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I agree. In addition, we must remember that President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have all pushed major initiatives on education. That includes pre-school, higher education, technical school vocational training, tech colleges, community colleges, job retraining programs, apprenticeships, internships, government loans and subsidies, and other affordable means of acquiring the skills for jobs in the 21st Century. Google any of those terms and you will find initiatives proposed by Democrats and Democratic Party leaders to give equal opportunity to climb a career ladder.
Why haven't some of these taken off? For one thing Republican obstructionism, but also costs for some...I'll concede that. Another, of course, is that there is some kind of warped mentality that getting an education makes you "elitist". Maybe they think God will take care of them. It's as Obama once said: "pride in ignorance". No Job Guarantee or other self-improvement programs can help those that seem to have a mental block against any government program to help them. Still I do not want to abandon them - as Jared says, we have empathy but empathy can only go so far. Republicans need to stop exploiting them.