From Each According to Their Ability...
What am I talking about? Well, we all know that resources and wealth in our society are not distributed equally. A lot of our social programs are aimed at helping those who cannot afford basic needs - food, shelter, healthcare. This to me seems correct at a certain level. I don't believe that a utopian society can exist where everything is distributed equally. And we know because of various fundamental forces, such as supply and demand, and innate intelligence and other skills that some people will be more successful than others. If you're born with an IQ of 90, and your neighbor is born with an IQ of 150, chances are your neighbor will succeed better than you through no fault of your own. Or if your house burned down because it was hit by lightning and you lost all possessions, you should get humanitarian help from your fellow citizens.
However, it is clear that a large percentage of those who receive help, help which I pay for through taxes on my hard work, do not try to better themselves, and are not in dire straits because of some misfortune, but because they are just not interested in working hard and improving themselves. This is a politically incorrect statement, but it is indisputable.
It is true that there are no easy solutions. You cannot take a homeless bum who was living on the streets for ten years and put him in a corporate environment and expect him to thrive. And clearly there are barriers of prejudice and ethnic discrimination, yet these are surmountable - and the truth of the matter is that these are at their lowest level now than ever before. And if Jews can come to this country as peddlers and tailors and their children can become doctors and lawyers, and the same with the Koreans and the Chinese who come here as grocery owners and laundry operators and their kids dominate the Ivy Leagues, and the same with the Indians who come here and drive cabs and work in gas stations and donut shops and seven elevens, there is no reason why others cannot.