in Delft, we had a long, interesting conversation with some university students there. I left quite impressed with the Dutch education system.

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    • In America we have a view of education that differs from much of Europe. There, like health care, it is a right; here both are deemed a privilege. The cost of both education and healthcare has gotten completely out of control while both form the nucleus of a successful society.

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  5. Always remember that the eaters and takers get our money because our government is scared of the harm they might cause without it and the insane response from the Democrats if it were removed.

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  6. So many stories like this leaving us bewildered with so many unanswered questions. It just leaves me disappointed and speechless.

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