What are the ways that Americans have lost their sense of a work ethic and having a can do
attitude? Do you further believe that American society and culture has become more entitled and far less dependent on a work ethic?
It starts with the message that people are receiving both in the media and from our politicians. There seems to be a constant drumbeat of hopelessness. "You can't beat the corporations." or "American is owned by the rich." Ridiculous. It provides excuses for people to do nothing: don't vote, don't work, and don't contribute. President Obama was supposed to bring a message of hope and the future, instead he has laid the groundwork for a generation of young people to have built in excuses (and I'm looking at you too Bernie Sanders).
I think many people are disillusioned by the system. Wages have barely gone up and people that are working full-time, and sometimes two full-time jobs, still can't manage to get by. It makes people give up hope.
Not to mention the recession really changed things. I saw excellent workers laid off and mediocre workers kept on because they were related to a manager or brown-nosed their way to the top. It sends a negative message to the workers that are still there.
I having these day, sense of a work ethic is the basic knowledge.
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