We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So, is work ethic inherited or learned behavior?
I have it. My 2 siblings have it. Mr. Fjord and his 2 siblings have it.
2 out of 3 of our offspring have it. And they were all raised on a dairy farm, yet the oldest finds service work; starting at min. wage in food service or washing floors beneath her. And she wasn't exactly spoiled or waited on. Lazy, yes. Selfish, yes. Although significant amounts of energy are expended in work avoidance and blaming poor work results on everything other then herself.
Atlantic City is not the only city going under. New York City would be under if not bailed out by the government and fema, along with N.O., and add numerous others that are disintegrating every day. The predominate members are the welfare class and the government class...neither of which produces a desired product. One more financial crises and most will be burning.
"A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States."