Embracing Opportunity For The United States Essay

3135 Words Aug 1st, 2014 13 Pages
Michelle Collier_0037581
Mrs. Watts
Eng. 3
31 July 2014
Embracing Opportunity “Everyone has an equal chance to succeed. Success in the United States requires no more than hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance: ‘In America, anyone can become a millionaire; it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time’” (Mantsios 283). This quote from “Class in America” was written by Gregory Mantsios who is the director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at Queens College of the City University of New York (Mantsios 281). While most people in America would agree with his statement, Mantsios has labeled it, along with three other claims, a ‘myth’, which he then sets out to debunk with what he calls ‘realities’. For instance, the reality he claims for this particular myth is, “that because of inheritance laws, some people have a greater chance of success than others”; perhaps he was referring to tax laws on inheritances for only the very rich, but his text does not say that explicitly, and even if that were true, it completely disregards the fact that for something to be inherited, at some point it first had to be earned. For those who can afford to leave any sort of an inheritance there are financial consultants like Kyle Sanders, who has an article in the Wealth section of the Wall Street Journal’ titled "Voices: Kyle Sanders, On Maturity-Based Inheritances." In his article Sanders’ says “I recommend my clients use a…

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