Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Upcoming Generations Ruined & On the Path to Oblivion

April 17, 2006 Vol. 167 No. 16

Source: Time

"Shawn Sturgill, 18, had a clique of his own at Shelbyville High, a dozen or so friends who sat at the same long bench in the hallway outside the cafeteria. They were, Shawn says, an average crowd. Not too rich, not too poor; not bookish, but not slow. They rarely got into trouble. Mainly they sat around and talked about Camaros and the Indianapolis Colts.

These days the bench is mostly empty. Of his dozen friends, Shawn says just one or two are still at Shelbyville High. If some cliques are defined by a common sport or a shared obsession with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, Shawn's friends ended up being defined by their mutual destiny: nearly all of them became high school dropouts.

Shawn's friends are not alone in their exodus. Of the 315 Shelbyville students who showed up for the first day of high school four years ago, only 215 are expected to graduate. The 100 others have simply melted away, dropping out in a slow, steady bleed that has left the town wondering how it could have let down so many of its kids.

They all left to work for the likes of McDonalds and Taco Bell... that's just swell. I can just see their payroll deductions supporting the coffers of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, & Federal and State Income Taxes.

If you are 40-50 Something-- don't count on Uncle Sam's promises when you retire.

Was it all just a Dream?

Do you want to continue to "Live In A World of Darkness" or do you want to "Fly Like A Eagle"?

It's Your Choice in 2006 & 2008...


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