America has always prided itself on being the type of place where anyone with enough determination can climb the economic ladder.
But these days, many Americans seem to be growing frustrated by the gap between those who are wealthy and those who are not.
Our most popular Life Inc. post this week looked at a Pew study showing that most Americans see a strong or very strong conflict between rich and poor Americans. That perception has increased significantly over the past couple years, as the country has struggled to overcome the effects of the Great Recession.
Many readers have clearly been angered by what they see as a growing disparity.
“The poor fight the wars and work the jobs. The rich make money off of those endeavors. Job creators (yeah right),” one reader wrote.
But others saw the conflict as more of a sign of difficult times.
“The rich attack the poor for being lazy and the poor attack the rich for being greedy. The haves & have-nots always battle in tough times,” another reader wrote.
If the weak economy has feeling more poor than rich, then chances are the holidays were especially tough. Another popular post this week looked at smart ways to dig out of that holiday debt.
The post prompted a lively discussion on how to avoid getting into debt in the first place.
“Your employer gives you only two opportunities each year to bring the entire family together: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don't ruin it by paying off the credit card bills for the rest of the year,” one reader wrote.
Hindsight is always 20-20, whether you’re looking at your post-holiday credit card bill or considering whether you really should have friended your boss on Facebook and then posted those photos of your wild New Year’s Eve bash.
Another popular Life Inc. post this week looked at how the youngest members of the workforce may be inadvertently oversharingwith their co-workers on Facebook, to the possible detriment of their career.
Some people said they had learned to be careful on Facebook, by keeping their boss and co-workers from seeing their posts. Others argued that people should have learned by now.
“Facebook, facebook. At this point, it isn't like people don't know the bad things that can happen to them. It is that they don't care until they've paid the price,” one reader wrote.