Economic Cancer: That Sense of "Entitlement"

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Kirkland Properties DRE #01442598

This is an incredible post and I had to re-blog it.  Wake up America.  There is no free lunch and we need to get back to earning our way and not expecting entitlements.

Original content by Janet Guilbault NMLS #238304

When did we start to feel entitled?

In the Depression of the 1930's, the jobless father of 4 asked the farmer if he could work on the farm for a day in exchange for food to feed his family.

In the Depression of 2010 do we just take the food from the farmer because, after all, you and your family are entitled to eat?

Are we:

Entitled to a life better than our parents had?

Entitled to own real estate?

Entitled to dis-own real estate?

Entitled to be bailed out?

Entitled to a job?

Entitled to health care? And to social security when we grow old?

You would sure think so by what surrounds us.

Why work? Why pay your bills? Why take care of your health and your finances? Why respect what others have earned?

Do we take the course that will help us? Or do we just help ourselves to what others have produced?

When did we start to believe that America owed us more than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Is it because the government has redefined the word "rights" to include never needing to suffer?

Is it because a generation came of age when stock market wealth and real estate equity made it seem like real work was obsolete? 

Did 100% stated income loans with a few years of teaser rates train us to believe the American Dream was what every American deserved?

Did plastic in our wallets make it seem like our rights included unlimited gratification?

Somehow, we have lost our way.

Let us hope to sprout fresh green grass across America we do not need to completely kill the roots.


Written by Janet Guilbault, Mortgage Banker/Broker and Direct Lender Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area


Comments (4)

Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Did you know that before 1920 it was considered the Churches job to take care of the widows, orphans and generally people in need. But in the 30's the government saw what it considered a money maker to the churches and the fact that people so willing gave 10% and upwards that they started what has become our welfare system.

What the government didn't know is that the churches had to account for every dime thus lies the corruption of the US. The government should get out of the Church business and concentrate on running the country. But they can't because it is part of dumbing down of Amerca.

Oct 25, 2009 04:56 AM
Donna J. Stephens
BHHS Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE

This is very good. I can see why you posted it. We need to get this message out to our children. Thanks for re-sharing.

Oct 25, 2009 04:56 AM
Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
Certified Negotiation Consultants

I agree that many in this wonderful country that we live in do not understand how lucky they are.

Oct 25, 2009 05:05 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

We are very lucky to live here and have the life we do!  K

May 29, 2013 04:09 PM