This author argues that there isn't any truth in saying that we are living in a land of opportunities because there's limitations put on some lives right from the beginning. I believe Kristof's main point was to address the problem that not enough focus is on this issue of limitations. He states a couple times,"Now, that's what the presidential candidates should be discussing". (Kristof) He's making the point that as a nation we are focusing and going back and forth on things that are not particularly what we should be focusing a lot of our time on. There's the big problem of poverty, as well as many other things but Kristof believes that poverty isn't at the top of the list of things that need to be addressed and worked on. The people who have the power to address the issue are not usually part of the low income class and don't feel the need to do anything about it because they are not witnessing nor are they suffering therefore isn't an problem for them.
Kristof also talks about how being brought into and raised by certain families and their standings, will affect the kind of limitations that child will have on their lives. "A child born in the bottom quintile of incomes in the United States has only a 4 percent chance of rising to the top quintile, according to a Pew Study."(Kristof) In different parts of the world, the percentages change but are still low. Children who are born into a family of low income is shown/said to have a life where they never make it to earn more than their parents and end up still in with low income. I agree with was Kristof is saying because if someone is brought up and raised in an environment where they become comfortable with for example, drugs and alcohol, they are more than likely to follow in the same path. Not a lot of people in theses types of situations are able to get out. Like Kristof says, "It happens, but not often."I believe that anyone can get out of a bad situation, it just takes that person to be motivated to become better,and go farther.
Kristof mentions one of his old friends, Rick Goff and how he struggled with limitations he had on his life. From how Kristof talks about Rick, I picked up that he was a smart and hard working male who grew up not being able to really show he's talents due to the limitations put on him. This connected to his argument that some children have limitations put on them from the beginning. Rick Goff wasn't born into a high income home, therefore always struggled to make it higher in life.
Overall, I saw Kristof's point as not everyone is given a fair shot at opportunities because it's being based off where they come from and not from who they are.
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I believe that this is such a big problem that is still going on now and will still go in the future. There are people who believe strongly that your past shapes your future and you have nothing to do with it and you will follow that path. Even though it doesn't happen as often as it should, people do try and become better than what they are born into. Everyone is said to be born with a clean slate but is that really what happens?
I think this cartoon shows that this issue isn't going to go away in the future. People of higher problem will keep ignoring the problem and the number of people suffering from poverty will just keep increasing.